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1786

[March 1786]

15 March 1786 Adams, John Quincy Between 9 and 10 in the morning, I went to the President's, and was there admitted examined, ... 16 March 1786 Adams, John Quincy Rain'd, a great part of the day. Walker went to Boston and brought back my bond properly ... 17 March 1786 Adams, John Quincy This morning I finished the business of my admission. I carried the bond to Mr. Gannett the ... 18 March 1786 Adams, John Quincy Went with Charles Storer, and heard, the debates in the House of Representatives; and ... 19 March 1786 Adams, John Quincy Heard Mr. Wibird, preach all day from Romans VIII. 1st. There is therefore now no ... 20 March 1786 Adams, John Quincy The whole forenoon, I was with my Cousin, down at our house, packing up, furniture, though ... 21 March 1786 Adams, John Quincy Cold, disagreeable Weather, all the morning. In the afternoon it storm'd. My Aunt and ... 22 March 1786 Adams, John Quincy At about 10 o'clock, Lucy and I, set out from Braintree. She came with me to Boston, to ... 23 March 1786 Adams, John Quincy I did not hear the Bell Ring this morning, and was tardy at Prayers. Every time a Student is ... 24 March 1786 Adams, John Quincy No reciting, for any of the Classes, on Fridays, for the whole, Day. I wrote some Problems ... 25 March 1786 Adams, John Quincy We had no reciting to day. Saturday mornings commonly the two elder Classes, recite to their ... 26 March 1786 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Patten, a young Clergyman from Rhode Island, preach'd in the forenoon, from Proverbs III.... 27 March 1786 Adams, John Quincy We recited this day in Euclid, to our own Tutor, Mr. Read, as we shall do all the week. We ... 28 March 1786 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Williams, this day, gave us, the first Lecture, upon Experimental Philosophy. It was ... 29 March 1786 Adams, John Quincy This forenoon we had a Lecture from Mr. Wigglesworth, the Professor of Divinity, upon the ... 30 March 1786 Adams, John Quincy My Trunks, which I have been so long expecting, came, at last this morning, from Haverhill. ... 31 March 1786 Adams, John Quincy No reciting, this day. I was not in at Prayers, in the morning. Mr. Williams gave us, his ...

[April 1786]

1 April 1786 Adams, John Quincy After having had a month of March uncommonly pleasant, and warm, the Present one begins with ... 2 April 1786 Adams, John Quincy The storm continued all night with unabated violence, and it blew so hard that one of our ... 3 April 1786 Adams, John Quincy We recite this Week, to Dr. Jennison in Greek. Mornings in Homer, and afternoons in the ... 4 April 1786 Adams, John Quincy The Seniors this morning, had a forensic disputation, upon the Question, whether a ... 5 April 1786 Adams, John Quincy No reciting this morning. Cranch went to Boston, bought me a flute. We had a Lecture from Mr.... 6 April 1786 Adams, John Quincy Fast day: I was at meeting all day, as indeed all the Students, must be, by Law, unless, ... 7 April 1786 Adams, John Quincy Return'd my books to the Library. We had the 5th. Lecture from Mr. Williams, who informed ... 8 April 1786 Adams, John Quincy Dined at Mr. Tracy's, in Company, with Mr. Molyneux, Mr. Price, Dr. Cutting, Mr. Mores an ... 9 April 1786 Adams, John Quincy Attended the meeting all day. Mr. Hilliard preached in the forenoon from Job II. 10. What? ... 10 April 1786 Adams, John Quincy No reciting this Day, because the Government met to examine the reasons of those scholars ... 11 April 1786 Adams, John Quincy We recited this morning in Locke on the Understanding to Mr. Hale. A number of the scholars ... 12 April 1786 Adams, John Quincy I went down to our Office, to see if there was a Gravesande, there, but none was to be ... 13 April 1786 Adams, John Quincy Went down and staid part of the forenoon, at the Office. Drank tea at Mr. Apthorp's. A man ... 14 April 1786 Adams, John Quincy We went down to General Palmer's at German town. Went to catch fish, forenoon and afternoon, ... 15 April 1786 Adams, John Quincy At home all day; wrote to my Sister. Mr. Cranch return'd, in the Evening, and brought a ... 16 April 1786 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Weld the Minister in the middle Parish, preached for Mr. Wibirt, and took his text all ... 17 April 1786 Adams, John Quincy We went out on a shooting party, and were gone all the morning. The weather quite warm all ... 18 April 1786 Adams, John Quincy My Uncle Cranch, and Mr. Tyler went to Boston in the morning. About noon it began to Storm; ... 19 April 1786 Adams, John Quincy Drizzling, misty weather all day. Did not stir out of the house. Amused myself with reading, ... 20 April 1786 Adams, John Quincy The weather continued just the Same, all day. It sets every one yawning, and keeps all ... 21 April 1786 Adams, John Quincy Same Story over again. Chilly, and misty. This is but a poor way of dragging out an ... 22 April 1786 Adams, John Quincy I went to Boston this morning, with a Chaise, for Mr. Cranch to come home. Stop'd at Milton, ... 23 April 1786 Adams, John Quincy Heard old Parson Wibird, preach from Luke. XIX. 10. For the Son of man is come to seek and ... 24 April 1786 Adams, John Quincy It seems as if there is to be no end of this Stormy weather. It does not look more likely to ... 25 April 1786 Adams, John Quincy Weather still the same. Mr. Wibird spent the afternoon at Mr. Cranch's. I went with my ... 26 April 1786 Adams, John Quincy The Vacation being at end; Charles and I left Braintree at about 10 o'clock. My Cousin has ... 27 April 1786 Adams, John Quincy A List of the Present, junior Sophister Class ... 28 April 1786 Adams, John Quincy The weather fine, but rather cool. ... 29 April 1786 Adams, John Quincy Went to Mr. Dana's, in the afternoon, upon some business. There were two gentlemen, there, ... 30 April 1786 Adams, John Quincy Heard Mr. Hilliard all day upon Acts. VII. 9. And the patriarchs moved with envy sold Joseph ...

[May 1786]

1 May 1786 Adams, John Quincy We recite this Week again to Mr. Jennison. This is a young man: indeed much too young, (as ... 2 May 1786 Adams, John Quincy Our Tutor, gave us this morning, a most extraordinary, construction of a passage in Homer. ... 3 May 1786 Adams, John Quincy Wednesday, and Monday, are our two busiest days in the Week. Every minute is employ'd. This ... 4 May 1786 Adams, John Quincy No reciting this morning, on account of the last Nights Class meeting. This is a privelege, ... 5 May 1786 Adams, John Quincy We had, this morning, a Philosophical Lecture, from Mr. Williams, in which he concluded the ... 6 May 1786 Adams, John Quincy Recited in Doddridge's Lectures on divinity. This is an attempt to refute mathematically all ... 7 May 1786 Adams, John Quincy Sacrament day. Mr. Hilliard, preach'd in the morning from 1st. of Corinthians. I. 30. But of ... 8 May 1786 Adams, John Quincy We recite this week in Terence, and Caesar to Mr. James. This is the tutor of the oldest ... 9 May 1786 Adams, John Quincy We had this afternoon a public Lecture upon Divinity. It is a pretty common Custom among the ... 10 May 1786 Adams, John Quincy We finished the Andria of Terence this morning. The Class began it last Feby. I went through ... 11 May 1786 Adams, John Quincy There has been no reciting this day. Cranch, went to Boston, in the morning, and will not ... 12 May 1786 Adams, John Quincy We had a Lecture, this day from Mr. Williams upon Hydraulics. Studied Algebra, in the ... 13 May 1786 Adams, John Quincy No reciting, this morning: was employ'd all day in mathematical Studies, of which I begin to ... 14 May 1786 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Thatcher of Boston preached in the forenoon from John XX: 13. And they say unto her, ... 15 May 1786 Adams, John Quincy We recite this week to Mr. Hale, in Locke. This is upon the whole, the most unpopular Tutor ... 16 May 1786 Adams, John Quincy We had this morning, a forensic dispute, upon the Question, Whether the immortality of the ... 17 May 1786 Adams, John Quincy I never was so impatient in my Life, as I am now for other Letters from Europe. Leonard ... 18 May 1786 Adams, John Quincy This morning I received two very long Letters from my Mamma, and Sister; at length the whole ... 19 May 1786 Adams, John Quincy I was informed, that Captain will sail to-morrow for Europe; went to Mr. Reed, and ... 20 May 1786 Adams, John Quincy Cranch went to Boston this day, and brought me back, another large packet from my Sister, ... 21 May 1786 Adams, John Quincy We had to day a Doctor Haven, from Portsmouth to preach; to day: he took his text from Psalm ... 22 May 1786 Adams, John Quincy We recite this week to our own Tutor Mr. Reed, in Gravesande's experimental Philosophy. This ... 23 May 1786 Adams, John Quincy We could not recite this morning, because Mr. Reed, was not in at prayers. This morning a ... 24 May 1786 Adams, John Quincy It is feared that some bad consequences, will ensue, from the high-go, of the Syllogists ... 25 May 1786 Adams, John Quincy Government met, and were assembled, almost all this day, to determine what Punishment to ... 26 May 1786 Adams, John Quincy This morning after Prayers, Borland, was called out to read an humble Confession, signifying ... 27 May 1786 Adams, John Quincy No reciting this morning. I was employed all day in studying mathematics, which are the most ... 28 May 1786 Adams, John Quincy Parson Hilliard preach'd us a Sermon in the morning from Isaiah LIV. 14. In righteousness ... 29 May 1786 Adams, John Quincy We recite this week to Doctor Jennison, but he was not in this morning. ... 30 May 1786 Adams, John Quincy The weather cleared up, in the afternoon. A number of the Class have had leave to be absent ... 31 May 1786 Adams, John Quincy Election day. This is a day of great festivity throughout the Country. The last Wednesday in ...

