The Road is walled on each side with a Grove of Trees. The stillness,
silence, and the uniformity of the Prospect [illegible] puts the
Mind into a stirring, thoughtful Mood.
But the Reflections that are made in a Grove, are forgotten in the Town, and
the Man who resembles [illegible] a saint in his Thoughts in the
first, shall resemble [a] Devil in his Actions in the
In such silent scenes, as riding or walking thro
the Woods or sitting alone in my Chamber, or lying awake in my Bed, my Thoughts
commonly run upon Knowledge, Virtue, Books, &c. tho I am apt to forget these, in [illegible]
the distracting Bustle of the Town, and ceremonious Converse with Mankind.
This morning rode to Moses Frenchs to get him to serve a
Writ for me. He told me he was not yet sworn, but was obliged to me for coming
to him, and would be glad to serve me at any Time, and would now rather than It
should be any Damage to me. Thus he was pleased, [illegible] I
hope secured. Men are only secured by falling in with their Inclination, by
favouring their Hopes, clearing their Prospects.
Then I went to Wales'. [illegible] He was not
at home. I followed him to
Germantown. He served the Writt. [illegible] We
returned together. He seemed quite pleasant. Told me the Practice of the two
Thayers, of Hollis, Niles,
&c. They drive a great stroke. There is two Thayers,
[illegible] 2 Niles's, Faxon,
Hollis, Wales, Moses French,
W. Penniman, are all pettifogging Dabblers in Iniquity and
Law. I might except 2 Niles's, Wales and
French, and perhaps Faxon from the Iniquitous
part. I hope that Wales and French are
secured to me. How they love Thayer I cant say. I hope they
will recommend me to Persons that they hear Speaking of Business, as
Wm. Veasey did. Veasey knew me, and mentioned
me, to Shaw.
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The Difference between a whole Day and a divided scattered Day.
[Query]. Can any Man take a Book in his hand, in the
Morning, and confine his Thoughts to that till Night. Is not such a Uniformity
tiresome? Is not Variety more agreable, and
profitable too? Read one Book one Hour, then think an Hour, then Exercise an
Hour, then read another Book an Hour, then dine, smoke, walk, cutt Wood, read another Hour loud, then think, &c. and
thus spend the whole day in perpetual Variations, [illegible]
from Reading to thinking, Exercise, Company, &c. But what is to be acquired
by this Wavering Life, but a Habit of Levity, and Impatience of Thought?
I never spent a whole Day upon one Book in my Life.
What is the Reason that I cant remove all Papers and Books from my Table,
take one Volume into my Hands, and read it, and then reflect upon it, till
night, without wishing for my Pen and Ink to write a Letter, or taking down any
other Book, or thinking of the Girls? Because I cant command my attention. My
Thoughts are roving from Girls to friends, from friends to Court, to
Newbury, and then to
Rome, then to
France, from Poetry to oratory, and Law, and Oh, a rambling,
Imagination. Could I fix my attention, and keep off every fluttering Thought
that attempts to intrude upon the present subject, I could read a Book all Day.
Wisdom, curse on it, will come soon or late.
I have to smooth and harmonise my Mind, teach every Thought within its
Bounds, to roll, and keep the equal Measure of the Soul.
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H. went up to the Negroes Chamber over this little Room and
awakened Jack and Ruby. Ruby
was frightened and screamed till H. pacified her at last.
Jack got up to alight a Candle and see if his Master was abed
and if he found him up was to say he got up to get some thing for his Child.
Thus a Girls Invention is alone sufficient for every Intrigue of this sort.
Accidents, as we call them, govern a great Part of the World, especially
Marriages. Sewal and
Esther broke in upon H. and me and
interrupted a Conversation that would have terminated in a Courtship, which
would in spight of the Dr. have terminated in a Marriage, which Marriage might
have depressed me to absolute Poverty and obscurity, to the End of my Life. But
the Accident seperated us, and gave room for
Lincolns addresses, which have delivered me from very
dangerous shackles, and left me at Liberty, if I will but mind my studies, of
making a Character and a fortune.
I never began an Explanation of my Designs and Thoughts so that she was
obliged to act without certain Knowledge. She had peculiar Reasons to desire an
immediate Marriage, viz. a young [illegible] and a very
fruitful Mother in Law, on whom
her father [illegible] fondly doats, &c. and she had peculiar
Reasons to receive the Drs. Addresses viz. The fondness of her father and his
father, for the Match. The Drs. family, Business, and Character.
And, in oposition to these Inducements, she had no Certainty of my Passions or
Reason or Designs in her favour, but a strong
suspicion that I was apprised of the Drs. Designs, and [illegible] determined to see her no more. -- But the Thing is ended.
A tender scene! a great sacrifice to Reason!
Now let me collect my Thoughts, which have been long scattered, among Girls,
father, Mother, Grandmother, Brothers, Matrimony, Husling, Chatt,
Provisions, Cloathing, fewel, servants for a family, and apply them, with
steady Resolution and an aspiring Spirit, to the Prosecution of my studies. Now
Let me form the great Habits [illegible] of Thinking,
Writing, Speaking. Let my whole Courtship be applyed to win the Applause and
Admiration of Gridley, Prat,
Otis, Thatcher &c. Let
[illegible] Love and Vanity [illegible] be
extinguished and the great [illegible] Passions of
Ambition, love Patriotism, [illegible] break out and
burn. Let little objects be neglected and forgot, and great ones engross,
arouse and exalt my soul.
The Mind must be aroused, or it will slumber. To make and
[confirm?] in his Mind a Contempt of Cowardice, and an
Admiration of Bravery.
I found a Passion growing in my heart and a consequent Habit
[illegible] of thinking, forming and strengthening in my Mind,
that would have eat out every seed of ambition, in the first, and every wise
Design or Plan in the last.
A Young fellow of fond amorous Passions, may appear quite cold and
insensible. The Love of Knowledge may prevail over the Love of Girls. Old Men
may be mistaken in their opinion of young ones. Mr. Goffe and Mr. Putnam,
especially Goffe, thought me incapable of Gallantry and
Should have drawn a Confession from her (by shewing the Imprudence, Danger, Cruelty, and Wickedness of
her Conduct without that supposition) that she loved me, and was determined to
run all Hazards with me, to run the chance of Business, and success. Should
have tryed, what the [illegible]
Imputation of Jilting, and Wheedling, and hinting, for a Courtship, in order to
Torment, or at least to secure one for fear another should fail, would have
produced. [illegible] Should have said, H. your you was dissatisfied with your situation
and desirous of a Husband. In order to get one, you Wheedled
Wibirt; you wheedled Lincoln. You
gave each of them hints and Encouragement to Court you. But especially you
wheedled me. For 6 months past you and I have never been alone together but you
have given me broad Hints, that you desired I should court you, &c.
Used to say how moderate her Desires were. She cared not for Riches or
Dress, nor Gentility. She could live upon common Necessaries. Such Speeches
used to be frequently dropped to me, and before me. She used before their House
was burned to say frequently to me before me in Company, and to me
alone, she should admire to be Courted a great while. She should admire a long
Courtship. She would not be married by any means, these 4 or 5 years; but since
[illegible] she lost that House and her Agreable Retirement,
solitude, and especially since her mother has been with Child again, she has
said to me, that nothing should persuade her to be married these seven Years if
it were not for her fathers young Wife, that [nothing?]
Deed from Stephen Dudley, of
Cordwainer, to Wm. Cunningham of
Boston Glaiser, of 150 Acres of Land, to be taken out of the
Tract of Land that Capt. Peter
Renewitt and Abigail his Squaw gave to said
Stephen by deed of Gift 7 of Jan.1718, which Tract begins on
the River 3 miles above
Petuckaway mill in
Exeter and running 3 miles in breadth on Each side of said River
and Ten miles in Length up said River.
I will get an Husbandmans Common Place Book
I will make me a Common Place Book of Agriculture -- and Place
Cyder Wheat, Rye, Corn, and Pease, Beans,
[sentence unfinished.] .
A Common Place Book of Husbandry and Gardening -- and Place in the Index
Wheat, Rye, Corn, Pease, Beans, Turnips, Potatoes. Apples, Cyder
, Trees, Elms, Butten Woods, Locusts, Cherry Trees,
Plumb Trees, Quince Trees, &c. Nurseries. Lands, Grounds, Plough land,
Pasture, mowing Land. Meadow, Upland, fields, Groves, forests. Hills, Valleys,
Ditches. Fresh Meadows, gravelly Land, clay Land. Loomy Land. Springy Land,
&c. Horses, oxen, Cows, Calves, sheep, Hogs. Scrub Oak Plains, pitch Pine
Plains. Rocks. Wall. Posts, Rails, fence. Red Ceder, Juniper, Savine, Oaks,
Pine, Hemlock, Holly. Apple Trees, Pear Trees. Orchard. Salt Meadow. Manure.
Rock Wick, sea Weed. Dung,
Yesterday afternoon, [illegible]
a Plea, Puis darrien Continuance, was argued by
Mr. Prat [illegible]
for the Plea, and
against it. The Plea was, that after
the last Continuance and before the 1st day of the sitting of this Court this
Term, viz. on such a day, one Allin one of the Plaintiffs
died. Mr. Prat argued that the Writ must abate, for it was
clear Law, that the Writt in this Case was ipso facto abated and might be
dismissed at the Motion of any Person as amicus Curiae. And of this opinion was
the whole Court. G. took an Exception to the Plea as imperfect
in not giving the Plaintiff a better Writ. The whole Afternoon was Spent in
arguing this Point, and 20 Volumes of Institutes and Reporters, I suppose were
produced as authorities.
