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Louisa Catherine Adams was the wife of John Quincy Adams. She was the first lady from 1825-1829, and she was the only first lady to be born outside the U.S. Adams writes this poem to Thomas, stating "your presence eased the lab'ring thought/the note aside was laid/ Before, with kind expression fraught/my compliment was paid." Dated January 25, 1842.
To ? Thomas. ___ at note last night addressed to you was by my pen indited: Professional alone ‘tis true By anxious doubt incited: Your presence eased the lab'ring thought The not aside was laid Before, with kind expression fraught my compliment was paid In justice then Dear Doctor now Then pen & quick resume, Esteem and friendship to avow, To love I cann’t presence Love such as Mother to her son With bond affection proffer’d; Spring from a grateful heart alone with pleasure may be offer’d - of deep respect assurance kind no proof what’ere requires Tis the conviction of the mind that merit aye inspires; This silly scrawl you must excuse A laugh its best reward The Sentiment do not refuse; The lines their just reward Louisa Catherine Adams F. Street 25 Jan 1842
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poem, Adams, Louisa Catherine Adams, F Street, Washington, Port Townsend, poem, poetry, John Quincy Adams, Thomas, January 25 1842.
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Adams, Louisa Catherine, "Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams poem "to Thomas," 1842." (1842). Broadus R. Littlejohn, Jr. Manuscript and Ephemera Collection. 204.
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