[June 1786]

1 June 1786 Adams, John Quincy We had this forenoon a Lecture from Mr. Williams. Upon the reflection and the refraction of ... 2 June 1786 Adams, John Quincy We had another Lecture from Mr. Williams to day, with an explanation of the different ... 3 June 1786 Adams, John Quincy We had a Lecture this morning upon Electricity; we received two small shocks, which however, ... 4 June 1786 Adams, John Quincy Attended meeting all day. It was very uncomfortable, the weather being so warm, and we are ... 5 June 1786 Adams, John Quincy We had a Lecture from Mr. Williams, concerning heat, proper Lecture for the weather. Je fus ... 6 June 1786 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Williams gave us another Lecture upon heat; and introduced a new System of his own. But ... 7 June 1786 Adams, John Quincy We had this morning a continuation of Mr. Williams's System; by which, he pretends to ... 8 June 1786 Adams, John Quincy A very warm day again. I was in the morning with Mr. Williams, at the Philosophy Chamber. I ... 9 June 1786 Adams, John Quincy Quite unwell almost all day. We had a Lecture from Mr. Williams, upon magnetism. The weather ... 10 June 1786 Adams, John Quincy The Course of Philosophical Lectures was closed, with one, giving an explanation of the ... 11 June 1786 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Howard a Minister from Boston, preach'd in the forenoon from, Proverbs I. 20. Wisdom ... 12 June 1786 Adams, John Quincy Recite this week to Hale, who was absent this afternoon. Je n'ai rien fait de toute la ... 13 June 1786 Adams, John Quincy No reciting this morning. ... 14 June 1786 Adams, John Quincy The Freshmen, by their high Spirit of Liberty, have again involved themselves in ... 15 June 1786 Adams, John Quincy We did not recite this morning. The struggle between the Freshmen and Sophimores still ... 16 June 1786 Adams, John Quincy Warm weather. Nous eûmes une assemblée extraordinaire de nôtre Societé; Dwight y fit un ... 17 June 1786 Adams, John Quincy This day, the Bridge over Charlestown Ferry was compleated, and as the same day 11 years ... 18 June 1786 Adams, John Quincy The Weather extremely warm, all day. I Dined at Mr. Dana's. Parson Hilliard gave us two ... 19 June 1786 Adams, John Quincy Doctor Waterhouse gave, what he called his Valedictory Lecture containing a comparative view ... 20 June 1786 Adams, John Quincy Bridge obtained leave of absence till Commencement. He intends to pass the Summer Vacation ... 21 June 1786 Adams, John Quincy This day the Seniors leave, College; there is no recitation in the morning, and prayers are ... 22 June 1786 Adams, John Quincy White and Cranch went to Brain tree this morning, and intend to stay there till Saturday ... 23 June 1786 Adams, John Quincy I made tea, for the Club: only four attended: many of them being out of town. I answered for ... 24 June 1786 Adams, John Quincy My Cousin return'd from Braintree this Evening. We had no reciting this morning. Weather ... 25 June 1786 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Mellen, preach'd here: he was a Tutor two or three years since. His forenoon discourse ... 26 June 1786 Adams, John Quincy A. B. N 2. (but was spoke first). ... 27 June 1786 Adams, John Quincy No reciting this afternoon. A number of the Scholars are forming themselves into a military ... 28 June 1786 Adams, John Quincy I received a letter from Mr. W. Smith, informing me of my aunt Smith's Death. She was here ... 29 June 1786 Adams, John Quincy Went to Boston, and attended my aunt Smith's funeral. Sat about an hour with my old ... 30 June 1786 Adams, John Quincy Mr. and Mrs. Cranch, Mr. W Smith, and Miss Betsey, came up here this afternoon and drank tea....

Undated

[July 1786]

1 July 1786 Adams, John Quincy The military company, having obtained a promise of 60 stand of arms, met immediately after ... 2 July 1786 Adams, John Quincy I was unwell, and obtained leave of absence from meeting. The weather was so warm, I could ... 3 July 1786 Adams, John Quincy We had our private exhibition this morning. The Orations by Little and Beale, were both upon ... 4 July 1786 Adams, John Quincy Anniversary of American Independence; an Oration was delivered in the morning at Boston, by ... 5 July 1786 Adams, John Quincy Dull, and low spirited, somewhat, but it did not last long. ... 6 July 1786 Adams, John Quincy ΦΒΚ Ν: 1. ... 7 July 1786 Adams, John Quincy The Palladian band, have begun to exercise, and Captain Vose, feels quite important. I do ... 8 July 1786 Adams, John Quincy At length we have some rain, the fruits of the Earth, have long been drooping for the want ... 9 July 1786 Adams, John Quincy The most comfortable Sunday, we have had, for many weeks past. Parson Hilliard preach'd in ... 10 July 1786 Adams, John Quincy We recite this week to Mr. Hale; with whom we shall probably finish Locke: and next Quarter ... 11 July 1786 Adams, John Quincy We did not recite this day. As the quarter draws near to a close, the Students are falling ... 12 July 1786 Adams, John Quincy The freshmen carry their enmity against the Sophimores, a great deal too far. They injure ... 13 July 1786 Adams, John Quincy We finished with Locke this morning, and were told to begin next Quarter, in Reid. In the ... 14 July 1786 Adams, John Quincy Gunning all the forenoon. Received this afternoon several Pamphlets, from my Sister. Read ... 15 July 1786 Adams, John Quincy Read part of the volume of anecdotes concerning Dr. Johnson. He appears to have been a ... 16 July 1786 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Wibird preached all day upon the Same Subject. His text was in I Corinthians XV. 55, 56, ... 17 July 1786 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Cranch went to Boston. Miss P. Storer, N. Quincy and B. Apthorp, pass'd the afternoon, ... 18 July 1786 Adams, John Quincy Rain'd a great part of the Day. Miss Hiller is only fourteen, her person comes very near to ... 19 July 1786 Adams, John Quincy At about 7 1/2 in the morning I set out for Cambridge, and arrived there just as the Clock ... 20 July 1786 Adams, John Quincy I set out from Cambridge between eight and nine. Stop'd and dined at General Warren's in ... 21 July 1786 Adams, John Quincy Spent great part of the day in my fathers library, reading, and writing. ... 22 July 1786 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Shaw went over to Weymouth. Mr. Cranch returned from Boston, and Mr. Standfast Smith ... 23 July 1786 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Davies preach'd in the forenoon from Matthew V, 20. For I say unto you, that except your ... 24 July 1786 Adams, John Quincy The young gentlemen went down to Germantown: it was too hot for me. I spent almost the whole ... 25 July 1786 Adams, John Quincy My Grandmamma spent the Day at Mr. Cranch's. General Palmer was up in the afternoon. I wrote ... 26 July 1786 Adams, John Quincy At about 6 this morning we set out I on horseback, Charles and Tom in a Sulkey; we got to ... 27 July 1786 Adams, John Quincy I perceive Charles has been guilty of a trick which I thought he would despise; that of ... 28 July 1786 Adams, John Quincy Captain Wyer, arrived a few days since from Ireland, and had caught a couple of Turtles in ... 29 July 1786 Adams, John Quincy Dined at Mr. White's, in Company, with Mrs. White of Boston, Mrs. Willard, Mrs. Parkman, and ... 30 July 1786 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Shaw preach'd in the forenoon from Proverbs I. 5. A wise man will hear, and will ... 31 July 1786 Adams, John Quincy I paid a few visits in the morning. Dined with a pretty large Company at Mr. Duncan's. After ...

[August 1786]

1 August 1786 Adams, John Quincy There was a meeting of an association of ministers here this day; but there were only three ... 2 August 1786 Adams, John Quincy We Lodged at Hamstead last night: it storm'd so all this morning, that, we could not think ... 3 August 1786 Adams, John Quincy Spent part of the forenoon at Mr. Thaxter's Office. Mr. Dodge was there. I went with Mr. ... 4 August 1786 Adams, John Quincy Went in the forenoon, and pick'd blackberries with the young Ladies. Lucy Cranch tells me I ... 5 August 1786 Adams, John Quincy We were up at four in the morning; but were so long in preparing our things that we did not ... 6 August 1786 Adams, John Quincy I felt so stiff all day that I did not go to meeting. I was unfit for almost every thing, ... 7 August 1786 Adams, John Quincy I could not sleep last night. Lay restless till about 3 in the morning. Then got up, and ... 8 August 1786 Adams, John Quincy Read through the remainder of the Dialogues, which Reid says, “prove by unanswerable ... 9 August 1786 Adams, John Quincy All the forenoon down in the Library; reading and writing. Pass'd the afternoon at my uncle ... 10 August 1786 Adams, John Quincy Spent the whole day in my father's library; wrote but little, I cannot indeed write half so ... 11 August 1786 Adams, John Quincy I went down with Charles and Billy to Mrs. Quincy's, in the afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. Gannett ... 12 August 1786 Adams, John Quincy Charles and myself went over to Weymouth, and dined at Doctor Tufts's. We were overtaken by ... 13 August 1786 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Weld preach'd all day from Micah VI. 8. He hath shewed thee O man, what is good, and ... 14 August 1786 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Cranch went to Boston in the morning. My aunt and Miss Betsey, are both of them unwell. ... 15 August 1786 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Dingley return'd to Duxbury: he proposes returning here next Friday, to spend a ... 16 August 1786 Adams, John Quincy Charles came to Cambridge last Monday in order to move into our new Chamber. My Cousin and ... 17 August 1786 Adams, John Quincy The Scholars are coming in very fast, and are almost all of them busy, in putting their new ... 18 August 1786 Adams, John Quincy They were obliged to carry off Stratten this forenoon, as he could not possibly walk. I ... 19 August 1786 Adams, John Quincy Leonard White Came from Boston, and Cranch return'd from Braintree this day. Almost all the ... 20 August 1786 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Deane, of Falmouth preach'd here this day, in the forenoon from Matthew. XI. 29. Take my ... 21 August 1786 Adams, John Quincy We recite this week, and the next to Mr. Read; The juniors have now a leisure week; Mr. Hale ... 22 August 1786 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Shaw came last evening with my brother Tom, who was examined this morning for the ... 23 August 1786 Adams, John Quincy Went to Mr. Dana's in the forenoon. He proposes going to Maryland, to meet in a Federal ... 24 August 1786 Adams, John Quincy Went down to the President's, for an order to take a book from the Library, but he did not ... 25 August 1786 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Read made a mistake, in calling over the Freshmen this morning, as it is customary to ... 26 August 1786 Adams, John Quincy Rainy weather all day. I had a number of the Class at my Chamber in the Afternoon. ... 27 August 1786 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Hilliard preach'd in the morning from Philippians, IV. 11. Not that I speak in respect ... 28 August 1786 Adams, John Quincy We recite again to Mr. Read this week, but he did not attend in the afternoon because, we ... 29 August 1786 Adams, John Quincy We had no recitation in the afternoon. After Prayers, we had a meeting of the ΦBK at ... 30 August 1786 Adams, John Quincy The Society met, this morning at Packard's Chamber agreeable to their Resolution. Mr. Paine ... 31 August 1786 Adams, John Quincy Charles went to Boston in the morning. I began upon Trigonometry in my mathematical ...