(Otis aside. It makes me laugh to see
Pratt lugg a Cart load of Books into Court to prove a Point as
clear as the Sun. The Action is as dead as a Hubb. )
Otis. I will grant, Mr. Prat, very
readily, that there has been a time since Wm. the Conqueror
when this Plea would have abated this Writ in
England. But I take it that Abatements at this day are rather
odious than favored and I dont believe that this Plea would abate this Writ at
[illegible] any time within this Century in
This morning, the Action Patten vs. Basen was argued. It was
[a] Case for not returning an Execution.
Prat and the Court, an Action will not lie against the officer
for not returning without averring and proving Special Damages, as that the
Party was broke, run away, or dead, leaving nothing. Then the special Damage
may be laid equal to the whole Debt. Gruchy v. Hews
[Hughes] comes on this afternoon.
Ashes, Marl, Chips, sticks, straw, &c. Weeds, Nature of Weeds, methods
of destroying, and extirpating them. Barbery Bushes, Cadlock, White Weed,
yellow Weeds. Grasses, Clover, while [white?] honey suckle, [illegible] fowl medow Grass, fox Tail or
Herds Grass. St. foin, Tree foin, &c. Roots, fibres, saps, juices,Vessells,
Circulation, Inoculation, Engraftments, scients [scions],
Currants. Goose Berries. Currants, white and red, Goose Berries,
Husbandry may be studied by me either as a Phylsopher inquisitive
into the secrets of Nature in Vegetation, Generation, [illegible]
and of Art in Manufacture or as a Politician and Patriot, desirous of promoting
[illegible] the Improvement of Laws &c. for the Interest of
the Public, or as a Private Man, selfishly [thirsting?] after
Profit, in order to make money.
I would fill my Yard with Geese, Turkies, Ducks, Guinea Hens, Peacocks, [illegible] fowls. Bees, &c.
Labour, Howing, Ploughing. Ploughs, mathematical
Principles on which Ploughs are constructed. Raking, Mowing, scythes, &c.
Carts, Waggons, Wheelbarrows. Harrow. Utensils of Husbandry. Sleds. Methods of
subduing Land, cutting Wood and Bushes, burning wood and Bushes, eradicating
Stumps, Plowing new Ground, &c.
Potatoes, different sorts. Cabbages, different sorts. [illegible] Colly flower, sellery, &c.
Peas, different sorts. Beans, English and others, different sorts, white black,
red, large, small, &c. Turnips. Bates for rats. Parsnips, Parsley, Pepper
Grass, Horse radish, Mustard, Onions, shyves [chives],
Herbs. Hog Weed, red rood [root?]. Pursley, Dandelyons, &c.
Balm, Sage, Penny Royal, Hyssop, &c. Pinks, Tulips.
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Of Abatement by the Death of Parties.
The Rule is "That wherever the Death of any Party happens pending the Writt
and yet the Plea is in the same Condition, as if such Party were living, there
such death makes no Alteration; for where the death of the Parties makes no
Change of Proceeding, it would be unreasonable that the surviving Parties
should make any Alteration in their Writt; for if such Writ and
Proscess were changed, would let
[Rts?] but in the same Condition they were at the Death of the
Parties; and 'twould be absurd that what made no alteration should change the
Writ and the Proscess;" and on this Rule all the
1. Inst. 139. The first Difference is in Real Actions; where there are
'several Pleadings, there is summons and severance, as there is in the most
real Actions, there the death of one of the Parties abates the suit; but in
Personal and mixed Actions, where one entire Thing is to be recovered, there
the Death of the Parties does not abate the Writt; and the Reason of the
Difference is, where there are two jointenants and the one goes on to recover
Moiety, and the other will not proceed, there is no Reason
that he that is willing to proceed should not recover his Ritt, since such
tenant has a distinct Moiety, and therefore should have an Action to recover
it. But no Summons and severance lies in Personal Actions; as if Trespass be
committed in such Jointenants, they must both join in the Action, for as one
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release the whole, so the other may refuse to go
on, and the other cant recover his Part of the Damage without him; and so in
Debt by an obligation to two, there can be no summons and severance, because
one of the joint obligees may release the Bond, and therefore may not go in the
Action; but if a Man appoint two men Executors, there shall be summons and
severance, because tho
one of the Executors may
release, the such a Release is a Devastavit in him; but if he will not proceed
no Devastavit; and therefore both Executors
being only Trustees for the Person deceased, they shall not both be compelled
to go on together; but if one refuses, the other may bring his Action in the
name of both, and have summons and severance; for otherwise each Coexecutor
might by Collusion with the Debtor and not proceeding, keep the other from
recovering the assitts, and not create a Devastavit in himself.
Roses, white and Red Peonies, &c.
A single Adventure, Expedition, Undertaking or Incident in a Mans Life often
renders him attentive forever afterwards attentive to Matters of
Coll. Hunt was highly
entertained and gratified with my Relation of the Gallant bloody Action between
thean English Privateer and two frenchmen in the West
Indies. It Engaged his Attention, and gave him a high Pleasure, when
which Mr. Olivers Project of improving Husbandry, and making
Profits, was not able to do.
He hearkened to the story of the fight, but was cold to the Project of
inriching his Country. [illegible]
He learned this acquired at
Louisbourg this Admiration of Bravery,at Louisbourg
and which all the Perplexity, Disgrace, and Indigence, which
he has been brought to endure, since his Return from that Expedition, has never
been able to extinguish.
He gained favour
There he saw frequent Instances of daring Actions, and he heard such Actions
applauded. There he saw frequent Instances of Cowardice; and he heard such
[illegible] Persons despized, which
[illegible] hightened the Distinction, which it is natural to
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Justice sitting with a Band, a Veil before her Eyes, sitting on
the Globle, with a Pair of scales and a sword in her
right Hand, the scales hang below her hand, the sword points to the Zenith with
a Crown upon it, and with four pieces of something in her left Hand. With her
left foot she treads upon a Lion, the Emblem of strength, i.e. Violence, and
with her right upon a serpent, the Emblem of subtlety, i.e. fraud. The Roman
Eagle, with her Wings hovering, half spread, stands on her right Claw foot,
upon the Globle, by the left side of Justice, and
extending her left Claw, in which she grasps some Arrows, perhaps, towards the
Behind the Globle on the right hand of Justice, you
see some stately Buildings, with a fine Row of Roman statues, round the Roofs,
and with the statue of an Horse and Man on the Top of a Chimney almost behind
On the left Hand of Justice, you see the Roman Army, entrenched, and
picketted in, with a large Castle, and flag flying
at a Distance.
At the Foot of Justice, on the left Hand, stand stands truth
arrayed in a roman Habit with her curled Hair, decently yet negligently
tyed, pointing with her left Hand to Justice, and with
her Right, extending her Torch, over to an old Gentleman, who stands, at the
feet of Justice on the Right, [illegible] with a large Book in
his left Hand, a Pen in his Right, and seems in a listening attentive Posture,
taking down the Dictates of Justice by the light of
Truth. [Query], is this old Gentleman Justinian? There are
four figures, or there is a Groupe of figures, at the
feet of this old Gentleman , which I am unable to decypher.
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They are habited differently. One is black like a Negro, with a Chain of
Beeds about his neck and a crown of Feathers on his Head. Is this an African?
The next is black too, but without any Beads or Crown, but he seems to wear the
Proboscis of an Elephant, upon his [Cap?]. The other two are
clothed in Roman Habits, one in Armour. The three last
are on their Knees, and seem to shrink from the sight of Justice and Truth. Q.
-- was not the Architecture and statuary, behind the Globle and Justice,
designed to represent the roman skill in those Arts. They must have had Master
Architects to build those grand and beautiful Piles, and Master Statuaries, to
make those statues, round the Roofs, and on the Chimney Tops.
And is not the entrenched Army on the left Hand designed to represent the
Glory [illegible] and Terror of their Arms.
I cannot decypher half these figures.
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W. [Wibird] is crooked, his Head bends forwards, his
shoulders are round and his Body is writhed, and bended, his head and Half his
Body, have a list one way, the other half declines the other Way, and his lower
parts from his Middle, incline another Way. His features are as coarse and
crooked as his Limbs. His Nose is a large roman Nose with a prodigious Bunch
Protuberance, upon the Upper Part of it. His Mouth is large, and irregular, his
Teeth black and foul, and craggy. His Lips [work?] to command,
when he speakes, they dont move easily and limberly pliant. His lips are stiff,
rigid, not pliant and supple. His Eyes are a little squinted, his Visage is
long, and lank, his Complexion wan, his Cheeks are fallen, his Chin is long,
large, and lean. These are the Features, these the Limbs, and this the Figure
of the worthy Mr. Wibirt.
But his Air, and Gesture, is still more extraordinary. When he stands, He
stands, bended, in and out before and behind and to both Right and left; he
tosses his Head on one side. When he prays at home, he raises on Knee upon the
Chair, and throws one Hand over the back of it. With the other he scratches his
Neck, pulls the Hair of his Wigg, strokes his Beard, rubbs his Eyes, and
When he Walks, he heaves away, and swaggs on one side, and steps almost
twice as far with one foot, as with the other.
When he sitts, he sometimes lolls on the arms of his
Chair, sometimes on the Table. He entwines his leggs
round his chair the Leggs of his Chair, lays
hold of the Iron Rod of the stand with one Hand. Sometimes throws him self,
over the back of this Chair, and scratches his Hed,
Vibrates the foretop of his Wig, thrusts his Hand up under his Wigg, &c.
