September 20 1815: Capricious Letters


Since I have got settled here in the Country, eight miles distant, from Hyde Park Corner, I can find or make leisure about once a week to write a Letter, short or long, to you, to my mother or to my brother, and to enclose with it to you a weekly Newspaper—They will not reach you with equal regularity, for winds and waves will always be capricious—And thus after having received in three months after my arrival here sixteen letters from you, and ten from my Mother, I have now been nearly a full month with out receiving one either from her or you. There are particularly none, since my last Letter to you which was dated the 31st of August.

— John Quincy Adams writes to John Adams, September 20 1815.

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