[September 1786]

1 September 1786 Adams, John Quincy Studied Algebra all the forenoon. Took books from the Library, Brydone's Tour vol: 2d. ... 2 September 1786 Adams, John Quincy I have been too busily employ'd, to have much to say. Study, does not afford, a rich source ... 3 September 1786 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Hilliard gave us a Sermon in the forenoon from Isaiah LV. 6. Seek ye the Lord while he ... 4 March 1786 Adams, John Quincy We were to have had a Class meeting, by Rights: but no one thought to obtain Leave. As we ... 5 September 1786 Adams, John Quincy Anniversary of the ΦBK, Society. The members were, on that account excused from reciting. At ... 6 September 1786 Adams, John Quincy This day the annual Dudleian Lecture was preach'd by Mr. Symmes of Andover; the subject was ... 7 September 1786 Adams, John Quincy No reciting. Cranch went to Boston. ... 8 September 1786 Adams, John Quincy I went in the evening to see Mrs. Dana; there was a large Company there, and I escaped as ... 9 September 1786 Adams, John Quincy The inferior Court, is to sit according to Law, next Tuesday, at Concord; it is said, that ... 10 September 1786 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Porter the Minister of Roxbury, preach'd here; he is a pretty good Speaker. His ... 11 September 1786 Adams, John Quincy We recite again to Mr. Read this week, and shall probably the whole of this Quarter. I ... 12 September 1786 Adams, John Quincy Rain'd hard almost all day. We had a Class meeting, after Prayers for determining the ... 13 September 1786 Adams, John Quincy Finished my Trigonometry. ... 14 September 1786 Adams, John Quincy White went to Haverhill. I determined with Little upon two Pieces, to publish in the next ... 15 September 1786 Adams, John Quincy I copied a part of Fiske's Oration, upon Patriotism, to be printed in the next Boston ... 16 September 1786 Adams, John Quincy Copied off my Forensic for the Exhibition, and prepared it, to carry for Approbation to the ... 17 September 1786 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Hilliard preach'd in the forenoon from Isaiah V. 12. But they regard not the work of the ... 18 September 1786 Adams, John Quincy I have been so unwell all Day, that I have not been able to attend to any Studies at all. We ... 19 September 1786 Adams, John Quincy Unwell again, so that I have not been able to Study. I have felt a kind of dizziness, which ... 20 September 1786 Adams, John Quincy This Evening, immediately after prayers, the President inform'd us that the Government, and ... 21 September 1786 Adams, John Quincy I really do not know what I have done this day. I am always sensible, that what with one ... 22 September 1786 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Read sent for me this morning, informed me, that the Exhibition was to come on next ... 23 September 1786 Adams, John Quincy I have done nothing all this Day. Every Day thus lost doubles the obligation of improving ... 24 September 1786 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Hilliard gave us an occasional Sermon, occasioned by the Death of Mr. Warland, a young ... 25 September 1786 Adams, John Quincy Almost all this Day was employ'd in preparing for the exhibition. The musical Parts take up ... 26 September 1786 Adams, John Quincy The exhibition began at about a quarter after 12, with, the Latin Oration by Bridge, it was ... 27 September 1786 Adams, John Quincy I feel quite indolent as I have finally got rid of the affair which has kept me employ'd ... 28 September 1786 Adams, John Quincy We had a meeting of the ΦBK, in the morning at Little's Chamber. Chandler read a ... 29 September 1786 Adams, John Quincy It is a most unhappy Circumstance, for a Man to be very ambitious, without those Qualities ... 30 September 1786 Adams, John Quincy I see not why I should not relate what anecdotes I can collect concerning myself; and why I ...

[October 1786]

1 October 1786 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Paine, preached here, in the forenoon from Acts IV. 12. Neither is there salvation in ... 2 October 1786 Adams, John Quincy We recite this week to Mr. Burr the new Tutor; but he was absent this Day. The A B Society ... 3 October 1786 Adams, John Quincy A number of the Students have been very ill in consequence of eating cheese from the Buttery.... 4 October 1786 Adams, John Quincy We had this morning a forensic given out, to be read next week, on the Question whether the ... 5 October 1786 Adams, John Quincy A very bad cold, has prevented my studying much, this day. ... 6 October 1786 Adams, John Quincy A stormy day. Very unwell, especially in the former part of the Day. I have had several ... 7 October 1786 Adams, John Quincy I have been studying almost all day what to write for a Forensic; the subject is so copious, ... 8 October 1786 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Hilliard preached in the morning from Ephesians V. 1. Be ye therefore followers of God, ... 9 October 1786 Adams, John Quincy No reciting. Mr. Burr is engaged to preach several Sundays at Hingham, and does not return ... 10 October 1786 Adams, John Quincy The ΦBK. met at Burge's chamber at 11 o'clock. Beale and Burge read dissertations. The ... 11 October 1786 Adams, John Quincy The Class from 9 to near twelve were reading their forensic; I read in the affirmative as ... 12 October 1786 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Burr gave out this morning a subject for our next forensic. “Whether an extorted promise ... 13 October 1786 Adams, John Quincy Had a great deal of fuss about some Tea spoons, which I lost some days since. I have found ... 14 October 1786 Adams, John Quincy Went to Boston, in order to get some books which were sent by Callahan; but I could not get ... 15 October 1786 Adams, John Quincy Was excused from attending meeting this day: being somewhat unwell. Finished the first ... 16 October 1786 Adams, John Quincy We recite two or three times more, in s'Gravesande's, but next quarter, we shall begin upon ... 17 October 1786 Adams, John Quincy Charles and my Cousin, went away in the morning, immediately after commons. Tom, went to ... 18 October 1786 Adams, John Quincy Loitered away, a great part of my Time, as I most commonly do in vacation Time. I intend ... 19 October 1786 Adams, John Quincy Spent the day, in alternately reading, writing, walking, and playing. This is dull life, and ... 20 October 1786 Adams, John Quincy My two brothers were gone all the morning on a gunning party. My cousin and I went, in the ... 21 October 1786 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Thaxter stop'd about half an hour, this morning, on his return from Hingham, where he ... 22 October 1786 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Tread well, preach'd in the forenoon from Matthew XI. 15 “he that hath ears to hear, let ... 23 October 1786 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Cranch went this morning to Boston. His Son, went with him, and will proceed to ... 24 October 1786 Adams, John Quincy Went down to my uncle Adams's in the afternoon, and spent a couple of hours. Finished ... 25 October 1786 Adams, John Quincy Thayer and Charles returned from Scituate this afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. Hilliard came to pass ... 26 October 1786 Adams, John Quincy We have been left alone again this day. Mr. and Mrs. Hilliard went away this morning. I ... 27 October 1786 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Read came here in the afternoon, to spend a day. Though he cannot entirely lay aside the ... 28 October 1786 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Read set out in the afternoon to return to Cambridge. In the Evening Mr. Cranch returned ... 29 October 1786 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Wibird preach'd all day from John I, 47. Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of ... 30 October 1786 Adams, John Quincy Snow'd all the morning. Mr. Cranch went to Boston and Charles with him: he return to ... 31 October 1786 Adams, John Quincy Miss B. Palmer, came from Germantown, this afternoon, to spend the night here. We prepared ...

[November 1786]