When he speakes, he cocks and rolls his Eyes, shakes his Head, and jerks his
Thus clumsy, careless, [illegible] slovenly, and lazy is this
It is surprizing to me that the Delicacy of
his Mind has not corrected these Indecent, as well as ungraceful Instances of
Behaviour. He has Wit, and he has Fancy, and he has
Judgment. He is a Genius. But he has no Industry, no Delicacy, no
Politeness,Tho' he seems to have a sort of Civility,
and Cleverness in his Manners. A civil, clever Man. He observes that in
[illegible] Dana which I have observed -- a
cleverness, a good Humored look.
What is it, that Settles Men's opinions of others? It is Avidity, Envy,
[Quincy] will represent Eb. Thayer
as one of the worst of Men, as a Conspirator against his Country, as a
C. Friendships and Enemies
C. Friendship is not worth a wise Mans seeking, nor his Enmity worth
fearing. As long as you flatter his Vanity, gratify his avarice, or
favour his Ambition, you will be a great Genius, an
honest Man, a good man, in short you will be every thing, but as soon as you
obstruct any of his Views you will be a silly man, a Knave, in short every
thing that is bad..
While the Governor as
he thought, had a great Opinion of him, the Governor was wise, learned,
industrious &c., but when he found the Governor despized him, the Governor had no Principles, was guided
by self Interest &c.
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Coll. Q. I have
discovered the Phylosophers stone in military
[No transcription available -- see page image] this is the darling, favorite Theme
still.Tho every Man who hears this scheme conceives
at once the most contemptible Opinion of it, yet no one chuses to
shew his Disapprobation of it. A few Queries, and
distant Proposals, are the Utmost that has been said against it, to him. --
Thus he is flattered to his face by Nods, and Winks, of seeming Assent and
compliance, and cursed behind his back as a Villain and a fool. Oh, envied
State of Greatness.
He calls it a scheme to do men good in spight of
their Teethforcing food down a hungry Mans Throat. The Philosophers Stone
&c. Others say he is a cursed Rogue, a [illegible] dutiful
son of his father the Devil, he wants to get Money into his Pocket. Thus the
Coll. and some of his Company
differ in Opinion, of his Contrivance. He thinks, tis
fatherly, patriotical, sagacious. They think it inimical, diabolical and
You may hint to him amendments particular Defects of his Plan,
and he will contrive Amendments, but the general Plan would never be
[exploded?] by his Consent. I will not attempt to undeceive him
any more. This scheme is Mentis gratissimus Error. demptus, Error, gratissimus
Error the most agreable Error mentis of the Mind,
demptus taken away, per Vim, by violence. Pol. by Pollux, amici my friends,
occidistis you have killed me, non servastis [you] have not
preserved me, [saved?] me alive, cui, sic extorta Voluptas --
Pleasure extorted, torn away, cui from which thus.
This political scheme is mentis gratissimus Error Mentis
[No transcription available -- see page image] Error. It will be told to the Disadvantage of
[his] Character, for sense and Honesty. Twill
[illegible] furnish his Enemies with a topick of scandal and will introduce jealosy's and suspicions into the Minds of his
friends. He will suffer the most by it.
The Notes will give offence
. A rich Man will be
allowed to give a Note, but a poor Man must pay the Money. This will be a
Distinction between poor and rich, a Partiality to the rich and Oppression of
the poor. It will occasion such Ravings, and swearing and Impudence and
Insolence as was never seen by a military officer in this Company.
Bass and my Uncle told him, how it
would be received.
He is wrongheadedly Headstrong, headstrongly
Ned tells a story tolerably well. He told of
[illegible] . He was a better Prophet than Elijah
for he stretched himself on her but once to bring her to Life whereas
Elijah did 3 times. He breathed into her the Breath of Life.
Ned told the Duke of Whartons Character and
Life, &c. Ned was sociable, told the stories he had read
pretty well, &c. Billy was sociable too, but awed,
They told of the wickedest jokes that had been put upon Nat
Hurd, by some fellows in
Boston, who found out that he had such a Girl at his shop, at
such a time. One went to him and pretended to make a confidant of him. Oh god,
what shall I do? That Girl, [illegible] her, has given me the
Clap. [illegible] That scared him and made him cry, Oh damn her,
what shall I do? I saw her such a Night. I am [peppered?]. He
went to the Dr. [illegible] and was salivated for the Clap. Then
they sent him before justice Phillips, then before
justice Tyler, in short they played upon him till they
provoked him so that he swore, he would beat the Brains out of the first man
that came into his shop, to plague him with his [illegible] .
I think it is an equal Proof of Piety, Wit, and sensuality. -- This was
affected. I thought it witty, wise, smart. It could not but disgust.
Why have I not Genius to start some new Thought. Some thing that will
surprize the World. New, grand, wild, yet regular
Thought that may raise me at once to fame.
Where is my Soul? where are my Thoughts.
When shall I start some new Thought, make some new Discovery, that shall
surprize the World with its Novelty and
Coll. Q's End is Popularity. He
intends to procure Votes by his schemes for raising Men, but if he had used all
his Ingenuity to contrive a scheme to disgust People, to raise scruples,
jealousies, and Contempt, he could not have found a better. He will loose more
Votes than he will get by this Project.
Would it not save trouble to give the Men that he shall impress after 4
o'clock, leave to inlist and date their Inlistment a
few days sooner?
Is it not absurd to study all Arts but that of Living in the World, and all
sciences but that of Mankind? Popularity is the Way to gain and figure.
The Arts of Gain are necessary. You may get more by studying Town meeting,
and Training Days, than you can by reading Justinian and all his voluminous and
Mix with the Croud in a Tavern, in the Meeting House or the Training Field,
and grow popular by your agreable assistance in
the Tittle tattle of the Hour, never think of the deep hidden Principles of
natural, civil, or common Law, for thoughts like these will give you a gloomy
Countenance and a stiff Behaviour.
I should talk with Tirrells, Lamberts,
Clarks, Thayers, Faxons,
Beal, Wales, French &c.
about changing Horses. Offer to change or sell, trade in any Thing.
It is certain that Retirement will loose its Charms if it is not
interrupted, by Business, and Activity. I must converse and deal with Mankind,
and move and stir from one scene of Action and Debate and Business, and
Pleasure, and Conversation, to another and grow weary of all before I shall
feel the strong Desire of retiring to contemplation on Men and Business and
Pleasure and Books.
After hard Labour at Husbandry, [illegible] Reading and Reflection in Retirement will be a Relief and
a high refined Pleasure. After attending a Town Meeting, watching the
Intrigues, Acts, Passions, Speeches, that pass there, a Retreat to reflect,
compare, distinguish will be highly delightful. So after a Training Day, after
noting the Murmurs, Complaints, Jealousies, Impudence, Envy that pass in the
field, I shall be pleased with my solitude.
Transitions from study to Business, from Business to Conversation and
Pleasure, will make the Revolution of study still more agreable and perhaps not less profitable, for we are
very apt, in total Retirement, to forget the sciences, and to smoak, and trifle and drone it too much.
I have been very negligent and faulty, in not treating Deacon
Savil, Nat. Belcher, Deacon Belcher
&c. with more Attention, and sprightliness. I should bow and look pleasant
to Deacon Savff, and talk with him about News, War, Ministers, Sermons &c.
Should watch critically every Word that Nat Belcher says, and let him see by
the Motions of the Muscles of my face, that I have discernment between wise and
foolish, witty and silly, candid and ill natured, grave and humourous speeches
and let him know on proper occasions I can vent a Smart Repartee. Should always
speak and shake Hands with the Deacon, inquire after his Wife,
Sons, [Samuel], [William], [Elijah],
and humour his talkative Disposition. -- It is of no
small Importance to sett the Tongues of old and young
Men and Women a prating in ones favour.
As to Dr. Savil and his
Wife, I have dismissed all my Guards before Them, and acted and
spoke at Random. But I might easily gain their warmest Words and assiduous
Assistance, by visiting seldomer, by using tender and soothing, instead of
rough and reproachful Language, and by complying with their Requests of riding
out with her, and reading Plays, once in a while, to them in the Evening.
But I have been rash, boastful, prophane,
uncivil, Blustering,threatning, before them.
Let me remark [Parson] Wibirts
Popularity. [illegible] He plays with Babes and young Children
that begin to prattle, and talks with their Mothers, asks them familiar,
pleasant Questions, about their affection to their Children. His familiar
careless way of conversing with People, Men and Women. He has Wit, and
Ripping, i.e., using the Words faith, Devil, I swear,
damnable, [cursed?], &c., displease the Dr. but especially
Threatning to Quarrell with
Thayer, Penniman, Hollis
&c., disgusts them, especially her.
Asserting dogmatically on Points of Province Law which he knows more of than
I, by several Years experience, and Conversation with People concerning their
Estates, Law suits, &c., and being fretted, disgusts them very much. -- I
have more faults, Mistakes, Imprudences, follies, rashness to answer for in the
Drs. House than in all the Town besides.
I am to attend a Vendue this afternoon at Lamberts.
[Captain] Bracket and
Thayer are a Committee to lease out the Town Lands to the
highest Bidder. Let me remark the Management of the sale, and the
Behaviour of Persons especially of
Thayer and Bracket, watch his Treatment of
People, and their Treatment of him.
Let me ask myself this Question when I return. What have I seen, heard,
learned? What hint observed to lift myself into Business, what Reputation or
Disgrace have I got, by attending this Vendue. My Character will be Spread, and
mended or injured by it.
I was consulted by 2 Men this afternoon, who would not have applied to me if
I had not been at Vendue, E. Niles and Elijah
Belcher. And the Questions they asked, have led me into Useful
Thoughts and Inquiries. I find hints, and Inquiries, arise sooner in the World
than in my Study.
It would be an agreable and useful speculation
to inquire into that Faculty which we call Imagination. Define it,enquire the Good Ends it answers in the human system, and
the Evils it sometimes produces.
