Morning as usual. Exercises not well performed but it is well to commence on them. I received no letter from Abby today. But I wrote quite a long one, which rather surprised me as I had but little subject, for I cannot write love letters in the silly style. In the evening a ride and evening at home.
I recommenced my practice of bathing in the morning, left off for some days on account of a pain in my breast. I studied quite well today and on the whole got through the day. I received a letter from Abby with some striking things in it.1 One also from Richardson.2 In the evening, a ride with Madame.
Abigail wrote of GWA’s unhappy love affair with Mary C. Hellen and expressed her belief “that nothing on earth would induce him to renew the connection” (Abigail B. Brooks to CFA, 17 June 1827, Adams Papers).
Morning as usual. I read but without much effect, my mind being full of other things which I found it impossible to expel. This might be owing as much to the dryness of Grotius as any thing else. I finished it however and much to my joy. Little or nothing of any consequence, during the day, and in the evening a ride and billiards.
Morning as usual. In the day I was occupied in filing and arranging papers as usual. After which I sat down and wrote a long letter to Abby in answer to her last. In which I got over the subject which she touches, for the present. At some future time it will be well to say more of it.1 In the evening I took a ride with my father and Mother. The former of these two seems in very low spirits today and not in good health. I have felt much concerned for him.2
CFA warned his fiancée that GWA’s severity toward Mary C. Hellen was “a sure sign that passion is still at the bottom,” and he promised at some future time to give a full history of Mary’s flirtations (CFA to Abigail B. Brooks, 24 June 1827, Adams Papers).
Because of ill health JQA was temporarily forced to suspend his morning swims in the Potomac and to substitute a walk in the fields (JQA, Diary, 25 June 1827).
I employed myself at home during the day, and as Grotius was finished, I sat down to read Coke more constantly. My occupations 140were tolerably regular. In the evening I rode with John, and afterwards played Billiards.