1 November 1786 Adams, John Quincy We returned through Boston, to Cambridge. The road from Charlestown was full of carriages ... 2 November 1786 Adams, John Quincy Attended the court in the forenoon, and afternoon, but there were no causes of any ... 3 November 1786 Adams, John Quincy Reading, Reid on the Mind. This author in some places pleases me very much; but in others he ... 4 November 1786 Adams, John Quincy Charles and Cranch went to Boston. Wrote part of my forensic; and as I was obliged to ... 5 November 1786 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Hilliard preach'd in the morning from Matthew XXIV 13. But he that shall endure unto the ... 6 November 1786 Adams, John Quincy We recited this morning for the first time in Ferguson's astronomy. The part which I have ... 7 November 1786 Adams, John Quincy We had a lecture from Mr. Wigglesworth in the afternoon, and in the evening the weather ... 8 November 1786 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Williams gave a public astronomical lecture this afternoon, relating to the different ... 9 November 1786 Adams, John Quincy Had the whole day to myself; as I did not attend the afternoon recitation. Spent my Time in ... 10 November 1786 Adams, John Quincy We had a Lecture at 10 this forenoon from Mr. Williams, explaining the theory of the motion ... 11 November 1786 Adams, John Quincy We had another Lecture at 11 from Mr. Williams, to give us the theory of solar and lunar ... 12 November 1786 Adams, John Quincy Very unwell with a sore throat, so that I did not attend meeting. Dined with White at my ... 13 November 1786 Adams, John Quincy The Class recite this week to Mr. Burr: but I was so unwell this morning that I did not ... 14 November 1786 Adams, John Quincy We had a meeting of the ΦBK immediately after Commons in the morning, and received White. ... 15 November 1786 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Burr went to an Ordination, and consequently we had no reciting in the afternoon. Mr. ... 16 November 1786 Adams, John Quincy The weather begins to grow very cold: it has been remarkably fine all this fall. Mrs. Cranch ... 17 November 1786 Adams, John Quincy Took books from the library. Hammond's algebra; Burke, on the sublime and beautiful, and ... 18 November 1786 Adams, John Quincy Unwell, so that I could not do much all day. Finished my elements for an eclipse, and ... 19 November 1786 Adams, John Quincy I was very sick with a sore throat, and head ache; so that I could not attend meeting. Dined ... 20 November 1786 Adams, John Quincy Snow'd almost all day. White set out early in the morning for Haverhill; his sister is to be ... 21 November 1786 Adams, John Quincy The second division of the Class, read a forensic, upon the Question, whether the destroying ... 22 November 1786 Adams, John Quincy We had a lecture in the forenoon from Mr. Wigglesworth. Wrote off something upon conic ... 23 November 1786 Adams, John Quincy Snow'd all the forenoon. We had tea at Cranch's chamber; Whitney arrived in the evening; he ... 24 November 1786 Adams, John Quincy This evening, just after tea, at Chandler 1st's chamber, we were all called out by the ... 25 November 1786 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Williams gave us a lecture this forenoon, to explain several astronomical instruments. ... 26 November 1786 Adams, John Quincy Attended meeting for the first time these three weeks. Dined at Judge Dana's. Captain Hobby, ... 27 November 1786 Adams, John Quincy Recite in Ferguson this week. Mr. Williams, this forenoon concluded his course of ... 28 November 1786 Adams, John Quincy The weather very cold. No appearance of rioters as yet, tho' it is this evening reported ... 29 November 1786 Adams, John Quincy No appearance yet of any body to prevent the sitting of the court; the reports have not yet ... 30 November 1786 Adams, John Quincy The reports of Shays, and Shattuck coming, at the head of thousands to stop the Court, grow ...

[December 1786]

1 December 1786 Adams, John Quincy It was on Wednesday, that the troop of horsemen from Boston went up in search of Shattuck. ... 2 December 1786 Adams, John Quincy The party from Roxbury under the command of Major Spooner, which went from here, thursday ... 3 December 1786 Adams, John Quincy A number of the Class drank tea in the morning at Bridge's chamber. Attended meeting, all ... 4 December 1786 Adams, John Quincy We had after prayers a class-meeting, upon the subject of a private commencement. Freeman ... 5 December 1786 Adams, John Quincy The storm continued with unabated violence, a great part of the day. In the evening however ... 6 December 1786 Adams, John Quincy The Weather fair, but the Snow, which drifted a great deal, is in some places so deep, that ... 7 December 1786 Adams, John Quincy I have been rather idle, this week, and this day entirely so. This evening I went down with ... 8 December 1786 Adams, John Quincy It Snow'd in the morning till 10 o'clock, and it was feared the exhibition, must be again ... 9 December 1786 Adams, John Quincy Very little fatigue, by the last night's party: but much fatigued by the weather. For there ... 10 December 1786 Adams, John Quincy The weather cleared up this morning; but the wind was so high, and the snow so deep; that Mr.... 11 December 1786 Adams, John Quincy We recite this week in Burlamaqui, to Mr. Burr, but he did not attend this day. I am reduced ... 12 December 1786 Adams, John Quincy The government, this morning, determined that if more than half the students should be ... 13 December 1786 Adams, John Quincy This morning, immediately after prayers, the president informed us that the vacation would ... 14 December 1786 Adams, John Quincy Thanksgiving day. Mr. Hilliard, preached a very long sermon, but none of the best. He ... 15 December 1786 Adams, John Quincy Many families in town are distressed for want of wood; the snow, is so deep, that, the ... 16 December 1786 Adams, John Quincy Tom, came from Boston this forenoon. Fifteen persons were buried there this afternoon, who ... 17 December 1786 Adams, John Quincy Chandler 1st. went off this morning; there are about 20 of the scholars, who have not yet ... 18 December 1786 Adams, John Quincy The young Ladies at Mr. Wigglesworth's, dined at Judge Danas, I went down there with Bridge; ... 19 December 1786 Adams, John Quincy Foster, and Lovell, and Cranch were here to day; all came for their cloaths &c. Several of ... 20 December 1786 Adams, John Quincy I have been rather more attentive this day, than for this week, past, and have written ... 21 December 1786 Adams, John Quincy Miss Jones returned from Judge Dana's. I spent the evening with Bridge, and Freeman, at the ... 22 December 1786 Adams, John Quincy Miss Cutts's misfortune, last night, has been a subject of much diversion, to the Ladies; to ... 23 December 1786 Adams, John Quincy Dined with Mr. Harris, Freeman, and Bridge at Mr. Pearson's. He has been very polite to me, ... 24 December 1786 Adams, John Quincy Snow'd all night, and this forenoon. I attended meeting all day: Mr. Hilliard preached, but ... 25 December 1786 Adams, John Quincy Christmas day; and one of the coldest, we have had this Season. The snow which has fallen, ... 26 December 1786 Adams, John Quincy Bridge went to Boston. Mason finally took his leave, and left us to ourselves; so that we ... 27 December 1786 Adams, John Quincy Bridge went to Boston again: in the evening we went down, with Mr. Ware, and Freeman, to ... 28 December 1786 Adams, John Quincy Studying Saunderson; Mayo was here in the afternoon. Mr. Ware likewise paid us a visit and ... 29 December 1786 Adams, John Quincy Continuation of the same course. We got us some wood, this afternoon. Bridge, pass'd the ... 30 December 1786 Adams, John Quincy The week has closed as it began, and I shall be content if for the six remaining weeks of ... 31 December 1786 Adams, John Quincy Sacrament day. Mr. Hilliard preach'd an occasional sermon in the forenoon; and in the ...

1787

[January 1787]

1 January 1787 Adams, John Quincy I received, two letters, and a couple of Packets of newspapers, from Europe, they were the ... 2 January 1787 Adams, John Quincy I pass'd the evening with Mr. Andrews, at Professor Pearson's. He is fond of music, to ... 3 January 1787 Adams, John Quincy Dined at Mr. Hilliard's, in company with Mr. Stedman, Mr. Ware, Mr. Andrews, Freeman, and ... 4 January 1787 Adams, John Quincy For want of sufficient exercise, I have been unwell, for several days: there is no walking ... 5 January 1787 Adams, John Quincy We passed the evening at Freeman's chamber. He proposes setting off for Newbury, to morrow ... 6 January 1787 Adams, John Quincy Very cold this morning, Freeman went for Ipswich. Mr. Andrews called upon us in the ... 7 January 1787 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Hilliard preach'd all day; pretty much in the common stile. ... 8 January 1787 Adams, John Quincy We went down this evening with the young ladies, to Mr. Dana's. I passed several hours ... 9 January 1787 Adams, John Quincy Snow'd part of the day. Reading Watson's chemical essays. They are written in a very plain ... 10 January 1787 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Paine was ordained, minister of Charlestown, but as it snow'd all the fore part of the ... 11 January 1787 Adams, John Quincy The weather is yet unsettled, but it has not storm'd this day. Saunders, and Barron of the ... 12 January 1787 Adams, John Quincy The weather cleared up in the morning, and the cold since noon has increased very fast. We ... 13 January 1787 Adams, John Quincy The weather very cold all day with a strong wind. We had a Quantity of company, in the ... 14 January 1787 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Hilliard preach'd all day. It is a long time since he has given us any variety: but on ... 15 January 1787 Adams, John Quincy The weather very moderate. The snow went off quite fast. Drank tea at Mr. Hilliard's. His ... 16 January 1787 Adams, John Quincy Dined at Mr. Dana's, and pass'd part of the evening with the Judge and his Lady at Mr. ... 17 January 1787 Adams, John Quincy My Chum went to Boston, but return'd early in the afternoon. After tea we went down to Mr. ... 18 January 1787 Adams, John Quincy Fine weather, till the evening, which was very blustry. The men have been selected who are ... 19 January 1787 Adams, John Quincy The troops from this Town, went this afternoon to Waltham, from whence, they are to proceed ... 20 January 1787 Adams, John Quincy Snow'd all day. We were rather tired after our expedition. I have been idle; and do not by ... 21 January 1787 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Hilliard again entertained us all day, with his own composition. Bridge, and I dined at ... 22 January 1787 Adams, John Quincy Employ'd all day, in translating some german observations for Mr. Dana: finished them: and ... 23 January 1787 Adams, John Quincy Miss Ellery pass'd the day at the professor's, and was very agreeable; I am more and more ... 24 January 1787 Adams, John Quincy Miss Ellery, went home this morning, after breakfast. Miss Jones, rather unsociable; her ... 25 January 1787 Adams, John Quincy The weather has been all along quite unsettled. Yesterday was very cold, but to day, it ... 26 January 1787 Adams, John Quincy General Lincoln, it seems, finds more difficulties in the affair he has undertaken, than ... 27 January 1787 Adams, John Quincy Fay was here this morning, and Freeman return'd this day from his Tour to visit his friends. ... 28 January 1787 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Fiske supplied Mr. Hilliard this day: and gave satisfaction in general. His sentiments ... 29 January 1787 Adams, John Quincy Bridge went to Salem, upon some business this day, and returned. ... 30 January 1787 Adams, John Quincy Mrs. Cranch, Miss Betsey, and her brother, came from Braintree this morning, dined at Mr. ... 31 January 1787 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Harris arrived this afternoon from Springfield, but did not bring any further accounts ...

