Adams Papers

Louisa Catherine Adams to Abigail Adams, 12 June 1798

Louisa Catherine Adams to Abigail Adams

Berlin June 12th 1798

My Dear Madam

After having so long delayed to answer your very affectionate letter I feel perfectly ashamed of making any excuse as I am consious it is not in my power to make a proper one I must therefore rely upon your known indulgence and in future be more careful—1 Our jouney from Hamburg was extremely unpleasant the roads were very bad and I was in constant dread of our being overset but fortunately we arrived very safe and I flattered myself that I should feel no ill effects from the fatigue. hoever it proved otherwise and I suffered a dreadful illness from which I thank God I am entirely recovered—

The people in this Country have been extremely polite and kind to me which has made my residence in Berlin much more agreeable than I expected it is very gay, as there are several Princesses many of them have parties every day The Queen is very young and very Handsome of a lively disposition and fond of company it is therefore supposed that the next winter will be remarkably brilliant but I rather doubt it as the King though very young is a very domestic man and dislikes the ceremony which must always attend a Court I have been presented both to the King and Queen and the Princesses have been very kind to me but I seldom go out as I do not like large parties. The coronation in Berlin is fixed for the sixth of next Month2 there would have been some splendid entertainments made for the Queen but she expects so soon to be confined that it would be too fatiguing particularly after the long journey she has taken and from which she is not yet returned—3

You will see by this letter My Dear Mother what a very bad correspondent you have but I am sure you will have the goodness to excuse my inability to write any thing amusing and reflect that though I may not succeed I endeavor to do my best—

Adieu my Dear Mother offer my affectionate duty to my Father and love believe me your dutiful and affectionate Daughter

Louisa C. Adams

RC (Adams Papers); addressed: “Mrs: A. Adams”; endorsed by William Smith Shaw: “Mrs. L C Adams / June ’98.”

1AA to LCA, 24 Nov. 1797, for which see vol. 12:309–310.

2For LCA’s presentation at the Prussian court, see LCA, D&A description begins Diary and Autobiographical Writings of Louisa Catherine Adams, ed. Judith S. Graham and others, Cambridge, 2013; 2 vols. description ends , 1:56–59, 68–69, 73–75. For the ceremony of homage to King Frederick William III, see TBA to Joseph Pitcairn, 9 July 1798, and notes 2 and 3, below.

3Queen Louise Auguste Wilhelmine of Mecklenburg-Strelitz gave birth to a daughter, Frederica Louise Charlotte Wilhelmina, on 13 July. Known as Princess Charlotte, she became Alexandra Feodorovna after she married Nicholas, Grand Duke of Russia, in 1817 (D/JQA/24, 13 July 1798, APM Reel 27; Brian L. D. Coghlan and Leon P. Bignold, Virchow’s Eulogies: Rudolf Virchow in Tribute to His Fellow Scientists, Boston, 2008, p. 114; Princess Louise, Forty-five Years description begins Princess Louise of Prussia (Princess Anton Radziwill), Forty-five Years of My Life, 1770–1815, transl. A. R. Allinson, London, 1912. description ends , p. 444).

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