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Louisa Catherine Johnson to John Quincy Adams, 11 April 1797

Louisa Catherine Johnson to John Quincy Adams

London April 11th. 1797

Do not imagine my friend, that I am so weak as to indulge the hope of meeting you in this Country, ardently as I desire it, I am too well convinced our seperation for a time is inevitable to suffer myself to encourage such delusive ideas, and I now endeavor as much as possible to acquire that fortitude, you so much admire, and which I really find so essential—

You tell me my friend that it is probable you may not remove untill the fall— I need not repeat what I have so often said, for you must know that this certainty cannot contribute to my happiness, however I must content myself with the hope that when we do meet, we shall never again be seperated—

What you said respecting Portugal surprized me, as I had lately understood she was likely to make her peace, but I think a Country that is likely to be invaded by a foreign army, cannot be a desirable residence for a Lady, though I should not have hesitated accompanying you, had it been possible—1

Mr. Hall who dines with us yesterday, talks of visiting you at The Hague in a week or two—2

Mama, and my Sisters, send their love to you— believe me ever faithfully your friend.

Louisa C. Johnson

RC (Adams Papers).

1See JQA to LCA, 31 March, and note 3, above.

2Joseph Hall did not visit JQA at this time.

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