[February 1787]

1 February 1787 Adams, John Quincy It snow'd, the greatest part of the day; but gently, and without wind. Miss Jones, this ... 2 February 1787 Adams, John Quincy Drank tea again at Mr. Pearson's. Miss Ellery, Miss Williams, Miss Mason, Miss Wigglesworth, ... 3 February 1787 Adams, John Quincy A Snow storm came on, in the afternoon, and continued in the night. We saw Mr. Ellery this ... 4 February 1787 Adams, John Quincy The wind was very high all the forenoon; and although the sky was clear, the drifting of the ... 5 February 1787 Adams, John Quincy The occurrences of the day, were not remarkable. I did not study much. I have been reading ... 6 February 1787 Adams, John Quincy This being the last day before the close of the vacation, I was part of the day employ'd in ... 7 February 1787 Adams, John Quincy This morning I returned to my old quarters N: 6. My Brothers and Cousin got here just before ... 8 February 1787 Adams, John Quincy White lent me his horse this morning, to go to Boston. Dr. Tufts, had sent by my brothers, ... 9 February 1787 Adams, John Quincy Return'd to the library the books I had taken out, and took the second volume of the Idler. ... 10 February 1787 Adams, John Quincy Very few of the students have arrived. Not more than 15 of our Class have yet appeared. The ... 11 February 1787 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Hilliard entertained us all day, with a couple of Sermons, upon the whole armour of god. ... 12 February 1787 Adams, John Quincy We recite this week to Mr. Burr, but this disagreeable exercice returns at present only once ... 13 February 1787 Adams, John Quincy At nine o'clock this morning, the Class read a forensic disputation: I had written in the ... 14 February 1787 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Wigglesworth gave us this morning a private lecture, and Mr. Williams had a public one, ... 15 February 1787 Adams, John Quincy I went down in the morning to Mr. Pearson's, with an intention of inviting Miss Bromfield to ... 16 February 1787 Adams, John Quincy I rose just before the commons bell rung for dinner, quite refreshed, and not more fatigued, ... 17 February 1787 Adams, John Quincy Was at Kendall's chamber after dinner; and likewise drank tea there. At home all the evening ... 18 February 1787 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Hilliard preached to us in the forenoon, and the president in the afternoon, when we ... 19 February 1787 Adams, John Quincy We recite this week to Mr. Read. So few of the Class have yet arrived, that we have all ... 20 February 1787 Adams, John Quincy Was part of the afternoon at Bridge's chamber. Had tea at Little's. Charles and Cranch, ... 21 February 1787 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Williams gave us a public lecture this afternoon, containing, an account of the ... 22 February 1787 Adams, John Quincy Very cold weather. We drank tea at Williams's. Bridge, and I went and pass'd the evening at ... 23 February 1787 Adams, John Quincy About one half the Class are here at present: they have been coming in, quite slowly; and ... 24 February 1787 Adams, John Quincy Committee met again at Mr. Ware's chamber; after reading all the letters, I was requested to ... 25 February 1787 Adams, John Quincy I was absent from meeting all this day. Bridge dined with me, at my chamber. I begun, and ... 26 February 1787 Adams, John Quincy We recite again in Ferguson. Mr. Pearson gave a lecture this afternoon; it was still upon ... 27 February 1787 Adams, John Quincy Almost all our Class have arrived. This morning I was not waked by the ringing of the prayer ... 28 February 1787 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Williams gave us an astronomical lecture this afternoon. The sodality met, in the ...

[March 1787]

1 March 1787 Adams, John Quincy Charles went to Boston this morning: in the afternoon, I was at Foster's chamber; he ... 2 March 1787 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Andrews was at my chamber in the forenoon. I went with him, and Cranch and my class mate ... 3 March 1787 Adams, John Quincy Dined with, Bridge, Cranch, Freeman, Little and White, at our classmate Foster's in Boston. ... 4 March 1787 Adams, John Quincy Was absent from meeting all day. Read a Sermon, from Blair, in the forenoon, upon the duties ... 5 March 1787 Adams, John Quincy Snow'd moderately, a large part of the day. We recite to Mr. Burr. Professor Pearson, gave a ... 6 March 1787 Adams, John Quincy Engaged an horse, to go to Haverhill to-morrow; White went to Boston for the same purpose. ... 7 March 1787 Adams, John Quincy At about 11, in the morning I set off, with Foster and White, for Haverhill. At half past ... 8 March 1787 Adams, John Quincy In the forenoon, I went and paid a number of visits, to my old acquaintance in this place; ... 9 March 1787 Adams, John Quincy Walk'd about the town, with Mr. Hazen, White and Foster. Went to see Miss Hazen, the Miss ... 10 March 1787 Adams, John Quincy We had not obtained leave to be absent from College, and were therefore obliged to be at ... 11 March 1787 Adams, John Quincy Attended meeting all day. Mr. Hilliard preach'd; but not very much to the purpose: what with ... 12 March 1787 Adams, John Quincy This morning the parts for the ensuing exhibition were distributed. Foster has the English ... 13 March 1787 Adams, John Quincy Somewhat idle, the greater part of the day: rather dull, and low spirited: the Sophimores ... 14 March 1787 Adams, John Quincy Was employ'd almost all day, in thinking upon the subject of my conference; wrote a few ... 15 March 1787 Adams, John Quincy All day, engaged again, in writing my part of the conference; I do not know that I ever ... 16 March 1787 Adams, John Quincy Attended the library. ... 17 March 1787 Adams, John Quincy I at length finished my part of the conference, this forenoon, and was employ'd all the ... 18 March 1787 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Hilliard preached for us the whole day: his text in the afternoon was in these words, ... 19 March 1787 Adams, John Quincy This morning the junior's Prescott, and Wier, were publicly admonished for having had ... 20 March 1787 Adams, John Quincy Lines, upon the late proceedings of the College Government. ... 21 March 1787 Adams, John Quincy This usually an holiday to the junior Class who now cease reciting at eleven in the forenoon.... 22 March 1787 Adams, John Quincy Fast day. Attended Mr. Hilliard the whole day; but to no great purpose: in consequence of ... 23 March 1787 Adams, John Quincy Charles went down to Mr. Dana's this evening; the judge is mending but quite slowly: ... 24 March 1787 Adams, John Quincy We had last evening a Class meeting; a petition drawn up by Little, as additional to that ... 25 March 1787 Adams, John Quincy We heard Mr. Evans preach, all day: he attempted to be quite pathetic in the afternoon; but ... 26 March 1787 Adams, John Quincy Breakfasted at the judge's, and then returned to College. Finished the projection of my ... 27 March 1787 Adams, John Quincy It was late before I retired last night, and this morning I arose between 10 and 11. Little ... 28 March 1787 Adams, John Quincy Employ'd, part of the day in projecting the Eclipse for April 1791. We had a meeting of the ... 29 March 1787 Adams, John Quincy I went this evening with Bridge, and pass'd half an hour at Mr. Wigglesworth's. Ned is very ... 30 March 1787 Adams, John Quincy Charles went to Boston this forenoon. ... 31 March 1787 Adams, John Quincy The Class recited in Doddridge this morning, but I did not attend, being rather unwell. The ...

[April 1787]

1 April 1787 Adams, John Quincy Attended meeting the whole day, to hear Mr. Hilliard; and had moreover the supreme felicity ... 2 April 1787 Adams, John Quincy Recite this week in Burlamaqui: This is the day on which the election of a governor is made ... 3 April 1787 Adams, John Quincy At nine this morning the Class in two divisions read their forensics one part upon the ... 4 April 1787 Adams, John Quincy Employ'd great part of the day in collecting the theses. I have now as many as I shall want ... 5 April 1787 Adams, John Quincy At eleven this forenoon, Mr. Williams gave us, the second, philosophical lecture: it was ... 6 April 1787 Adams, John Quincy We this day returned our books to the library. ... 7 April 1787 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Williams gave us this forenoon a lecture upon motion: the same which we heard a twelve ... 8 April 1787 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Burr preach'd to us this afternoon, a pretty good Sermon. In the evening I attended the ... 9 April 1787 Adams, John Quincy This is the last week in which our Class attend recitations; and, this morning Mr. Burr gave ... 10 April 1787 Adams, John Quincy The weather in the morning was disagreeable, but cleared up, at about ten. Had company at my ... 11 April 1787 Adams, John Quincy I went down this morning to the president to know the determination of the Corporation with ... 12 April 1787 Adams, John Quincy By using so little exercice, as I have done for these 18 months; and leading a sedentary ... 13 April 1787 Adams, John Quincy Mr. and Mrs. Gannett went away at about 11. this forenoon, and left their daughter here. I ... 14 April 1787 Adams, John Quincy Spent the day very much like the two former. We have destroy'd almost all the birds within ... 15 April 1787 Adams, John Quincy Went to meeting in the forenoon, and heard Mr. Wibird preach. That most pleasing part of his ... 16 April 1787 Adams, John Quincy A very fine day. At about 10 this morning, the president and his Lady, Mr. and Mrs. ... 17 April 1787 Adams, John Quincy The whole company arrived here early this morning: we went up into the burying ground and ... 18 April 1787 Adams, John Quincy At about 11, this morning, we went from Mr. Freeman's to the meeting house: it was much ... 19 April 1787 Adams, John Quincy Between 10 and 11 this morning I set off with Vose and Lloyd, and Clark, and arrived at ... 20 April 1787 Adams, John Quincy At nine this morning we left Plymouth, and proceeded with Sever, and Warren, to Kingston. ... 21 April 1787 Adams, John Quincy Snow'd quite fast this morning, and the weather was very cold. Between 10 and 11 however we ... 22 April 1787 Adams, John Quincy Somewhat fatigued in consequence of my journey: for which reason, I did not go to meeting to ... 23 April 1787 Adams, John Quincy Rambling about with my gun all the forenoon; but with little success: went and dined at my ... 24 April 1787 Adams, John Quincy Very warm this forenoon. After dinner, I had just set out with my aunt to go down to Mr. ... 25 April 1787 Adams, John Quincy The other young gentlemen, went off at about 8 o'clock: I waited about an hour longer, in ... 26 April 1787 Adams, John Quincy The students return, slowly. Cranch went back to Braintree last night. Clark arrived from ... 27 April 1787 Adams, John Quincy Went into the library, and took out one Volume of Wolff's mathematics. Charles went to ... 28 April 1787 Adams, John Quincy The Boston Scholars come up this evening, after entering their names at the buttery on ... 29 April 1787 Adams, John Quincy Attended meeting all day. Mr. Hilliard preach'd in the forenoon, and Mr. Willard, brother to ... 30 April 1787 Adams, John Quincy Cranch and my Chum went to Boston this morning to see a pompous funeral of one Mr. Webb, who ...

