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John Quincy Adams to Abigail Adams 2d

23 Feb. 1796

My Dear Sister London February 23d. 1796

I received from Mr. Willink short lines since your favour of October 26 [. . . .] pleasure, not only from the [. . . .] as a [. . . .] as to [. . . .] : but in his reciprocal apologies [. . . .] I am very happy to hear that you have so [. . . .] Her fair complexion her blue eyes and auburn hair are all powerful attractions, and I dare say in due time will operate as [. . . .] feelings [. . .] those of a moth, [. . . .] I am persuaded she will have from her

The spirit of [. . . .] we have all a wonderful [. . . .] It is my most sincere [. . . .] I may enjoy all the pleasures of marriage [. . . .].

[. . . .] nothing they talk of [. . . .] It appears to

I have [. . . .] a number of your friends, who always [. . .] ask of you with the kindness and affection which proves their acquaintance with you. Those [. . . .], with whom I have [. . . .] acquaintance in Mrs. Copley and Mrs. Johnson, and [. . .] very amiable daughter. Mrs. Johnson [speaks with much gratification [. . . .] you on his arrival at New York, and says [. . . .].

I expect to return to Holland in the course of a few weeks and hope to hear from you in future more frequently than I have [. . . .]. Although society that I meet with here is infinitely more. . . .at the Hague, I prefer that [. . . .].

There are a considerable number of Americans [. . . .] parts of United States, and yesterday a party of about 30 dined with Mr. J. Barry [. . . .] on the anniversary of the Presidents birthday. Mr. Rogers was there. I understand from him that he has a [letter from you of about the same date. [. . . .] suppose he will write you by this opportunity. [. . .] was here not long since and is now in France; anxious I believe to return to America, which indeed is the [. . .] us all. For myself I hope the period is not very far distant, [. . . .] when I shall be enabled to confirm from the testimony of my own eyes, all your eulogies upon your lovely Caroline Amelia, and to assure you again from my [. . . .] of the invariable affection of your brother

John Q. Adams.

Remember me kindly to the Coll: and your boys, as well as to Charles, and [. . . .] sister

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