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From John Adams to John Quincy Adams, 25 July 1820

Montezillo July 25—1820

my dear Son

I thank you for the promptitude with which you paid my debt to Mr Gales & Seaton—and discontinued my subscription for the national Intelligencer

I beg your Pardon for not answering immediately your letter of the 24th of last Month as I ought—Not being pressed by necessity, I did not draw upon Mr Cruft—Till up he comes with his Lady to make us a very pleasant visit—And tendered me the two hundred and fifty pritty Birds—ready to take to themselves Wings and fly away—Give yourself no <trouble> kind of concern upon this subject—I shall pay my compliments to Mr Cruft whenever I want—I know he will give me very polite answers—

You have thrown a gloom over me, by your doubt—You must clear up that doubt and present your self—your Lady and your Son before me—at all events—in this memorable year 1820—I would not care a farthing about Spain—I would leave the Census to my Clerks—and throw the Weights & Measures up into the Air—and my office too—rather than be the greatest Slave—than the Blackest in Virginia—

One of my labourers broke his Collarbone—and another has had a fever—which has been a great interruption to my Hor Agricultural pursuits—

my most affectionate remembrance to all / from your affectionate father

John Adams

MHi: Adams Family Papers, Letterbooks.

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