Adams Papers

Louisa Catherine Johnson to John Quincy Adams, 14 Mar. 1797

London March 14th 1797

I have repeatedly perused your letter of the 27 of February, which afforded me infinite pleasure, as it perfectly coincides with my sentiments— —

Let me again assure you my best friend, that you shall never more be offended by an assertion of Spirit, that I in reality do not possess, and permit me to request, you will cease to mention a subject, which has already cost me so much pain, and for which I entreat your pardon—no sooner were those letters gone, than I repented my folly and was convinced my conduct was weak, and ridiculous. I therefore trust in your accustomed indulgence, to overlook and forgive the past, as I have long since and believe me, I shall carefully [avoid] every thing of the sort in future— — —

You tell me that you fear to mention your books, since the success of your recommendation, of Madame de Stael’s new Work, I expected this, and felt inclined to ask you to recommend such books as you thought might improve me, but I was fearful after what I had written, you might suppose I had no meaning in the request, and therefore pay no attention to it—but since you have mentioned it, I wish you would point out such as you think will be profitable, and I can assure you I shall feel myself much obliged— —

We hear nothing of the Election in America—but by a Gentleman lately arrived from New York, we understand there is a report, of Mr. Madisons being appointed Minister extraordinary to France, to settle the difference between that Country, and America I wish it may be true, as I think a war with France, or any Country, must be very injurious at this period to America— — —

All the family desire to be remembered—Mr. Bourne is not gone being detained by contrary winds— —

Adieu—present my respects to your Brother, and be assured of the constant, and invariable affection, of your

Louisa C. Johnson

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