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Joshua Johnson to John Quincy Adams

2 Sep. 1796

Dear Sir London 2 Septemr. 1796.

I have a pleasure in acknowledging the receits of your two favors of the 11 July & 6th. Ultimo, neither of which came to hand so speedily as they should & in order to secure in future a more regular conveyance of your Letters, I wish you to send them under cover to my Friend Mr. Fredrick Delius of Bro... & he will take the same [. . .] & forward them on to me—A paragraft appeared some time ago in a French Journal stating that the Directory had Issued orders to their Cruzers to capture all Neutral Vessells \bound to or from England/ & carry them in for adjudication; this has created much alarm here for fear it will be the means of creating a division again in our Country, but as Mr. Munro has never wrote our Gentlemen any thing about them altho we begin to hope that their is nothing in it & that our Country will be left to [. . .] Peace as to advantages—

I attend to your reasoning on the Subject of the next President & in case of certain events takeing place, I approve of your [. . .] determination; but as matters have turnd out, I do not see how you can do otherwise than to accept your Appointment & repairing to your Post, I wish to know how soon this may be & when we may expect the pleasure to see you in London & how long you intend staying with us, Indeed I cannot say that I am fond of your going to Lisbon whilst matters bears so gloomy an aspect & over that Country, but you certainly are much better informed of the intentions of France a& Spain towards her, than I am.

Our gineral situation here is truly alarming, National Credit has sunk to a very low Ebb & as for Private that is almost annihilated. a general alarm has seazed most Ranks of an Invasion as for my own part I believe it only a trick of Govnment to assay some of their views—

I have Letters from America down to the 9 July they inform me that the Harvest was got in & more abundant than any ever before, that the price of all the necessaries of Life was falling & which could but add comfort to the Poor—

The Commissioners have elected an Umpier by Ballot & the lott has fallen to your Freind Colo. Trumbull, who is now here & ready to take action the association of what I think a disagreable peice of business. Mr Hall has been to Brighton. I hear he returned Yesterday but I have not seen him, nor have I deliverd him your Letter, but it shall be done to Day, He has left a parcel of Books to be sent to you but as you are so soon expected here I think it needless—Inclosed you have one Letter only. Mrs. Johnson has not been well for Several Days, the Ladies & Children are all well, Madam & they all unite in sincere esteem & regard for you with my. / Dear Sir / Your Affectionate Friend,

Joshua Johnson

RC (MHi: Adams Papers).
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