Washington 27 Novbr: 1820
My dear Harriet
According to your desire I burnt the Letter which you wrote me and respect greatly the anxiety you manifest for the subject of it, but all traces of the event having apparently disappeared I hope it will never be renewed to pain the feelings of your friend I was not aware that she was a daughter of Miss [Outrums] I pity her from my heart and think she was fortunate in not becoming his Wife of the man altho’ his fate certainly excites feelings of regret.
I am thankful to you for the information concerning John for whose conduct I trembled knowing the feiry impetuosity of his character and the ardour of his feelings thank God he has gotten through this difficult which I hope will prove the first and last he will have to contend with during his residence in College—George is now of an age to be a man therefore I am not surprized he should grow serious—We expect they will leave Cambridge the 16 of next Month—I fear the Steam boats will not run as <
they> the ice already appears to be inching in our Winters. I hope they will have cloths fit to make their debut in as they are much more expensive here than in Boston. I will thank you to speak to them on the subject.
I have received the pocket handkerchief safe but beg you will not send any thing more by the Mail
I am very happy to learn that Mrs. de Wints health is so perfectly re-established and hope sincerely you may never have cause to fear a relapse
Adieu my dear Hariet present me kindly to your father and Mother and believe me ever your friend
L. C Adams
I wish you would get me some handsome plaid ribbon broad and narrow and send by the boys Mr [T]. B A. will pay for it.
MHi: Adams Papers.