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Louisa Catherine Johnson to John Quincy Adams

7 Feb. 1797

London Feby: 7th 1797

I cannot concieve the reason my beloved friend of your not recieving my letters, as I have written constantly and I believe more than once a week— —

You know not with what delight I reced your very affectionate letter of Jany. 20—I have repeatedly perused it, and each time affords me higher gratification—It assures me of your affection, and every line convinces me that you are again become the tender, and gentle friend, to whom I have ever been so fondly attached— —Ah my best friend, there is indeed in this and your last letter a striking difference, and you would not have written in such harsh terms to your Louisa, if you had considered that the trifling error she committed, was occasioned by a too great partiallity for yourself—I am sure you did not reflect upon the mortification and sorrow it must cause her, who would rather suffer every misfortune, than for one moment lose your good opinion— —

I believe I mentioned in a former letter, that your father and Mr: Pinckney were elected President, and Vice President—It appears to have been merely a report respecting Mr. P., as there are accounts of a much later date, which state Mr. Jeffersons being elected Vice President. it is mentioned as a certainty, but there are so many different reports, that it is impossible to know which is just— —The last accounts state your Father, to have a majority of ten votes, and all the States had voted but Kentucky and Tenessee— —

You tell me my best \friend/ not to make a toil of my correspondence never can writing to you appear a toil to me—conscious as I am of my inability to write elegantly, I feel too much real satisfaction in attempting to express my constant affection by every opportinity to debar \myself/ from what I now think so pleasing an occupation—It is an accomplishment of all others in my opinion the most elegant and usefull, and much do I wish I could acquire it, though I candidly confess, I had rather with my body be obliged to correspond, with any body than you— —

Adieu my dearest friend, love me, and be happy says your

Louisa C. Johnson

RC (MHi: Adams Papers).
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