Adams Papers

Louisa Catherine Johnson to John Quincy Adams, 24 Apr. 1797

London April 24th 1797

I have recieved your letter of the 13th, my beloved friend, it is impossible to express the delight I experienced, when I read the welcome tidings it conveyed

yes my dearest friend, should you find it practicable, I will with pleasure attend—you—My whole life shall be devoted to render you happy, and I trust in time, it will be in my power to convince you, that [I am] far from wishing to interrupt your studies, too great an anxiety for your health <induce> induced me to write what has so much offended you,I have so often committed these faults lately, that whenever I write you, I feel a sort of fear, lest I <should> inadvertently repeat them

I will say no more on this subject my Adams, your <mature> Letter conveyed such pleasing intelligence, <that> I cannot dwell on the latter part of it—I only [fear] that something will happen to prevent our meeting, and I scarcely dare encourage the flattering hope, lest I should again be disappointed— —I shewed my father that part of your letter, wherein you [mention] the probability of your return he told me he would write you by this opportunity

Ah my friend, it was in my last letter I <told> said, that I was more reconciled to <the idea> our lengthened seperation but the pleasure I now feel, fully convinces me how much I shall suffer, should we at last be doomed to seperate—My last disappointment has taught me to fear, and I find it almost impossible to check my apprehensions—

All the family desire to be remembered— —

Farewell my best friend, believe me sincerely yours,

Louisa C. Johnson

RC (MHi: Adams Papers).

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