Adams Papers

C[atherine] Johnson to John Quincy Adams, 18 Sep. 1797

Stromness the orkney Islands Sept 18th 97

My Dear Son

altho an unsolicited Coresponden[t] my heart assure’s, me these few Lines, will find A Generous Asylum, in your Breast, you will doubtless be surpris’d at the date of this, but driven by adverse Winds, & what is still Worse, Adverse Fortune, we are Obliged to take refuge in one of the Islands, of the Orkney’s, the sport of Boreos for these last ten days, we Blest the Providince, which Secur’d us a safe Retreat, in this harbour, the town the only one on these Islands that I Can discover, is A miserable poor place, but to me at this moment, magnificently Grand, so do we measure happiness, from the transition, of Pain to Pleasure, not a face that I see but appears to bring me some Comfort, Alass short Liv’d will [it] be, as we are now, not, any nearer to our destination than when we Left Margate, the same tract of Ocean to Measure & the season far advancing, I will not however give way, to unpleasant anticipations, but return my gratefull acknowledgement, to the great dispasion of the Universe, that has Conducted me to thios port of Safety, well knowing your time Can be better Spent than in perusing my dull Epistle, I must Conclude with this Great truth, that no Event of my Life, has given me more heartfelt Satisfaction, than that which enables me, to subscribe myself your / Affectionate Mother

C Johnson

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