[May 1787]

1 May 1787 Adams, John Quincy It thundered this morning from seven to nine, with some rain. I went with Barron to Mr. ... 2 May 1787 Adams, John Quincy This morning I went out with Forbes and Mason, on a gunning party. The game was very scarce, ... 3 May 1787 Adams, John Quincy Cranch went to Braintree this morning. I pass'd the greater part of the day in writing. I do ... 4 May 1787 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Williams at 11 o'clock gave us a philosophical lecture in which he blended two of those ... 5 May 1787 Adams, John Quincy A sultry, disagreeable day. Mr. Williams gave a philosophical lecture this morning; but I ... 6 May 1787 Adams, John Quincy Attended Mr. Hilliard all day. He preach'd rather better than usual, I think. ... 7 May 1787 Adams, John Quincy This morning I went up, with Cranch, Learned, Lloyd, Mason, Phelps and Putnam, to the fresh ... 8 May 1787 Adams, John Quincy Began to pay some attention to my theses. Studied fluxions, a little in the forenoon: and ... 9 May 1787 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Wigglesworth gave a private lecture this morning, and we had likewise a philosophical ... 10 May 1787 Adams, John Quincy A violent north east storm continued the whole day, with copious rain: there has fallen more ... 11 May 1787 Adams, John Quincy Storm'd again the whole day: we had a lecture from Mr. Williams, upon heat, in which he ... 12 May 1787 Adams, John Quincy The storm continued the whole day with unabated violence. Mr. Williams gave a philosophical ... 13 May 1787 Adams, John Quincy The storm continued violent through the whole day. The rain pour'd down, with as much force, ... 14 May 1787 Adams, John Quincy We had a philosophical lecture at 11. A Class meeting was called this evening, to determine, ... 15 May 1787 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Williams gave us a lecture upon pneumatics: The parts for Commencement were not given ... 16 May 1787 Adams, John Quincy The parts for Commencement have been expected for a day or two, with some degree of ... 17 May 1787 Adams, John Quincy This morning the different parts for Commencement were distributed by the president, in the ... 18 May 1787 Adams, John Quincy Concluded my theses, and carried them to him for examination. Began my part for ... 19 May 1787 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Thaxter was here, about half an hour, on his return to Haverhill. Mr. Williams, gave us ... 20 May 1787 Adams, John Quincy Attended meeting all day. Dined at Mr. Dana's, with the butler. The weather was warm, the ... 21 May 1787 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Williams this forenoon closed the subject of Pneumatics, with an account of the ... 22 May 1787 Adams, John Quincy Our lecture this day, was upon magnetism; but I think it was nearly or exactly the same with ... 23 May 1787 Adams, John Quincy This day, we had a lecture upon electricity: we received a shock, which was much more ... 24 May 1787 Adams, John Quincy Weather was so cloudy all day, that we had no philosophical lecture. Tuesday evening we had ... 25 May 1787 Adams, John Quincy Rain'd all day; but cleared up in the evening. We had last night a class meeting, to ... 26 May 1787 Adams, John Quincy The weather was fair this forenoon, and Mr. Williams gave us a lecture, upon the nature, ... 27 May 1787 Adams, John Quincy Attended Mr. Hilliard, the whole day: he preach'd in the afternoon a Charity Sermon, and a ... 28 May 1787 Adams, John Quincy I wrote off my piece for Commencement this forenoon, and carried it to Mr. Reed for his ... 29 May 1787 Adams, John Quincy The junior's, this forenoon read a forensic in the chapel, upon the question, whether the ... 30 May 1787 Adams, John Quincy Election day. About two thirds of the Students went to Boston. Those of us who remain'd ... 31 May 1787 Adams, John Quincy The Sophimores are very fearful that their yesterday's conduct has brought them into ...

[June 1787]

1 June 1787 Adams, John Quincy At 11, we had another lecture upon the optical instruments; the solar microscope, the ... 2 June 1787 Adams, John Quincy This day the government met, upon the subject of the disorders of which the Sophimores were ... 3 June 1787 Adams, John Quincy Attended meeting in the forenoon. Sacrament day: I went to dine at Judge Dana's: soon after ... 4 June 1787 Adams, John Quincy The judge was much better this morning. At 11 o'clock I came up to College. Mr. Williams ... 5 June 1787 Adams, John Quincy This morning after Commons we had a meeting of the ΦBK, at Cranch's chamber: We began by ... 6 June 1787 Adams, John Quincy Past the day at Judge Dana's. It rain'd almost all day. Miss Peggy Wigglesworth was there; ... 7 June 1787 Adams, John Quincy North-east winds, still chill the blood, and with a dull cold principle affect our spirits. ... 8 June 1787 Adams, John Quincy Took books from the library for the last time. I took Mason's Poems and Abbadie, upon the ... 9 June 1787 Adams, John Quincy This morning the president returned my theses to transcribe a fair copy for the press. I ... 10 June 1787 Adams, John Quincy Attended meeting all day. Mr. Burr, preach'd two very good sermons. Dined at Mr. Dana's, in ... 11 June 1787 Adams, John Quincy A very warm day. I loitered away my time, as I have, every day for these three weeks. ... 12 June 1787 Adams, John Quincy Went to Boston this morning with Bridge, Cranch, White and Whitney in the stage. I attended ... 13 June 1787 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Wigglesworth gave a lecture this forenoon, but I did not attend; engaged the chief of ... 14 June 1787 Adams, John Quincy Return'd a copy of my theses to the president, who informed me, that they would all be ready ... 15 June 1787 Adams, John Quincy A warm day, but the air has been much more pure, than for several days past. Yesterday Mr. ... 16 June 1787 Adams, John Quincy Charles went to Boston this morning, and return'd at night. After prayers I went with Cranch ... 17 June 1787 Adams, John Quincy Attended meeting all day. Mr. Hilliard preach'd us two good occasional sermons from Proverbs ... 18 June 1787 Adams, John Quincy Took a long walk with Cranch this afternoon. ... 19 June 1787 Adams, John Quincy This forenoon Mr. Cranch pass'd through here on his way to Boston. We are to return to ... 20 June 1787 Adams, John Quincy The weather was extremely warm: I had a long contest with Johnson, in the barber's shop. We ... 21 June 1787 Adams, John Quincy This is the day, when our Class should by rights, have quitted college; but they have been ... 22 June 1787 Adams, John Quincy My Cousins went in the morning down to Mrs. Quincy's, and in the afternoon to Milton. I ... 23 June 1787 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Cranch and Dr. Tufts came from Boston this afternoon. The Dr. informs me, that Mr. ... 24 June 1787 Adams, John Quincy Attended meeting all day. Mr. Shuttlesworth preach'd; I was much better pleased with him, ... 25 June 1787 Adams, John Quincy My Cousin and his mamma, went to Milton this afternoon. I went to see my Grandmamma. Miss N. ... 26 June 1787 Adams, John Quincy Mr. and Mrs. Boyes Boies with Miss Lucy, came over and dined here. After dinner we went to ... 27 June 1787 Adams, John Quincy Two Miss Greenleaf's came here this forenoon, and still remain. Mr. Cranch went to Boston ... 28 June 1787 Adams, John Quincy Took a long walk in the morning with my Cousin and the Ladies. When we return'd we found, my ... 29 June 1787 Adams, John Quincy I intended to have gone to Cambridge this afternoon, but could not get an horse. My Cousin ... 30 June 1787 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Cranch and his son, return'd from Boston, this afternoon. Dr. Tufts stopp'd here on his ...

[July 1787]

