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Louisa Catherine Johnson to John Quincy Adams

24 Apr. 1797

London April 24th 1797

I have recieved your letter of the 13th, my beloved friend, it is impossible to express the delight I experienced, when I read the welcome tidings it conveyed

yes my dearest friend, should you find it practicable, I will with pleasure attend—you—My whole life shall be devoted to render you happy, and I trust in time, it will be in my power to convince you, that \I am/ far from wishing to interrupt your studies, too great an anxiety for your health induce induced me to write what has so much offended you,I have so often committed these faults lately, that whenever I write you, I feel a sort of fear, lest I should inadvertently repeat them

I will say no more on this subject my Adams, your mature Letter conveyed such pleasing intelligence, that I cannot dwell on the latter part of it—I only \fear/ that something will happen to prevent our meeting, and I scarcely dare encourage the flattering hope, lest I should again be disappointed— —I shewed my father that part of your letter, wherein you \mention/ the probability of your return he told me he would write you by this opportunity

Ah my friend, it was in my last letter I told said, that I was more reconciled to the idea our lengthened seperation but the pleasure I now feel, fully convinces me how much I shall suffer, should we at last be doomed to seperate—My last disappointment has taught me to fear, and I find it almost impossible to check my apprehensions—

All the family desire to be remembered— —

Farewell my best friend, believe me sincerely yours,

Louisa C. Johnson

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