for the People they are Lazy, dirty, Nasty and in short I can compare them
to nothing but a parcel of hogs. Their cloaths are commonly of a dirt colour
and their Breeches are big enough for to put a bushel of Corn in besides
themselves. I do not wonder at it. Poor Creatures they are eat up by their
preists. Near three quarters of what they earn goes to the Preists and with
the other Quarter they must live as they can. Thus is the whole of this
Kingdom deceived and deluded by their Religion. I thank Almighty God that
I was born in a Country where any body may get a good living if they Please.
have I given a description of several things. At another opportunity I will
give one of several others.
John Quincy. Diary Entry, January 3, 1780. Adams Family Papers, Massachusetts
Historical Society. Published in Diary of John Quincy Adams, Volume 1: November
1779 - March 1786 (Cambridge: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press,
1981). Pages 23-25.