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Joshua Johnson to John Quincy Adams

16 Dec. 1796

London 16 December 1796.

I wrote you not long since & then promised that you should hear from me again more at length so soon as I recived some Accounts which I expected from America, tho Easterly Winds which have prevaled near a Fortnight has prevented any thing from gitting in & I am left with a same suspence as at the date of my last, & to which I have no Answer from you, this I however attribute to the Severity of the Weather; as five Packetts are now due; on a change of which I shall recive your communications with much gratification—The latest information we have from our Country is the 24 October, the People were then Ingaged in chooseing Electors for the President & Vice President, from all that I can collect, the struggle will lay between your Father & Mr. Jefferson, but the ruling opinion here seems to be that your Father is Sure in his Election, as for Vice President. I believe that there is no doubt but that Mr. Pinckney will be the Man—In respect to Politicks I have little to say, more than that I not one of the unbelevers that against a P can take my plan & I think that I am the more warranted in forming this opinion from what has past in the British House of Commons & the obstinate perseverionce of the Arch Duke—I presume that you are informed that some obstacles has arose which impead the proceedings of the Court for the adjustment of American claims, I wish that I may be wrong in my predictions, wch. that they will return as they came without doing any thing—I again ingage to you on my promise to write you fully on the Receit of my expected Letters from America & after which I think it more than probable that I shall see you at the Hague—Under cover you will find a Letter from my Child, her Mother & Sisters are all well & with her unites in every wish for your Health & happiness with— / Dear Sir / Your Sencirly Affecte. Frind

Joshua Johnson

RC (MHi: Adams Papers).
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