What is the Use of Imagination? It is the Repository of Knowledge. By this
faculty, are retained all the Ideas of visible objects, all the observations we
have made in the Course of Life on Men and Things, our selves &c.
I am conscious that I have the faculty of
Imagination, that I can at Pleasure [illegible]
review in my
Thoughts, the Ideas and Assemblages of Ideas that have
in my Mind. Can revive the scenes, Diversions, sports of youth
Childhood, Youth. Can recall my youthful Rambles, to the farms,
, Dalliances, my walks lonely Walks
the Groves, and swamps, and fields, and Meadows
Worcester. Can imagine my self
the wildest Tribe of Indians in
America in their Hunting, their Warrs
their tedious Marches, thro
wild swamps and
Mountains. Can if not
fly by this faculty to the Moon, Planets,
, unnumbered Worlds. Can cross the
Atlantic and fancy my self
Westminster Hall, hearing Causes in the Courts of justice, or
the Debates in the Houses of Commons or Lords. -- As experience
our knowledge is acquired by Experience, i.e. by sensation or Reflection, this
faculty is necessary to retain the Ideas we receive and the observations we
make, and to recall them, for our Use, as Occasion requires.
I am conscious too, that this faculty is very active and stirring. It is
constantly in Action unless interrupted by the Presence of external Objects, by
Reading, or restrained by Attention. It hates Restraint, it runs backward to
past scenes &c. or forward to the future. It flyes into the Air, dives in
the sea, rambles to foreign Countries, or makes excursions
[to] foreign planetary starry Worlds. These are but Hints,
irregular observations, not digested into order.
But [what] are the Defects of this faculty? What are the
Errors, Vices, Habits, it may betray us into, if not curbed? What is the
I must know all the Ends of this faculty, and all its Phenomena,
before I can know all its Defects. Its Phenomena are infinitely various, in
different Men, and its Ends are different. Therefore its Defects must be almost
infinitely various. But all its Defects may be reduced to general Laws.
The Sphere of Imagination includes both Actuality and Possibility, not only
what is but what may be.
One Use of Imagination, is to facilitate the Acquisition and Communication
of Knowledge. How does it facilitate the Acquisition. It lays up, It retains,
the Ideas of Things and the Observations we make upon them. By reviving past
scenes, or creating new, it suggests Thoughts and inquiries. Starts Hints and
doubts, and furnishes Reason with Materials in our retired Hours. In the Hours
of solitude, Imagination recalls the Ideas of Things, Men, Actions, Characters,
and Reason reduces them to order, and forms Inferences and Deductions from
How does it help to communicate? Why by recalling our Knowledge, and by
comparing abstract Notions with sensible Images -- by Metaphor, allusion
Another End of Imagination, may be personal Pleasure and Entertainment. We
take Pleasure in viewing the Works of Nature, and the Productions of Art, as
Painting, Statuary, Poetry, oratory &c., but are not these rather objects
and Pleasures of sense than of Imagination?
We take Pleasure in recollecting the Sports, Diversions, Business, scenes of
Nature &c. that we have [illegible] seen in our past Lives.
We take Pleasure in fancying our selves in Places, among Objects, Persons,
Pleasures, when we are not; and a still greater Pleasure in the Prospect which
Imagination constantly gives us of future Pleasure, Business, Wealth, fame
This Prospect of futurity, which Imagination gilds and brightens, is the
greatest Spur to Industry and Application. The scholars spur to study. The
Commanders spur [to] Activity and Courage. The Statesmans
Spur to the Invention and Execution of Plans of Politicks. The Lovers Spur to assiduity, and &c.
[Quincy] told the Compliment the Governor passed on
him in calling him one of the most active Members, before 20 Persons
[in a Tavern?], and one was lolling out his Tongue, another
shrugging his shoulders and another sneering all the Time.
Men are aspiring and ambitious in their souls [and hearts?]
as their Imaginations are vivid.
I had an acking Void within my Breast, this night.
I feel anxious, eager, after something. What is it? I feel my own Ignorance. I
feel concern for Knowledge, and fame. I have a dread of Contempt, a quick sense
of Neglect, a strong Desire of Distinction.
Went this morning to D.B. [Deacon
Belcher?] and L.B. to see the Leases under
which they held the Town Lands. I learned enough to reward me for the
Trouble,tho I could not see the Leases. I find that
as much knowledge in my Profession is to be acquired by Conversing with common
People about the Division of Estates, Proceedings of Judge of Probate, Cases
that they have heard as jurors, Witnesses, Parties, as is to be acquired by
Books. Talked familiarly with Deacon B. and his Wife.
[illegible] Talked to N.B. [Nathaniel
Belcher?] about The
Ile of Orleans, and the Contrast between the present and the
last administration, to J. Curtis, of Husbandry, and the
Tittletattle of the Town. Thus I believe I have lost no Credit yet, but have
gained Credit as a knowing as well as a familiar young fellow. I must
sett the Town to talking about me.
What shall I say to Majr. Crosby to procure his Love and
Admiration too? Ask him for Executions, Writs, News Papers, what days he
usually [illegible] attends at Home to try Causes. What say to
Deacon Webb, to procure his Love and
As I rode under the Rocks and savines in the common the Project darted into
my Head of writing a Poem under the Title of the matrimonial
Ballance, or the Ballance
of Celibacy. A Ballance for weighing the Pleasures
of Matrimony against the Pains, the Inconveniences vs. the Conveniences. Let me invent the Fable. Wisdom
appears to a young fellow, as he sits meditating on Celibacy and Matrimony, and
presents him with these scales. How shall I describe Wisdom? the Scales? that
every Air, Shape,Colour, may convey some moral
[ Billy] [Belcher]
has a very mean Opinion of all the Quincies, all 3
Neds, and Josiah and Samll.
Cranch has been mean since, if
[Quincy] was before the first difference
Billy B. He says he will charge you with 1/2 the
Warehouse Rent of the Warehouse in
[Boston]. If he does, I can swear that he
declared to me in a very solemn manner that he kept the Warehouse open only to
This might be new. The Coll. and all his sons are
insincere. They make a greater shew, more Expressions
of Kindness and Friendship, than they really have for any Man. He wanted to
convince B. that he was a great Benefactor to him. Perhaps he
wanted his good Words at home at
Braintree, to his father and Brother.
[Master] Cleverly. I have no
Dependence Opinion of our Courts. They act as the spirit moves them.
There is no Dependance upon Judge
Sewall, nor judge Hutchinson, the Governor &c.
He is as hungry after Vices and Follies in the Characters of the
Quincies, and of our Courts, as a Wolf ever was for Prey. An
Instance of Weakness or Wickedness practiced by any Quincy
gratifies [illegible] him to the quick. He has no
Candour, no Charity. He is censorious. He is
Dr. Savil. Ephraim Thayer told
a Story the other day that he saw a small ground Squirrell run away with 2 large Ears. He introduced it
with a solemn Train of Circumstances. He raised a great deal of Corn, and could
not imagine how it went. He could not suspect any of his Neighbours, and he thought [illegible] no
Creature but Man could take it off so fast. At last he lay and watched it and
soon found that the squirrells were the Thieves
for he saw one single ground squirrell run out of
his fold with 2 Ears. -- This Pun.
Another time he was a gunning and he saw at a little distance a Partridge at
the foot of a Tree and a grey Squirell
, at the Top
of it. He wanted to get both, but he knew if he shot at the squirrel the
Partridge would fly, and if he shot at the Partridge the squirrel would run
he could charge his Gun a second time. He
he would contrive to kill both at once, and he
crept round in fair Sight of both, and shot and killed both at once. Now one
must be very quick and [very expert?]
to hold the Gun just at
the Root long eno'
to kill the Partridge and then
raise it to the Top in order to kill with the other half of the Charge the
squirrel at the Top. But the Riddle was, The Tree was blown down, and
he got the Partridge and Squirrel in a very fair
An Advocate. The Patron of the Cause, assisting the Litigant with his
Advice, the Person who pleads or represents the Cause of his Client. They
should not be interrupted in their studies by [illegible] . De
quota litis. Tis a public [offence?].
Mr. Wibirt. Ld. Chancellor Hardwick used
at night to take off the Robes of his office and lay them aside. "There
Ld. Chancellor lie there till morning." This Story means that
he assumed the state and Dignity of his office, when he was in the Exercise of
it, but threw off all state with his Robes and shewed
the sociable Friend and Companion.
Out of [Hannah] and
[Esther] might be made a very personable Woman but not a
She is pleased. I find that the Chat I had with H.
is uppermost in my mind. While my Eyes are on my Book, my Attention, my
Imagination is playing and prating with her. These scenes of Pleasure make too
deep Impressions on my Imagination.
K. I see H. have
such an one, and asked her who it was for?
Again I find my Thoughts ruminating the idle Chat, and Banter, I had with
K. and Easther. A Contest, a Combat between
Reason and Passion is unequal. A struggle between Reflections upon Law and
Reflections upon Love, between an Inclination to study and an Inclination to
ruminate on the Prate, Banter, laughter, looks, airs of the Girls, is likely to
be followed by Victory on the side of Trifles.
I asked Mr. Wibirt if he made the fowl eat his Comb and
Gills to make him couragious? -- and Nan.
broke out into a [illegible] triumphant, awkward, silly,
shamefaced, malignant Laugh, and cryed, why some has
been cutt off of your Head, lately, did you eat it to
make you couragious? You eat it I believe and
that made you so couragious.This is ill
I find, that by walking, riding, and talking so much, I have got a restless
Habit. As I set, writing or reading a Thought, a Desire of running over to the
Drs. will dart into my Head, and I feel a [damp?] in
suppressing of it. Next minute a Thought and desire of running down to
Dr. Webbs, John Mills's &c. Thus
Reflections upon past and Projects for future Pleasures, interrupt my
Enim for omnis Res, every Thing. Virtus, Virtue. Fame, Decorum, both divine
and human Things, obey, bow with Reverence to fair Riches: which, whoever has
accumulated, heaped up, he will be handsome, valiant, just
[illegible] wise, and a King, and what ever he will.
