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Louisa Catherine Johnson to John Quincy Adams

24 Jul. 1796

London July 24th 1796

How shall I express my impatient anxiety at not hearing from you, five tedious weeks have elapsed without a line to say you are well or that I still retain a place in your remembrance—I learn continually the arrival of the Mails, consequently am alarmed at your silence—Absence I have often heard is dangerous, were I to judge solely by from my own feelings I should say that little was to \be/ feared, conscious that it strengthens rather than weakens \real/ affections. Alas at this moment I feel an aching void which only a letter from you can remove—You have frequently endeavoured to teach me fortitude, I knew not then how much I should need it and find though I listened to the Teacher I lost the lessons—Would you were here now I think I should be more attentive, yet I sincerely hope never to see you again with a probability of parting I could now say much but must suppress my thoughts—

Pray let me hear from you as often as possible, in the interim and during life Believe me / Yours Affectionately

Louisa Catherine Johnson

RC (MHi: Adams Papers).
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