Adams Papers

To John Adams from Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams, 14 April 1819

Washington 14 April 1815

My Dear Sir

It is always painful to be the bearer of bad tidings and yet it is a duty from which we cannot fly.—I have occasionally mentioned the dreadful state in which Lieut’ Clark has laid; that you might be prepared for that change, which was to release him from a world of suffering to a state of bliss—He terminated his life at eight o clock this morning after the most dreadful sufferings, but retained his senses to the last—Susan has borne the shock with as much fortitude as could possibly be expected and I hope will come to me in a few days—The funeral will take place tomorrow.—

The weather is intensely hot for the Season the thermometer above eighty.—and we are all in a state of debility and exhaustion in consequence of the sudden change you will therefore excuse my writing a very short Letter and subscribing myself as usual your dutiful and affectonate daughter

L. C Adams

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