Novation. An obligation is abolished, by Novation. A Transfer of the 1st
Obligation into another. Transfer the obligation by Changing the Person, shift
the Debtor. I take A.B. for my Debtor, for that Debt which was owed me by B.C.
Dr. Savel owes me 10 Dollars, I discharge him and take
J. Field for Paymaster. Tis only a Transfer, a shifting the
obligation from the Dr. to Field. That obligation which lay on
Sempronius to pay me 10 Dolls. is now on Titius. Or Novation may be by
transferring one obligation into another while the same Persons continue.
Sempronious owes me 10 on Account. This 10 by mutual Consent
is acknowledged to be due to [me] as
[money] lent him, cui Bono.
May I call them 2 sorts of Novation. Quibus Modis, by what Waysby what
Means, by what Ways, an obligation is taken away or abolished. Concerning
Novation or Renewal. This Conversion is made by Words or Stipulation. Besides
an obligation is taken away by Renewal, as, if that which
Sejus owed you, if that which Savil owed you,
you should stipulate to be [given] by
Titius. If you should stipulate that that should be given paid
by Titius which Sejus owed you. For by the
Intervention of a new Person, a new obligation is born, springs, grows, and the
1st is abolished, translata in Posteriorum, is transferred on the latter, so
that some times,altho the latter stipulation is
useless, yet the first by the Law of Renewal is taken away. As if that which
you owe to Titius, and he stipulated by the Pupil without the
Authority of a Tutor. There are many ways, in which by the Law itself an
Obligation is abolished. In this Title only q. are related. Novation is a
transfusion and Translation of a former Debt, into another obligation, civil or
natural, and is either voluntary, which is made by the Agreement of Parties, or
necessary, which is made [illegible] by a joining of Issues and
the sentence of the judge. This does not diminish the Right of the
Novation moreover is made either the Persons of the Creditor and Debtor
remaining: or these Persons changed. Continuing which either the Cause of
[illegible] is changed or a new quality is added, or an old one
substituted, so that it be acted among the Contracting Parties. A Mutation
Change of Persons happens [three] Ways, either the Person of
the Creditor being changed, or of the Debtor, which in specie [i.e. in
this form] is called Delegation, or by changing the Person of both.
In Delegation a twofold Act ought to be considered, the first between the
delegating and the delegated in which naked Consent is sufficient, declared by
Writing or a Nod or by any other manner, in which Consent it maybe
Delegation is a Command, by which a Debtor substitutes his Debtor in his own
Place to his own Creditor. Another Act is committed between a Delegate and him
to whom the Delegation is made in which a stipulation is required. A
stipulation, by which a Debtor delegate to a stipulating Creditor to
[whom?] delegated, promises that [he] is
about to pay the Debt, in whose Name the Delegation is made.
Acceptilation is an imaginary Payment, an Acknowledgment of the Creditor,
that he has been paid when in truth he has not, with Design to discharge the
Debtor. Acceptilation is a stipulation by which a Creditor, with a design of
dissolving the obligation answers the Debtor interrogating, that he has
received his Debt when [indeed?] he has not. Simple
Acceptilation is that by which is abolished only an Obligation contracted by
Words. An Exception is an Exclusion, barring of an Action
[illegible] by law.
Consider what figure is fittest for you to make. Consider what Profession
you have chosen? The Law. What Rule and Method must I observe to make a figure
to be useful, and respectable in that Station. Ask this Question upon every
Occasion, of what Use to the Lawyer? [illegible] of what use at
the Bar -- [to have?] perfection of Knowledge in Theory or
Expertness in Practice, or Eloquence at Bar? Let my Views concenter, and
terminate in one focus, in one Point, a great, useful, lawyer
virtuous Lawyer. With this View I might plan a system of study for seven Years
to come, [illegible] that should take in most Parts of Science
and Literature. I might study Mathematics, and Poetry and Rhetorick and Logick, as
auxiliary Sciences and Arts, but my principal Attention should be directed at
british Law, and roman and Grecian Antiquities.
Gad. Chd. I set out once for a
merry, jovial fellow. Merriment and jollity, a thoughtless, careless Air,
humming a Tune, &c. are esteemed the Supream
Excellence of human Nature by some Men.
I have slid insensibly of late into a Channell of
Prattle with Dr. Savel that will carry me into folly if I dont
get out of it. I talk dogmatically big, impudent, bully like, and
think it wit, sense and Eloquence.
Let me avoid such silly and indecent freedoms with the Dr. and such silly,
affected drollery with his Wife and Niese.
I shall [illegible] loose the natural Course of my
Trumbull has nothing new upon the Subject. His Principles
are all taken from ancient Moralists, and from Dr. Clark,
Mr. Hutchinson, Bp. Butler, Ld.
Shaftesbury and Mr. Pope.
Nat. Gardner. I can never recollect
Mens Names. I remembered your Face, and Person, but I could not recollect your
This is a Habit of Inattention, a Habit of ruminating on Poetry, &c., on
what he has read as he walks [illegible] the Streets. This
slowness of Memory, is consistent with ready Wit.
His Memory is very quick and prompt sometimes, tho
it is very slow at others. -- Ruggles now is a contrast.
Ruggles has the most constant Presence of Mind. He never makes
Blunders thro Inattention. He received Money from
1/2 a dozen Gentlemen, and then rummaged his Pocketts, and dropd with John Chandler
with as much Composure as if he had been a week in studying how to behave. And,
upon that sudden Occasion, at
Worcester, he planned his scheme in a moment, and he managed
every Part of it with as much Readiness and Propriety as he could have done, if
he had prepared himself for it, a week before hand.
N. Gardner is heedless, and inattentive, has no Presence of
Mind. Ruggles is the Man for Attention.
There is a linear, a superficial and a solid Amplification. Thus if you
look thro a microscope a Globe of one Inch in Diameter, appears
thro a Microscope, 10 Inches in Diameter, This
Microscope magnifies lineally 100 times, superficially 100 times and in
solidity 1000 times, because the solidity is amplified in a cubical
[illegible] and the superficies in a quadratical Proportion
of the diameter to the Amplification of the Diameter. So that a
Glass which magnifies in Diameter only 10 times, magnifies in solidity 1000
Any Attraction or Repulsion that should accelerate or retard the Motion of
the Comet would alter the Excentricity of its
Elipsis and its Inclination too, if the attracting
or repelling Body was without the Plane of the Comets Orbit.
Treadwell and I were four Hours on the Road to
Boston. Our Horses walked never went out of a Walk
and I believe, sometimes almost stood still, while we were engaged in
Conversation upon Mathematicks,
Physicks, Astronomy, optics &c. I am ashamed of
my self. Treadwell has had great
Advantages, and has greatly improved them. He bears a great share in all
Conversation, upon Politicks, War, Geography,
Treadwell. The Rule for determining the Specific Gravity of
a Body is to multiply not its Superficies, but its Capacity, into to
weight its solid Contents into its Weight. For two Bodies of the same
Metal of the same metal but different specific Gravity but of
different Figures as a Sphere and a Cube e.g. may have equal surfaces but
unequal solid Contents, and on the other Hand equall solid Contents or Capacity
and unequal surfaces. Suppose a Sphere and Cube of Gold, of equal superficies,
the Sphere will have the greatest Capacity.
The solid Content, the real Magnitude multiplied into the absolute Gravity
or absolute Weight determines its Specific Gravity or relative Weight.
Treadwell. Sewall and
Mr. Langdon together made a very great
Blunder. They made just observations of the Comet, but they drew several false
Consiquences from that those
observations. I was sorry for Sewall is a very ingenious,
young fellow. I blamed him for printing so hastily.
Quere, does the Capacity, the Solid Content, bear the same Proportion to the
Weight, when the Matter is in one Sphere, as it does when divided into 20
Take a Sphere of gold one foot in Diameter, and divide it into 12 Globes,
Quere, will the solid Content, the Capacity be increased?
Parson Smith has no small share of Priest
Craft. -- He conceals his own Wealth, from his Parish, that they may
not be hindered by knowing it from sending him Presents. -- He talks very
familiarly with the People, Men and Women of his Parish, to gain their
affection.He is [a] crafty designing Man. -- He watches
carefully Peoples Looks and Behaviour.
-- He laughs at Parson Wibirts careless Air and
Behaviour-- his Walk across the Room, his long step
and his Clapping his naked sides and Breasts with his Hands before
the Girls. -- He made just Remarks on the Character of Mr.
Maccarty. -- his Conceit, his orthodoxy, his Ignorance
[illegible] &c. and I caught him, several times, looking
earnestly at my eyes my face. -- He is not one of the heedless,
inattentive Crew, that take no Notice [illegible] of Mens
Behaviour and Conversation and form no judgment of
Polly and Nabby are
Wits. [illegible] Ned will not take Account of
all of every Colour that spring from the
Quincys. Easthers Simile.
A Man of fond Passions. Cranch was fond of his Friend, fond of his Girl, and
would have been fond of his Wife and Children. Tender and fond. Loving and
compassionate. H.Q. is of the same Character, fond of
her Brother, fond of herself and tenderly pitiful. [Query],
are fondness and Wit compatible? [Parson]
[Smiths] Girls have not this fondness, nor this
Fondling and Indulgence. They are the faulty Effects of good Nature. Good
nature is H's universal Character. She will be a fond,
obliging tender Wife, and a fond indulgent Mother.
