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From John Adams to Ward Nicholas Boylston, 30 May 1822

Montezillo May 30 1822.

My dear Cousin

Some of Jobs afflictions and some peculiar to myself have rendered it impossible for me to write to you even a bare acknowledgement of the favours I have received from you. The first & greatest of which is the Extract from Mr Nichols. The manly sense pure integrity & noble disinterestedness of that worthy gentleman always charms me. After such a treat it seems a sin & a shame to mention such an article as that of which you have sent me seven barrels. It is transcendently excellent. It is too good. I am afraid of it & yet constantly under strong temptation to transgress. I have no news to tell you very good or even very bad excepting that our English grass is languishing under a dangerous consumption & our gardens parched with a severe drought. You are situated so much nearer the Clouds that I hope you enjoy a more plentiful share of their blessings.

I am deprived by my infirmities of the joys & amusements of social life I cannot go to Cambridge to Exhibitions nor to Boston to Elections or meetings of literary Societies. I will not complain for perhaps I get as much as I lose by these privations.

There is a great botheration in the world about two letters one of Jonathan Russell & the other of J Q Adams. There is an abundance of musical sharps & flats in both to be rude but it seems to me as unnecessary at this time as it is to represent the captors of André as mercenaries Gen Putnam a coward or James Otis & John Hancock as trimmers. Bringing out Russel’s letter at this time appears a silly business. The poor fellow has got a sting in his ear which I believe will make it ache. We are all as well as usual at Wash[. . .] Quincy &c. All send love & compliments to you & Mrs Boylston to whom my most particular most respectful & most affectionate regards. Oh that I owned an estate on the top of Wachusett from whence “my contemplation might prune it’s ruffled wings

& my free soul look down to pity kings”

& even look down upon my dear Cousin Boylston & pity him for the vexatious cares in which he is involved by his large possessions & even by his charity, philanthropy, & benevolent bounties to Science & letters. Do not you Worcester County gentlemen think of digging a canal from Wachusett to Worcester & from thence to Providence? but I must put a stop to this career of nonsense by assuring you of the sincere gratitude & affection of / Your Cousin

John Adams

MHi: Boylston Family Papers.

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