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From John Adams to James Monroe, 31 July 1819

Montezillo July 31 1819

Dear Sir

Had I not been poisoned by the mephytic effluvia of blossoms and roses to Such a degree as to deprive me of the Sight of letters and the feeling of a pen: I Should have long Since acknowledged the honour of your obliging letter of the thirteenth 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 hapy to hear that your heal[t]h 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 hapily enjoy a profound tranquility and a remarkable prosperity, the State of the World is Still alarming, But I have heard that “The Buisness of the World will do itself.” and there is a Sense in which it is true. There can be no doubt it will be well done. With great respect and Sincere esteem I have the honour to be your obliged friend

John Adams

NN: Papers of James Monroe.

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