Cranch is endeavoring to [illegible]
amend this Defect, to correct this fault in his Character, he
affects an Asperity, to the Children, to his old Friends. His former
Complaisance is vanished. -- Do real Fondness, and Frankness, always go
together. They met in C. and they met in H.
-- Fondness and Candour, and Frankness. Frankness,
and Simplicity. Fondness is doting Love. Candor is a Disposition to palliate
faults and Mistakes, to put the best Construction upon Words and Actions, and
to forgive Injuries. Simplicity is a direct, open, artless, undisguised,
Are S Gils [the Smith Girls] either Frank or fond, or
even candid.Not fond, not frank, not candid.
[Draft of a Letter to Samuel
I am seated, to write you a most humble Petition for, what you have already
repeatedly promised to grant, the favour
of a Letter.
I have, in this Place, none to converse with but the dead, and
their Conversation is generally very
entertaining and instructive yet I find in my Heart, sometimes an Inclination
to speak to the Living, but as that Priviledge
me, I would be satisfied with Writing to them,
if that could interceed for an Answer. For my own Part, I flatter
sometimes, that I have an uncommon share of
Benevolence, sociability and friendship in my Composition, since I feel the
strongest Desire of talking and writing, to you and many others,
but upon a closer Reflection I find it is self at Bottom that hungers for the
Instruction that others can give. Your situation, in the most busy office, in
the Center of one of the best Libraries, and under the Instructions and Advice
of one of the ablest Masters in America, not to mention least you should
suspect me of Compliment
the early youthful friendship between us, nor
your happy Talents for such a Correspondence, have made me wish most heartily
for a constant Correspondence with you.
Cards, Fiddles, and Girls, are the objects of Sam. Cards,
Fiddles and Girls. Kissing, fidling and gaming. A flute, a Girl, and a Pack of
Note. I am liable [to] absence and Inattention,
stupidity. I called at [Baldwins?] with
J. Crosby and Mr. [illegible] and left W. to pay
for my Oats. [T. Lyde?] asked me for an
Account. I took 3 or 4 [wrong?] Papers before I could find the
[illegible] . [L.?] bid me open the
[Door?], and I shut it.
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Thatcher. Pownalls style is better than
Shirleys. Shirley never promoted any Man for
Merit alone. If Satan himself were incarnate and in
Competition with Parson Wells for the Election, I would vote
for old Harry. I cant think that any Man of true good sense
can be so vain, and fond of talking of himself as Parson
Wells. Tully was not a vain Man. The vainest Thing
that ever he said was, in his oration for Murena, that if they provoked him, he
would profess himself a Lawyer in 3 days. I wish my
self a soldier. I look upon these private soldiers with their Guns upon
their shoulders, as superiour to me.
These are all wild, extravagant, loose Opinions and Expressions. He
expresses himself as madly as Coll.
Chandler. Wild flights. He has not considered that these crude
Thoughts and wild Expressions are catched and treasured, as Proofs of his
Character. He is extreamly tender, and sensible of
Pleasure and of Paine.
Kent is for fun, Drollery, Humour,
flouts, jeers, Contempt. He has an irregular immethodical Head, but his
Thoughts are often good and his Expressions happy.
Thatchers Passions are easily touched, his shame, his
Compassions, his fear, his Anger, &c.
. A Man may be in Duress
as well by an Injury to his Estate as by a Restraint of his Liberty, or by
Menaces to his Person. I remember a Case in Sir John Stayer
[Sir James Stair?]
to this Purpose. A Man borrowed of
100 for 6 months, and gave him
a Pawn of twice that Value, for security. When the 6 months were expired, he
offered to pay the Money and the lawful Interest for it, and redeem his Pawn,
but the Pawnee refused to resign it, without 10 for the Interest of his
100 for the 6 months. [illegible]
The Owner of the Pawn
accordingly paid the 10, and redeemed his Pawn
afterwards brought his Action against Pawnee, for the 10 he had paid him
as Interest, and it was pleaded, that he paid it voluntarily, and Volenti non
fit Injuria, i.e. as he had paid it voluntarily, he was not injured. But it was
adjudged that he should recover, for he was under a Constraint, a Necessity, in
Point of Interest, i.e. in order to regain his Pawn, to pay the ten Pounds, and
therefore, it should be considered as extorted from him by Duress.
Thatcher. The Speaker of the House of Commons in some
former age, was impeached before the House, of Bribery. He was a And
was obliged to sett in the Chair, and hear the whole
Examination of his own Conduct, and all the Debates of the Members upon it,
till the House was ready for a Vote, and then was obliged to put the Vote
himself whether he should be expelled the House? The poor Man earnestly prayed
to be excused, but could not, for while he was Speaker he alone could demand
the Vote, which he did at last, and it passed in the Affirmative.
Divorce. Is it for the Benefit of Society, for the Convenience and Happiness
of human Life, to allow of Divorces, in any Cases. I think it is. I think that
either Adultery or Impotence are sufficient Reasons of Divorce. But Quere, if
Dissonance of Dispositions is a sufficient Reason. This may be known, if
sufficient Caution is taken beforehand. But the others cannot. By Conversation
with a Lady, and Tryals of her Temper, and by Inquiry
of her Acquaintance, a Man may know, whether her Temper will suit him or not.
But he can never know whether she will be fruitful or barren, continent or
But would it promote the happiness of society to
But would an unlimited Toleration of Divorces promote the multiplication of
Mankind or the happiness of Life.
Suppose every Man had a Power by Law, to repudiate his Wife not
his and marry another at his Pleasure. Would not such a Power produce
confusion, and Misery? After a Man and Woman had cohabited 7 years and had as
many Children a seperation would be very
inconvenient and unhappy. If either retained all the Children the other would
be deprived of the Pleasure of educating, and seeing [them].
But if the Children were divided, each would want to see and provide for the
Fortune has [illegible] burned Coll. Quincys House, and some of his Furniture.
Fortune is a capricious Goddess. She diverts herself with Men. She
[illegible] bestows her favours sometimes with very great Profusion on a Man, and
within a few Years she strips him [illegible] even of
Necessaries. Tis a fluctuating state. We are tossed on the Waves sometimes to
Heaven, and then sunk down to the Bottom. That House and Furniture clung and
twined round his Heart, and could not be torn away without tearing to the
Is it possible to preserve a serene undisturbed Mind, thro such a fire, and the Consequences of it.
There is in human Nature an attainable Magnanimity, which can think of
fires see a valuable House, full of furniture, consuming in flames, a
Friend, a Child, a Wife, struggling in the Agonies of Death,
[illegible] without a sigh, a Tear, or a painful sensation or
Reflection. The Felicis Animi immota Tranquilitas, the immovable Tranquility of
a happy Mind, unmoved by Perils of Water or of fire, unmoved by any Losses,
Accidents, by Loss of Wealth, of fame, of friends, &c. Happy Mind indeed.
Cant a Mind be called happy, unless its Tranquility, its Ease, its Rest, is
It is not at all surprizing, that the
Coll. is more dejected
than his Brother was, for tho his Brothers Reduction
was more compleat, yet the Coll's was
[illegible] less expected. Ned was reduced to be
worse than nothing. Josa. [Josiah] has a
Competency left. But Josa.'s loss was entirely unforeseen,
unexpected, and unprepared for. But Neds was, I presume, [illegible] familiarly known and considered, by him at least
Edmund lost a son as suddenly as the Coll. lost his House. And he shew
as much Anxiety too. He could not sleep, all night, after he heard of it.
[illegible] The Colls Grief is more eloquent than
Dissappointments are Misery. If a Man
takes Pride and Pleasure in a House, or in rich furniture, or Cloathing, or in
any Thing, how is it possible for him to be satisfied when they are lost,
Not to admire is all the Art I know, to make men happy and to keep them
his House, tis burned, he is unhappy,
[illegible] &c. They are burned. He is unhappy.
It is a natural, immutable Law that the Buyer ought not to take Advantage of
the sellers Necessity, to purchase at too low a Price. Suppose Money was very
scarce, and a Man was under a Necessity of procuring a 100 within 2
Hours to satisfy an Execution, or else go to Goal. He has a Quantity of Goods
worth 500 that he would sell. He finds a Buyer who would give him
100 for them all, and no more. The poor Man is constrained to sell
500s worth for 100. Here the seller is wronged,tho
he sell [them?]
voluntarily in one
sense. Yet, the Injustice, that may be done by some Mens availing
of their Neighbours
Necessities, is not so Great as the
Inconvenience to Trade would be if all Contracts were to be void
which were made upon insufficient Considerations. But Q. What Damage to Trade,
what Inconvenience, if all Contracts [illegible]
insufficient Considerations were void.
I made some observations on Barbery Bushes, Shoe make
[Sumach], Cater Pillars, &c.
Inquire the Properties of Isinglass, and of Carpenters Glew. How the 1st
attracts all the Pumice and Sediment in Cyder to the
Bottom and the latter to the Top?
Inquire how the juice lies in the Apple. What is the Cause of its natural
Fermentation and inquire the operation of artificial fermentation.
