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John Quincy Adams writes a romantic poem to Anna McKnight, 1829

John Quincy Adams writes a romantic poem to Anna McKnight, 1829

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A poem in which he expresses his attachment to her and asks her to consider him a true and honest friend: "My pulses, mix'd emotions blend, unchang'd by wind or weather. Of lover-brother-father-friend, to take them all together." Adams was President of the United States from 1825 until March 1829.
A poem in which he expresses his attachment to her and asks her to consider him a true and honest friend: "My pulses, mix'd emotions blend, unchang'd by wind or weather. Of lover-brother-father-friend, to take them all together." Adams was President of the United States from 1825 until March 1829.

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John Quincy Adams to Anna McKnight
Washington, D.C., 3 February 1829.Autograph manuscript signed, 1 page.To Miss Anna M
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KnightFair Anna, how shall I describeMy bosom’s deep reflection,Call’d in thy Album to inscribeThe tribute of Affection?To say I love thee were too bold – Love, is a youthful PassionAnd three score Winters are too coldFor Spring and Summer’s FashionI cannot offer thee my heart – That, long has been another’s – For me, too warm the Lover’s past: Not warm enough the brother’s – Thy Father, Anna, Shall I be?That Sentiment is cheering – But inward looking, soon I seeAn impulse more endearing.The bloom of Friendship, Sweetly blows Nor Spinning heads, nor toiling:But calm, the blood of Friendship flows;And mine for thee is boiling.Any pulses, mix’d emotions blend,Unchang’d by Wind or Weather – Of Lover – Brother – Father – Friend
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