Montezillo 31st July 1821
Had I not been poisoned by the mephytic iffluvia of blossoms and roses to such a degree as to deprive me of the right of letters and the feeling of a pen: I should have long since acknowledged the honour of your obliging letter of the 13th of the month. it is perfectly satisfactory to me and it ought to be so and I presume will be so to Dr Waterhouse.
I am happy to hear that your health is generally very good, and congratulate you on the great and just success of your administration. My health is much better, though feeble enough than at my age I have any right to expect.
Although we happily enjoy a profound tranquillity and a remarkable prosperity, the state of the world is still alarming; but I have heard that “the business of the world will do itself and there is a sense in which it is true. There can be no doubt it will be done well. With great respect and sincere esteem I have the honour to be / your obliged friend
MHi: Adams Family Papers, Letterbooks.