Louisa Catherine Johnson to John Quincy Adams
London Decbr: 6th 1796
Agreable to my promise of the 29th of writing to my beloved friend once a week I now contrary to etiquette enter upon the pleasant occupation—
Surely you will acknowledge—when I tell you you are indebted to me four letters I have amply compensated for my former omission— I have vainly expected to hear from you but the winds are unfavorable in a word every thing seems to conspire— I will only say to teach me patience
There are I find two Mails due Oh may they prove auspicious to my wishes in bringing me letters—
I will not mention the subject which has caused our mutual uneasiness lest it give you pain— I have promised to exert fortitude and will endeavour to fulfill that promise reason tells me I shall at least acquire resignation if not happiness—
Never my beloved friend let my weakness lessen your affection for me but write to me constantly and if possible teach my rebellious heart gently to acquiesce without murmering— Adieu think of me often and believe me with unalterable affection yours
Louisa C Johnson1
RC (Adams Papers).
1. LCA still had not heard from JQA by the following week. In a letter dated 13 Dec., she again complained about this lapse and apologized for her letter-writing abilities (Adams Papers).