. The charge of immorality against Lovell, darkly alluded to in
's letter to him of 15 Nov. 1781
, above, was one that recurred more than once in his career, with or without justification,
from his undergraduate days on. See Sibley-Shipton, Harvard Graduates
, 14:31, 33. It may have been revived at this time in conjunction with his intercepted
letters and his five-year absence from his family. Possibly it influenced his decision
to return home for a visit at just this time; see Lovell to
, 28 Feb.