[Draft o f a Letter to Colonel Josiah
You regret your Loss. But why? [illegible]
Was you fond of
seeing, or of thinking that others saw and admired, so stately a Pile? Or was
you pleased with viewing the convenient and elegant Contrivance of the inside,
and with shewing
to others how neatly it was
finished. Is it the Pleasure of seeing, with your own Eyes, the Elegance, and
Grandeur of your House, or is it the Pleasure of imagining that others admired
it and admired or envyed
you for it that you
the Loss of? Did you suppose that you was
esteemed and regarded for the Beauty and Conveniency of your House? Or are you
mortified to think that your Enemies will be gratified, at your Misfortune. If
these are the sources of your Grief, it is irrational, unmanly. For the
Friendship, that is founded on your figure and Estate, is not worth preserving,
and the Man who can rejoice, at your Loss, is not worth attention. But if you
consider it as a punishment of your Vices and follies, as a frown that is
designed to arrouse
your attention, to Things of a
nent Nature, you should not grieve, but rejoice, that
the great Parent of the World has thus corrected you for your good.
Figure, and shew, may indeed attract the Eyes, and
Admiration of the Vulgar, but are little very little regarded by wise Men. Is
it not rational, noble, to dote of the Pleasure of viewing a fine Horse, and
being seen by others to ride such a one. A fine Horse, a fine House, Riches,
Learning, make People stare at me and talk about me, and a mighty Boon this to
be stared at, and talked of by People that I despize, and all that I regard will love and Honor me for
Acquisitions that I have Power to [make?] and which cant be
torn from me. Wisdom and Virtue are not dependent on the Elements of fire or
Water, Air or Earth.
How should I bear Bob Pains Detraction? Should I be angry,
and take Vengeance by scandalizing him? or should I be easy, undisturbed, and
praise him, as far as he is Praise worthy. Return good for Evil. I should have
been as well pleased if he had said I was a very ingenious, promising young
fellow, but as it is I am pretty easy. -- I should not have been sorry if you
had called at our House.
Try her [Hannah Quincy's]
Prudence. See if [illegible]
you cant draw from her saucy
Expressions concerning her
Mother in Law.Was not you very intimate with your Mother, when she was
? -- as intimate as you are
with N. Marsh. She assumes the Authority of the Step mother.
-- She wears more Airs of Reserve, and Distance, and Superiority than your
father. -- She is elated with her Match. -- She is not the most discreet Woman.
She told the Behaviour
of the People, at the Tavern
they were at in the Country about the Tea, before all the Monatiquot officers,
shoe string fellows that never use Tea and would use it as
as the Landlady did. That was quite imprudent
impopular. It was designed to divert and please, but
it had a contrary Effect. It made them all [illegible]
and suspicious that they were remarked and laughed at as much to the next
And her unguarded Expressions about Peoples being afraid,
backward to go near the fire, and about their Eating her Sweet meats, drinking
their Brandy, and stealing their [illegible]
and Cloathing have
to many People.
These are Indiscretions, that some Women would have avoided.
H. was very imprudent, to endeavour to exasperate Mr.
Cranch, for she is sensible, that he knows a story to her
Disadvantage, and she should remember that Love turned to Hatred, is like the
best Wine turned to Vinegar, the most acrid in the World. He will seek Revenge.
Arise black Vengeance from the hollow Hell is the language of
Othello. I expect to hear very soon that he has divulged that
By saying you have corresponded with Dr. Lincoln
so long and by saying I can tell you how J. Brackett carries
your Letters to Captn. Hews's, and
leaves them there, and takes Lincolns Letters to you, she
judged, that J. Brackett had told me she held a correspondence
with Lincoln, and went to clearing herself. She declared and
protested, she never wrote a Line to him in her Life, excepting one Billet,
relating to those Reflections on Courtship and Marriage which she sent with
that Book. So I got satisfied.
H. I dont know who has been plagued most,
Mr. Cranch or I. I think I have as much Reason to
complain of being plagued as he.
Parson Wiberts Hints. I am not obliged to answer his Hints.
I could see a good deal of Passion mixed with his Raillery. This is bragging.
She will drop such Hints, by and by, that I am in Love with her, and will tell
others, that she aint obliged to take my meaning by my saying, but let me
explain my self, and then I shall receive a
[illegible] Repulse. My Father gave me my Choice, left me at
Liberty. I am not controuled nor constrained. My own Pleasure and Inclinations
are to be my Guide.
Suppose I should hear that J. Wentworth,
Lock, B. Crawford,
Mr. Cranch was dead, what Sentiment would rise? A tender
Grief, sorrow, mourning. But should Hannah die, what
sentiment? Should not I be more affected with her Death than with
Cranch's? I cant say. But should my
die or my
Brothers, how should I feel? But the Deaths of Acquaintances, Relations,
Friends, are but one sort of sorrowful Events. Accidents
Shipwreck, Bankruptcy, or fire, are another sort. How should I bear a sudden
a fine Estate, by any such Accident? How
bear acute Pain, or frequent sickness, or a
lingering chronical Disorder? The latter I have born, the former never
. Scorn Grief, and create joy. Create, and
maintain out of your own Thoughts a constant Satisfaction of Mind,
by considering the Littleness of Grief, and the Magnanimity of Resignation.
Littleness of Mind alone can be grieved, and grumble at what it cannot help,
and what it would be foolish to help if it could.
An habit of Indolence, and Listlessness is growing very fast upon me.
I am unable to think patiently, for any Length of Time.
Secondat says, that a Man, in the State of Nature i.e. unimproved by
Education or Experience, would feel Nothing but his own Impotence and would
fly tremble at the motion of a Leaf, and fly from every Shadow.
But Q. -- What proof can be given of this Assertion? What Reason is there to
think that Timidity, rather than Confidence or Presumption, would hold the
Ascendancy in him? Is it not as reasonable to think he would be too bold, as
too timorous, and engage oak Trees, unwieldy Rocks, or wild
as that he would fly from every Shadow? The
scarcity of Phenomena, make it impossible to decide. There never was more than
one or two Men found, at full Age, who had grown up with the Beasts in the
Woods and never seen a human Creature, and they were not very critically
observed. What does he mean by a Man in a State of Nature? Suppose a Child,
confined in a Room, and supplied with Necessaries, by some secret invisible
avenue, till 20 years old, without ever seeing a human Creature. That Man would
be in a State of Nature, i.e. unimproved by Experience and human
Conversation.Suppose, this Moan at 20, brought from his Cell.
Suppose a Man of the same Age and size let into this poor fellows cell. What
would be the Effect of the Meeting. [illegible]
Would the savage be frightened, or pleased. Surprized he would be, but
, or disagreably
. Would his fears make him fly, or his
Curiosity examine, or his Presumption assault the new object?
In a total Inexperience and Ignorance, how would human Passions operate? I
cant say. A Child, at its first Entrance upon the World, discovers no signs of
Terror or Surprize at the new scenes and objects,
that lie around it, and if the Child is not terrified, why should the Man be.
The Child is pleased as soon as its Eyes are first opened with bright and
luminous objects, not frightened. It will smile not cry. Suppose then a whole
Army of Persons, trained up in this manner in single cellsseperate Cells, brought together, would they mutually
dred and fly each other, or be pleased with the sight of each other, and by
consequence allured gradually to a more intimate Acquaintance or would they
fall together by the Ears for the Mastery as two Herds of strange Cattle do?
Would the State of Nature be a State of War or Peace? Two might meet, and be
pleased with each others looks, and fall to play, like two Lambs. Two others
might meet, and one might apply his Hands to the others Body and hurt him, and
then both fall afighting like 2 Dogs. So that both Friendship and Squabbles
might be the Consequences of the first Congress. But Passions work so
differently in different men especially when several of them are complicated
together, and several, as Surprize, joy, fear,
Curiosity would in this Case be combined, that we cant judge what the
Consequences would be in such an imaginary Congress.
Hobbes thinks, that Men like Cattle, if in a state of
Nature, would mutually desire and strive for the Mastery, and I think
Secondat's Argument from the Complexity of the Idea of Dominion, is not a
Refutation of Hobbes's Hypothesis, for
fight for Dominion, and Men in the State of Nature may be supposed to have as
clear an Idea of Dominion as the Cattle have. The Laws received in a State of
Nature i.e. before the Establishment of society, are the Laws of Nature. How
can man be considered out of Society, before the Establishment of Society. We
put possible imaginable Cases, and then ask what would be the Effect. The
Species cant subsist, without Society, but an Individual may, as the wild Man
found in a forrest
, or a Child bred alone in a Cell
out of all Human sight. Now suppose 1000 such Individuals should exist at once
and all be collected and turned loose together in the same forrest
. What would succeed. Some squabbles, wild
, and some plays, [sports?]
Copulation would soon succeed.
[illegible] Lust of Dominion could not at first produce a War
of all against all. They would not feel any such Desire of ruling and subduing.
They would soon feel hunger and thirst, and desire of Copulation and Calf, and
would endeavour to supply these Wants and gratify
these Desires, but would not yet conceive the Thought and Wish of governing all
the Rest. Peace, Nourishment, Copulation, and Society. Recur
[to] this by all means, when I get into a thotless
dissipated [Mood?], set down and write my
self into [steady?] thinking.
Law is human Reason. It governs all the Inhabitants of the Earth; the
political and civil Laws of each Nation should be only the particular Cases, in
which human Reason is applied.
Let me attend to the Principle of Government. The Laws of
Britain, should be adapted to the Principle of the british
Government, to the Climate of
Britain, to the Soil, to its situation, as an Island, and its
Extent, to the manner of living of the Natives as Merchants, Manufacturers and
Husbandmen, to the Religion of the Inhabitants.
This is a succession in Capita. Suppose my father should die, and leave me
and my 3 Brothers. In that Case The Inheritance, all my fathers Estate must be
divided into 3 Parts. And if he had left 4 or 5 or 6 Children, his Estate must
have been divided into 4 or 5 or 6 Parts or shares. [illegible]
The Inheritance is to be divided according to the Number of Heads, that are to
This is a succession in stirpes. Suppose I had a family and should die
leaving 3 Children and afterwards my father should die, leaving my two Brothers
alive, in this Case my 3 Children must succeed to my fathers Estate in my stead
and my fathers Inheritance must be divided into 3 parts, one of which should be
inherited by my three Children. Here it is divided not according to the
No. of Heads but according to the Number of stocks,
that spring from the common Root which is my father.