1 July 1787 Adams, John Quincy Attended Mr. Wibird all day: in the afternoon, four children were baptised. We remain'd ... 2 July 1787 Adams, John Quincy Miss Betsey and her brother pass'd the afternoon at Mrs. Quincy's. I was quite indolent and ... 3 July 1787 Adams, John Quincy At about 8 this morning I went set off with my Cousin, for Cambridge, where we arrived, just ... 4 July 1787 Adams, John Quincy Breakfasted with Forbes, and at ten o'clock set off for Boston in company with Clark: as ... 5 July 1787 Adams, John Quincy Mrs. Cranch and Miss Betsey, went to Boston this morning, and propose not to return till ... 6 July 1787 Adams, John Quincy Finished Wraxall's tour, and am confirm'd in the opinion I had formed of it: the poor young ... 7 July 1787 Adams, John Quincy Mrs. Cranch and Miss Betsey return'd from Boston this evening. ... 8 July 1787 Adams, John Quincy I did not attend meeting this day. ... 9 July 1787 Adams, John Quincy Mr. and Mrs. Cranch went to Boston this morning, and return'd in the evening. ... 10 July 1787 Adams, John Quincy All the forenoon out, shooting birds. Much fatigued. At about three this afternoon, we had ... 11 July 1787 Adams, John Quincy This day completes my twentieth year: and yet I am good for nothing, and cannot even carry ... 12 July 1787 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Cranch and his Son went to Boston this morning: my Cousin proposes to go this night to ... 13 July 1787 Adams, John Quincy I found something to do, this forenoon, and have pass'd it with less tediousness, than any ... 14 July 1787 Adams, John Quincy Went with my cousin in the forenoon to the meeting house, in order to exercice ourselves in ... 15 July 1787 Adams, John Quincy I attended meeting the whole day, and heard Mr. Everett of Dorchester. He prays well and ... 16 July 1787 Adams, John Quincy This morning at about 10 o'clock, in the midst of the rain, I mounted on horse-back and went ... 17 July 1787 Adams, John Quincy Breakfasted and dined with Mr. Andrews, in company with Mr. Thomson, who is studying law, ... 18 July 1787 Adams, John Quincy At about 11 o'clock the procession began from the door of Harvard. The succeeding Classes ... 19 July 1787 Adams, John Quincy Rose early this morning. ... 20 July 1787 Adams, John Quincy Very few of the Class remain yet in town. At about 11 I went with Willard, and took a cold ... 21 July 1787 Adams, John Quincy Pretty much fatigued, after all the business of the week. Charles and Tom came from ... 22 July 1787 Adams, John Quincy Staid at home from meeting the whole day, and was busily employ'd in writing; and yet have ... 23 July 1787 Adams, John Quincy Beale paid us a visit this forenoon, and dined with us all at Mr. Apthorp's: where we ... 24 July 1787 Adams, John Quincy Went out in the morning with young Quincy, and My brother Tom, on a shooting party: we went ... 25 July 1787 Adams, John Quincy Was all the forenoon again on the marshes, with my cousin and my brother Tom: Charles set ... 26 July 1787 Adams, John Quincy Employ'd myself the whole day in writing. Dr. Tufts was here in the forenoon. I am now ... 27 July 1787 Adams, John Quincy Wrote all the forenoon. In the afternoon I read a novel, which arrived from England by the ... 28 July 1787 Adams, John Quincy Writing all the forenoon. In the afternoon I went out, with my brother Tom, upon a shooting ... 29 July 1787 Adams, John Quincy Attended parson Wibird the whole day. He recommended very highly humility, or spiritual ... 30 July 1787 Adams, John Quincy Writing all day. Dr. Tufts was over here in the afternoon. Weather very cold; a fire in ...

[August 1787]

31 July 1787 Adams, John Quincy A cold north-east storm. ... 1 August 1787 Adams, John Quincy Tom set out this morning for Haverhill. I expected to be there before now; but one thing and ... 2 August 1787 Adams, John Quincy One of the Miss Greenleaf's and a married sister of her's dined here, and withal Miss ... 3 August 1787 Adams, John Quincy I went over to Milton this forenoon, and dined at General Warren's. I found my Class-mate ... 4 August 1787 Adams, John Quincy The weather was extremely warm, all the forenoon. ... 5 August 1787 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Wibird preach'd this day, upon two different subjects which for him, was something very ... 6 August 1787 Adams, John Quincy Down upon the water side, and along upon the marshes with my cousin all the forenoon, but we ... 7 August 1787 Adams, John Quincy My Cousin went to Boston in the morning, and did not return till night. I had an opportunity ... 8 August 1787 Adams, John Quincy This morning Emerson went to Hingham, and I walk'd over to Weymouth, and dined with Doctor ... 9 August 1787 Adams, John Quincy I breakfasted this morning with Mr. Andrews, and after breakfast called upon Jack Forbes; in ... 10 August 1787 Adams, John Quincy Spent the whole of the forenoon at Mr. Thaxter's office. Dined at Mr. Shaw's. In the ... 11 August 1787 Adams, John Quincy This forenoon, I took a ride with Mr. Shaw, to see my classmate Welch, who lives about four ... 12 August 1787 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Tappan, from Newbury preach'd here the whole day. Both his sermons were doctrinal, but ... 13 August 1787 Adams, John Quincy I intended to have gone this day to Newbury-Port, but the weather was so excessively warm, ... 14 August 1787 Adams, John Quincy It was so warm again this day, that I did not set out from Haverhill, till between 3 and 4 ... 15 August 1787 Adams, John Quincy In the forenoon I went to see Mr. Parsons, and inform'd him that I should probably attend at ... 16 August 1787 Adams, John Quincy I went again this forenoon to see Miss Jones, and offered to call in the afternoon and take ... 17 August 1787 Adams, John Quincy At home all the forenoon, reading Tom Jones, one of the best novels in the language. The ... 18 August 1787 Adams, John Quincy This forenoon I took a ride, with White, to see our class mate Eaton. We spent about an hour ... 19 August 1787 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Kimball preach'd a couple of practical discourses, the subjects of which I liked better ... 20 August 1787 Adams, John Quincy I had some thoughts of leaving Haverhill this morning; but it rain'd all the forenoon; and ... 21 August 1787 Adams, John Quincy Hazy weather again all the forenoon. ... 22 August 1787 Adams, John Quincy Dined at Judge Sargeant's, with Mr. and Mrs. Shaw. Mr. Porter and his lady are there upon a ... 23 August 1787 Adams, John Quincy I left Haverhill this morning at about 9 o'clock; and at 12 arrived at the tavern in ... 24 August 1787 Adams, John Quincy I lodg'd last night with Lincoln, the senior, whose chum was out of town. Breakfasted this ... 25 August 1787 Adams, John Quincy In the forenoon I went to Weymouth, to return Dr. Tufts's horse. Dined at the Doctor's, and ... 26 August 1787 Adams, John Quincy I did not attend meeting this day—Employ'd myself chiefly in reading and writing. Mr. Weld ... 27 August 1787 Adams, John Quincy I employ'd myself in the forenoon with making some necessary preparations before my final ... 28 August 1787 Adams, John Quincy Rode out in the morning with Mrs. Cranch. It rain'd hard all the afternoon—chilly north-east ... 29 August 1787 Adams, John Quincy Rain'd in the fore part of the day but cleared up in the afternoon: I went with my gun down ... 30 August 1787 Adams, John Quincy Staid at home the whole day. Doctor Tufts was here in the morning, on his road to Boston, ... 31 August 1787 Adams, John Quincy A very warm day. Rambling all the morning; I met a couple of french officers gunning on my ...

[September 1787]

1 September 1787 Adams, John Quincy Between 9 and 10 o'clock this morning I departed from Braintree with Mrs. Cranch: we got to ... 2 September 1787 Adams, John Quincy Attended meeting all day. Mr. Hilliard preach'd; much in the old way. The meeting house ... 3 September 1787 Adams, John Quincy I pass'd about an hour, before dinner with Mr. Winthrop, the late librarian. He is much of a ... 4 September 1787 Adams, John Quincy After breakfast I return'd to College, and on the way stopp'd at the President's. He was not ... 5 September 1787 Adams, John Quincy Took an early breakfast, and walk'd with Cranch to Cambridge. We got to Packard's chamber, ... 6 September 1787 Adams, John Quincy This morning after breakfasting with Mr. Andrews I walk'd leisurely to Boston. Just before I ... 7 September 1787 Adams, John Quincy At three in the morning I was roused, and got into the carriage in company with, a merchant ... 8 September 1787 Adams, John Quincy I arose in the morning quite refresh'd, and immediately after breakfast went and took my ... 9 September 1787 Adams, John Quincy I did not attend meeting this day for several reasons. At home the whole day; it was ... 10 September 1787 Adams, John Quincy Attended at the office the whole day. Continued Robertson. Thomson engaged this morning to ... 11 September 1787 Adams, John Quincy Thomson began his attendance upon the school this morning, and attended at the office, all ... 12 September 1787 Adams, John Quincy Training day for the alarm list. From 16 to 60 years the inhabitants of this Common-wealth, ... 13 September 1787 Adams, John Quincy Dined with Dr. Kilham at Mr. Carter's. This is a very friendly, obliging old gentleman, ... 14 September 1787 Adams, John Quincy The weather for this week past has been from day to day alternately very warm and very cold. ... 15 September 1787 Adams, John Quincy Dined with Townsend and Thomson at Mr. Parsons's. I finished this day the first volume of ... 16 September 1787 Adams, John Quincy I took a walk this morning as far as Dr. Tucker's meeting house; but it was to little ... 17 September 1787 Adams, John Quincy Three of us in the office were employ'd the whole day, in taking copies of the writs which ... 18 September 1787 Adams, John Quincy We had some more writing to do this forenoon. Mr. Parsons, went to Exeter, where the supreme ... 19 September 1787 Adams, John Quincy The equinoctial storm, which has been gathering in the heavens for a week past, has now ... 20 September 1787 Adams, John Quincy I expected this morning when I waked up, to hear the winds whistle and the tempests roar: ... 21 September 1787 Adams, John Quincy Quite still in the office this day. I read a good deal. ... 22 September 1787 Adams, John Quincy This forenoon I finish'd Vattel. The third book treats of War, and the fourth of Peace; much ... 23 September 1787 Adams, John Quincy Attended upon Mr. Carey the whole day. His manner is not very agreeable; but his stile is ... 24 September 1787 Adams, John Quincy Townsend went to Topsfield to hear a cause tried before a justice. Stedman has been hunting ... 25 September 1787 Adams, John Quincy I have given up all pretences to study any more this week. The Court of Common-pleas sits ... 26 September 1787 Adams, John Quincy Attended court the whole day. Little was done in the forenoon except calling over the cases. ... 27 September 1787 Adams, John Quincy The jury upon the case of Smith and Brown, gave their Verdict in favour of the Plaintiff, ... 28 September 1787 Adams, John Quincy I learnt this day that the bar determined last evening to abide by the rule, which they had ... 29 September 1787 Adams, John Quincy I attended at the office the whole day, and resumed Blackstone, whom for three or four days, ... 30 September 1787 Adams, John Quincy Although I had not last night, been guilty of an excess so far as to be intoxicated, yet I ...

