|London April 11th.1797|
Do not imagine my friend, that I am so weak as to indulge the hope of meeting in this Country, ardently as I desire it, I am too well convinced our seperation for a time is inevitable to suffer myself to encourage such delusive ideas, and I now endeavor as much as possible to acquire that fortitude, you so much admire, and which I really find so essential— — —
You tell me my friend that it is probable you may not remove untill the fall—I need not repeat what I so often said, for you must know that this certainty cannot contribute to my happiness, however I must myself with the hope that when we do meet, we shall never again be seperated— —
What you said respecting Portugal surprized me, as I had lately understood she was likely to make her peace, but I think a Country that is likely to be invaded by a foreign army, cannot be a desirable residence for a Lady, though I should not have hesitated accompanying you, had it been possible— —
Mr. Hall who dined with us yesterday, talks of visiting you at The Hague in a week or two— — —
Mama, and my Sisters, send their love to you—believe me ever faithfully your friend.
Louisa C. Johnson