An alliance between the Emperor and the States to which
Holland obliged themselves to assist the House of
Austria, in taking and keeping Possession of the Spanish
Monarchy, when ever Charles 2d
should die without lawful Heirs.
France had designs and Pretensions on the Spanish Monarchy. The
1st object of the grand alliance was the Reduction of the Power of
France; the 2d to secure the
Spain to the [House] of
Austria. Charles 2d of
Spain whose good Queen could not with all her
[illegible] . Right of succeeding would have been in the
[Children?] of Maria Theresa, in [whom
this?] Right was [illegible] by [illegible]
Have been out of Humour
, this Evening, more than I
have been for some Weeks if not Months. Reflection, thinking on a Girl, ill
Health, Want of Business, &c., wrought me by insensible degrees into a
peevish Mood. I felt [illegible]
reduced to Necessities, needy,
poor, pennyless, empty Pockets. I have given away at least 10s this day. Thus
decayed Merchants must preserve the Appearances of Affluence.
Poverty is infinitely less deplorable to me than languor
a nervous Languor of the Body. If I have good
Digestion and Spirits, I can bear with an easy Mind an empty Purse.
But I have been stupid, [illegible] to the last Degree, in
neglecting to spred my Acquaintance. I have neglected Parson
Robbins, Parson Tafte, and Parson
Smith too. I have neglected Dr.
Tufts and Esqr. Niles,
Eben Miller, Dr. Miller, and Edmund
Quincy. Dr. Millers &c., Mr.
Allins, Mr. Borlands, Mrs. Apthorps,
Edd. Quincies. I should aim at an Acquaintance. Not to spend
much Time at their Houses but to get their good Word. And behave with Spirit
too. I have hitherto behaved with too much Reserve to some and with too stiff a
face and air, and with a face and Air and Tone of Voice of pale Timidity.
[illegible] I should look bold, speak with more Spirit. Should
talk Divinity with [Parson] Tafte, and gain
his Love or else extort his Admiration, or both. Make him love and admire.
and I ought to hire, or wheedle or allure two or 3 in every Town, to
trumpet my Character abroad. But I have no Trumpets in
Weighmouth, none in
Skadin, none in
Milton. Oh! what have I been about? I lay no schemes to raise my
Character. I lay no schemes to draw Business. I lay [no?]
Schemes to extend my Acquaintance, [illegible] with young fellows
nor young Girls, with Men of figure,
Character nor fortune. Am content to live unknown, poor, with the lowest of
all our species for Company. This is the Tenor of my Conduct.
Lincoln. My father gave me a serious Lecture last
Saturday night. He says I have wait on the waited on
H.Q. two journeys, and have called and made Visits
there so often, that her Relations among others have said I am courting of her.
And the Story has spread so wide now, that, if I dont marry her, she will be
said to have Jockied me, or I to have Jockied her, and he says the Girl shall
not suffer. A story shall be spread, that she repelled me.
These are the Inconveniences of [illegible] such Reports. When
it has been generally talked and believed that a young fellow is Courting a
Girl, if they seperate, if they slacken their
Intimacy, the fault will be laid to one or the other -- either he would not
have her or she would not have him. Oh Tittle Tattle! -- subject of Tittle
Lincoln. Dependance is, if Inequality is not, inconsistent
with a lasting Friendship.
I. A Man cannot maintain, for any Length of Time, a Friendship with another
on whom he is dependant, for the Benefactor will expect Condescentions and
verbal or other Expressions of Gratitude, that the Receiver
[illegible] will not be always careful to pay.
The Benefactor may, through accident or Passion, or inadvertency, show that
he is conscious of the favours he confers, that he
expects Submissions and Expressions of Gratitude that the Receiver
thro the same Imperfections may not be always
careful to perform, and hence Disgusts will arise on both sides. That a
Friendship may subsist between two Persons very unequal in Rank and fortune,
may be true. Or between two very unequal in Age or Character -- as between
Gridley and me. But a Friendship between two of equal rank and
fortune, of equal Age and Character, has the fairest Probability to continue.
But there will be one Tye, that of Gratitude, which
ought to have great Strength.
Put this Case. A Gentleman of great Experience and Character in the
Profession of the Law as Mr. Gridley, or in that of
Physick as Dr. Hersey, may receive a
young fellow, just admitted to the Bar as me or just beginning the Practice of
Physick as you, to his Friendship. His
Their Age and Character demand from you and me Deference and Respect, and
Gratitude as well as Interest will prompt us to pay it. Yet why may not such a
Friendship subsist? Now why should a Dependance for Advice and Assistance in
Practice and in the Conduct of Life [illegible] or for a good
Character and Recommendation to the World, be less destructive to friendship
than a Dependance for the Necessities of Life, food and Cloathing. There is
however a Distinction between Patronage and Friendship. A Patron may advise and
assist his Pupil in Practice and may spred his Character with great Advantage
to the World, without receiving him to that Intimacy, Confidence, Affection
which I distinguish by the Word friendship. Yet I cannot say why It
is not natural for old Men to contract intimate, familiar friendships with
young ones. For, Experience shows that human Nature is scarcely capable at any
Age of Constancy, sincerity, and Virtue enough for a very unreserved
friendship, but specially in youth, and young ones are not allured by freedoms
and friendly familiarities, to engage with old Men. Yet I cant see why a Man of
sense and sentiment too, as well as fortune, might not maintain the strictest
friendship, with another of the same Character, tho
in very needy Circumstances and tho supported and
supplied by him, even with Necessaries. generosity Genius and Virtue
might be gratified and improved on both sides. And Generosity, the satisfaction
of making the Life of such a friend easy, might be gratified on the Part of the
Benefactor, and Gratitude, and Interest on the Part of the Receiver would be
ties enough to hold.
[Parson] Gay. Two Countrymen were
disputing which did the most good, the Sun or the Moon. One of them asserted
that the Moon did the most because that shines in the Night, when without that,
we should be in absolute Darkness, but the Sun never shone till it was broad
day light, as light as Day. But the Sun never shone but in the day, when there
was no need of it. -- Oh the stupidity, not to see that the sun was the Cause
of the day light without which those Hours that we now call the day would be as
dark as the Night without a moon.
Another -- at some ordination, a certain Indian, who had never seen a public
assembly before, seated himself, in the Alley, very near the Deacon's seat. He
sat in Silence with the rest, while the Priests were at Prayer, but when the
Psalm was named, and the Deacon rose up [to] set the Tune,
he began to stare and grew angry at the Deacon, but [illegible]
when the Deacon had read a Line and the whole Congregation broke out with him,
he says the Indian grew quite mad and [illegible]
rushing up to the Deacon, layed on upon him most unmercifully. 'Tis you says he
are the Cause of all this plaguey Rout.
Eunice Paine. Thunder and Lightning have a physical Effect
upon me. I am always sick when it thunders. My Mother had a Child that was born
in the latter Part of the fall, it lived thro the
Winter and Spring, and when warm Weather came there was a violent storm of
Thunder and Lightning one afternoon. As soon as the Storm began the Child was
thrown into Convulsions. It twitched and trembled from Head to foot, its Nails
and its face turned [illegible] black, and it continued so till
the Storm was over, and then it recovered. Sometime afterwards another Thunder
Gust happened and the Child was taken exactly in the same manner. We sent for
the Dr. but before he got there, the Thunder Cloud was blown over, and the
Child as well as ever.
What effluvia, what Physical Virtue, can a Cloud or Thunder or Lightning,
diffuse to the Earth that should convulse that Child, (or make Mrs.
Eunice Vomit). [illegible] An Imagination prompted by
Hystericks and by fear, might possibly occasion
Mrs. Eunices sickness, but [illegible] not the
Childs. No Habit of fear, no association of Terror, Horror with the Idea of
Lightning, had yet been formed in the Childs Mind. So that Either the sight of
the flashes of Lightning, which it is unlikely the Child saw, or the sound of
the Thunder, which the Child no Doubt heard, or else some unknown Effluvia
emitted by the Clouds, while meeting with some peculiar Property in
that Childs Constitution, was the Occasion of its Convulsions.
E.P. My Brother says there is no such
Thing as fancy distinct from judgment. A Man may prefer a Woman, or a Woman a
Man, for some Property or Qualification, that he or she may be unable to name.
They may be unable to give a reason for their Choice. But
Deacon Belcher. I have buried father and Mother, but I
never felt, [illegible] before, as I feel now. I am almost
overwhelmed. -- The Deacon and his Wife too, were in
[Trouble?]. [illegible] The Pangs of her Grief
were violent.What a pleasant Child have I lost? What a pleasant sister has
Billy lost? The Loss of Moses was nothing to
this. Oh how deceitful is my Heart? I thought, If Moses had
died at home and I could have followed him decently to his Grave, it would have
been an alleviation. But I find I was mistaken.
[illegible] She was so full [illegible] at the
first sight of me, that she could not speak plainly. She sighs and groans and
weeps, most bitterly. The father and the mother with throbbing Hearts bewail
the Death of their only Daughter. These are Sensations that I never felt. I can
reflect on these sorrowful Events with great Serenity. I feel none of that
Anguish, which the Parent feels. But cant I fortify my Mind with Patience, with
an entire Resignation to the Dispensations of Heaven?
Make preparations to bear Misfortunes. Prepare your Mind, furnish your mind
with Reflections, Considerations that will support you and mitigate your