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Joshua Johnson to John Quincy Adams

19 Jul. 1797

Dear Sir Coopers Row. 19 July 1797.

In consequence of what Mrs. Johnson tells me, had passed between you & her on Sunday, I am induced to believe that a matter of Delicacy on your part retards your Union with my Child. the uncertainty how long you may remain here, together with the shortness of my stay makes me ardently wish to see it compleated, do not then lose sight of peas and happiness, by the supposition that the request made by her Mother (to make my House your Home) can possibly be attended with the slightest inconveniency, on the contrary, believe me that your acceptance (en Familli) of the small comforts we have to bestow, will diffuse general Joy & Delight through our little Circle. Any Embarassments you may envisage attendant on your private business, will be easily obviated by devoteing (should you prefer it) your Mornings or any part of the Day at your present aboade.

I have been thus particular, in order to prevent your haveing an Idea that you will not be perfectly free from restraint, from [. . . ] as us [. . .] you will receive in [. . .], will be but Judge, my feeling, at parting with her, the goodness of your Heart, will lead you to believe, that being a Witness to her happiness during her stay here will in some degree tend to allievate the pangs of seperation. That those sentiments may be riciprocal is the sincerest wish of my, Dear Sir / Your truly affectionate

Joshua Johnson

P.S. If you have no Engagement I shall be happy to see you an hour before Dinner Tomorrow as I want to consult you on some affairs of my own

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