Adams Papers

Louisa Catherine Johnson to John Quincy Adams, 16 May 1797

London May 16th1797

I yesterday recieved your very kind letter of the 28thof April, and most sincerely wish it was in my power, to afford you any consolation—the idea of your being unhappy makes me wretched, and willingly would I relinquish every hope of your return, [rather] than cause you the slightest anxiety—You have often said my Adams, as we cannot command events, we ought to submit [to them] with fortitude, and resignation. let us then not repine my best friend at what we cannot remedy—it only requires a fresh exertion of patience which I sincerely hope may [not] long be necessary—

I have already expressed my satisfaction on hearing your Brother meant to accompany you, in his society my friend you will cease to regret our painful disappointment and you will soon be engaged in new scenes which will employ your thoughts and prevent your too oft recurring to our painful seperation— —my father tells me if you go in this danish ship you will be safe from the French—he is very uneasy <about me> lest we should be molested by them, and has written to France, to procure passports—I do not suppose he will succeed, if he should not he talks of going and embarking from thence as he would then be perfectly safe— — —May Heaven protect and guard you from every danger my most valued friend, perhaps this will be the last letter you will receive from me before you go.— — —

Adieu, remember that there lives not a being, who loves you so well as your faithful—

Louisa C. Johnson

RC (MHi: Adams Papers).

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