Washington 19 February 1821
My Dear Charles
I enclose you a Letter from one of your young correspondents which was received a few days after your departure and which I suppose you would regret very much to lose.
In taking the Desk which your Brother lent you I want to know what you did with the papers which were in it among which the two Contracts of Mr. Van Coble were placed and I am very much concerned at not being able to find them any where.
Washington has become excessively dissipated and to night we have no less than two Balls one at Mrs: Thompson’s and the other at Mrs. Van Ness’s
Mr Canning gave a most elegant Ball on friday night at which it is said there were ninety nine Ladies—The House is handsome and what is better comfortable—
I am obliged to go out otherwise I would write a longer Letter tell George I shall answer him immediately and if John can condescend to write to me I shall be glad to hear from him in his old style: As he will probably be less under the magic of Cupid he may be able to devote a leisure moment to his old Mother—
Adieu I will send your Trunk as soon as possible as yet there has been no opportunity—Mr de Neuville has brought a charming little Nephew with him about your size who would have been a charming companion for you
L. C. A
MHi: Adams Papers.