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John Quincy Adams to Thomas Boylston Adams

6 May 1796

My dear Brother London May 6th: 1796.

I have within these three days successively received your letters of the 17th: and 28th: of last month. I had previously grown extremely anxious on your account, not having heard from you for so long a time. My apprehensions were not without foundation, but from your last I am led to hope your recovery is by this time complete, and that the beauty of the Season, will soon give you the strength which may still be deficient.

But your letter of the 22d: mentioned in that of the 28th: as containing an assignment for 200 guineas, has not yet come to hand. Its importance would at all times be considerable, but at the present it is of unusual magnitude to me, because the want of the supply with which it is to furnish me, is the only circumstance which still detains me here. I have received at length from America the letter which I have been expecting these four months, and am therefore more than ever impatient to take my departure. Had your letter of the 22d: have been equally fortunate with that of the 28th: I should have improved personally the opportunity by which I now write.

I shall bring with me the articles of Mr: Noël, and the tooth brush &c for yourself. But you need not sit up or hire an house. I shall, however unwillingly, cross the water with no other companion beside my man Sauche.

You must get the news, from the papers I send.

your brother

J. Q. Adams.

(DLC: Gates W. McGarrah Collection).
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