Montezillo November 1st 1821
Though my visit to Princetown formes an Era in my Life, and afforded me as much pleasure as my nature, and state was capable of—And though I look upon every step of its progress with delight St Anthony who was as persecuting a saint as any in the Callendar took advantage of it to stir up his <
fires> subterranean fires, and sent a violent inflamation into my eyes and face, which has prevented my writing till this time—I left your lofty situation and Elegant Establishment with admiration that I shall never forget—nor your, and Mrs Boylstons perpetual civilities and kindness’s I hope this Noble seat will descend to your Posterity, in the name of Boylston forever and ever—which reminds me of my duty to complain of your with-holding from me the sight of your grandson Ward Boylston of Lancaster—I would have skiped off my Bed like a grashopper to have seen him—And I reproach myself with my own hebetude in not thinking to demand an introduction to him
I found my Old Habitation looking externally exactly as it did when I left it, and without any difference internally, except a few repairs going on in the upper Chambers—Without fondly believing in any miraculous interposition of a special Providence for me, I am stricken with admiration, and deeply affected with gratitude for a surprising preservation, from a privation of a Place, in which to lay my head—The expence of repairs, though two great for my scanty revenues to bear without inconvenience, were not so great as I expected—My family are all <
[. . .]> arrived in good health in Washington, and George town—I hope soon to hear of your arrival in Roxbury, and to receive you, and Mrs Boylston with open Arms at Montezillo—
I presume the secretary of State is sufficiently tormented in writing sharp answers, to bitter remonstrances, to Don somebody, concerning Floridian affairs
I am with sincere affection / your friend,
MHi: Adams Family Papers, Letterbooks.