[October 1787]

1 October 1787 Adams, John Quincy I have not yet got over the consequences of our frolick on Saturday evening. Three whole ... 2 October 1787 Adams, John Quincy I have at length recovered my usual tone, and have been able this day to attend to business ... 3 October 1787 Adams, John Quincy Continued in the first volume of Blackstone. In the course of my reading this day; I came ... 4 October 1787 Adams, John Quincy I this day concluded the first volume of my author: and employ'd all the afternoon in ... 5 October 1787 Adams, John Quincy After writing a few lines in my common place book, I took the second volume, of Blackstone, ... 6 October 1787 Adams, John Quincy I alter'd my plans of study, and determined to copy forms in the day time because, I can do ... 7 October 1787 Adams, John Quincy I attended at Mr. Carey's meeting, all day. In the forenoon he was quite severe upon all ... 8 October 1787 Adams, John Quincy Attended at the office; and wrote diligently, all day. Cold weather coming on apace. Thomson ... 9 October 1787 Adams, John Quincy I received a short letter from W. Cranch. ... 10 October 1787 Adams, John Quincy A very fine day. Amory and Townsend with a number of other lads went out of town this ... 11 October 1787 Adams, John Quincy This afternoon I took a ride with Dr. Kilham, as far as Newtown to see Mr. Dalton, but ... 12 October 1787 Adams, John Quincy The day pass'd as usual, except, that I had some political chat with Mr. Parsons. He favours ... 13 October 1787 Adams, John Quincy Captain Wyer was in the office this afternoon, a couple of hours; very zealous for the new ... 14 October 1787 Adams, John Quincy I wrote two long letters this day. One to J. Forbes, and the other to W. Cranch. Went with ... 15 October 1787 Adams, John Quincy Rather dissipated the whole day. Could not study with proper attention, and indeed gave the ... 16 October 1787 Adams, John Quincy We rose at about nine o'clock. Dr. Kilham, was just going to take his seat in the Stage for ... 17 October 1787 Adams, John Quincy This day a regiment of foot, and a troop of about 60 horse-men paraded, and were review'd by ... 18 October 1787 Adams, John Quincy We dined this day at Mr. Bartlett's. Captain Wier, was there, and Miss S. McKinstry, who is ... 19 October 1787 Adams, John Quincy W. Cranch, and the two young ladies set off this morning for Boston. The weather is much ... 20 October 1787 Adams, John Quincy I was more attentive at the office than I expected to be between two sallies. I had ... 21 October 1787 Adams, John Quincy I attended Mr. Carey in the forenoon, and went with Putnam to hear Dr. Tucker in the ... 22 October 1787 Adams, John Quincy The weather yesterday did not look promising, but is this day very clear, and for the season ... 23 October 1787 Adams, John Quincy Rose at about 8 this morning, and felt no inconveniency from the scene of yesterday. ... 24 October 1787 Adams, John Quincy At about 10 this morning I set off for Hingham. Mr. Thaxter and Miss Duncan, went somewhat ... 25 October 1787 Adams, John Quincy The town is not so much crowded this day; as it was yesterday. That Class of people which is ... 26 October 1787 Adams, John Quincy We went and escorted a number of ladies to the packet: and by eleven o'clock, almost all the ... 27 October 1787 Adams, John Quincy Judge Sargeant, went away this forenoon proceeding on his way to Cambridge. ... 28 October 1787 Adams, John Quincy I attended upon Mr. Wibird in the forenoon. And pass'd the afternoon down at my father's ... 29 October 1787 Adams, John Quincy At about 10. o'clock Mr. Thaxter came in from Hingham on his way to Boston: he stay'd but a ... 30 October 1787 Adams, John Quincy Sauntered about town, the chief part of the day: attended in the gallery of the house of ... 31 October 1787 Adams, John Quincy Saw Charles in Boston, on his way to Cambridge, as the vacation closes this day. At about ...

Undated

[November 1787]

1 November 1787 Adams, John Quincy I attended in the morning, and in the afternoon at the setting of the supreme Court. Judge ... 2 November 1787 Adams, John Quincy I breakfasted this morning with Stedman. A number of the lawyers were there; rather nettled ... 3 November 1787 Adams, John Quincy Between 8 and 9 this morning, I cross'd Charlestown, and Maiden bridges. I rode, as far as ... 4 November 1787 Adams, John Quincy I was so much fatigued in consequence of my yesterday's ride that I did not attend meeting. ... 5 November 1787 Adams, John Quincy I attended at the Office. Amory was there. Return'd yesterday from Salem. Townsend went to ... 6 November 1787 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Parsons went this morning to Salem, where the supreme Court sits this week. I pass'd ... 7 November 1787 Adams, John Quincy Quite industrious this day in copying forms. Alone in the office a great part of the day. ... 8 November 1787 Adams, John Quincy Finished my book of forms, and wrote an index to them. So that henceforth, I shall be able ... 9 November 1787 Adams, John Quincy Amory went to Salem this afternoon. They have a ball there this evening, said to be given to ... 10 November 1787 Adams, John Quincy Attended at the office as usual, and read Blackstone: passed the evening with Putnam at his ... 11 November 1787 Adams, John Quincy Attended meeting, with Townsend, the whole day at Dr. Tucker's: much pleased with this ... 12 November 1787 Adams, John Quincy I had some writing, which I wished to do this day, and I therefore did not attend at the ... 13 November 1787 Adams, John Quincy Williams set out this morning for Cambridge. I at length got me some wood, and had a fire in ... 14 November 1787 Adams, John Quincy I find I am getting fast into the same unmeaning dull sameness, which has frequently ... 15 November 1787 Adams, John Quincy Amory, and Thompson went upon a dancing party yesterday. They invited me to join them, but I ... 16 November 1787 Adams, John Quincy I finished the second volume of Blackstone, and began upon the third which treats of private ... 17 November 1787 Adams, John Quincy I set out for Haverhill between 3 and 4. this afternoon, and arrived at Mr. White's, a ... 18 November 1787 Adams, John Quincy In the forenoon I attended at Mr. Smith's meeting: he preaches without notes, and like all ... 19 November 1787 Adams, John Quincy I lodg'd at Mr. White's again last night; went this morning up to Mr. Shaw's and past an ... 20 November 1787 Adams, John Quincy Proceed slowly in the third volume of Blackstone. As this is the most important author of ... 21 November 1787 Adams, John Quincy I this morning requested of Mr. Parsons his opinion, whether it would be most advantageous ... 22 November 1787 Adams, John Quincy Weather remarkably mild for the Season: I have been rather unwell for a week or 10 days ... 23 November 1787 Adams, John Quincy The events of the day were quite uninteresting. I had however an opportunity to observe the ... 24 November 1787 Adams, John Quincy I went in the forenoon, and exhibited my complaints to Dr. Swett, but he told me, they were ... 25 November 1787 Adams, John Quincy I thought I was too unwell to pass two hours in a cold meeting house this forenoon, and ... 26 November 1787 Adams, John Quincy I took an additional cold, yesterday, and am still more unwell than I have been. I pass'd ... 27 November 1787 Adams, John Quincy Better than I have been for these ten days past: all the time again at the office, or at my ... 28 November 1787 Adams, John Quincy Finished the third volume of Blackstone, and began upon the fourth, which is upon public ... 29 November 1787 Adams, John Quincy Thanksgiving day: between 8 and 9 o'clock this morning I set out for Haverhill and got to Mr.... 30 November 1787 Adams, John Quincy I passed the forenoon with Leonard, who has been making two or three unsuccessful attempts ...

[December 1787]

1 December 1787 Adams, John Quincy I dined at Mr. White's; after dinner I went to Mr. Shaw's, stay'd about an hour, and just ... 2 December 1787 Adams, John Quincy I attended Mr. Carey's meeting this afternoon, and in the evening I went to Mr. Carter's. ... 3 December 1787 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Moore breakfasted with us. Mr. Parsons is quite unwell, and has been so for two or three ... 4 December 1787 Adams, John Quincy White returned this morning to Haverhill. At the office all day. Mr. Parsons still very ... 5 December 1787 Adams, John Quincy I pass'd the evening with Little and Townsend at Miss Cazneau's. We play'd Commerce, and ... 6 December 1787 Adams, John Quincy Spent the evening with Thompson and Little, at Putnam's lodgings. We conversed upon a ... 7 December 1787 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Parsons, has recovered in a great measure from his illness: so that he was the chief ... 8 December 1787 Adams, John Quincy Amory went to Ipswich this afternoon. He cannot yet get entirely over his old habits. He ... 9 December 1787 Adams, John Quincy Attended Dr. Tucker's meeting in the forenoon. He gave us an excellent sermon upon the story ... 10 December 1787 Adams, John Quincy This forenoon Townsend, sat off for Boston. Mr. Parsons intended to have gone likewise, as ... 11 December 1787 Adams, John Quincy Reading Blackstone all day; and I pass'd the evening, at the office till eight: after which ... 12 December 1787 Adams, John Quincy This day I finished reading the fourth and last volume of Blackstone's Commentaries. This is ... 13 December 1787 Adams, John Quincy The repetition of the same events, from day to day, is the only variety which can supply ... 14 December 1787 Adams, John Quincy I was about an hour with Dr. Kilham at his shop, Immediately after dinner; I took up one of ... 15 December 1787 Adams, John Quincy A violent North-west wind, blew, the whole day, but we have no snow yet. Dined with Amory at ... 16 December 1787 Adams, John Quincy I waited upon Parson Cary this forenoon, in expectation of much edification; but he gave us ... 17 December 1787 Adams, John Quincy I have continued reading in Sullivan's lectures. The book is entertaining, and the author so ... 18 December 1787 Adams, John Quincy Passed the day at the office; Townsend and Thompson were there in the evening. ... 19 December 1787 Adams, John Quincy I spent my time this day, in the same manner that I did the two last. I came home to my ... 20 December 1787 Adams, John Quincy The cold weather appears to be for setting in seriously; and indeed it is high time that it ... 21 December 1787 Adams, John Quincy I read through Wright's short treatise upon the feudal tenures. I found nothing in it, but ... 22 December 1787 Adams, John Quincy I pass'd the day as usual at the office; but there was scarce a half an hour at a Time, ... 23 December 1787 Adams, John Quincy I went this forenoon to hear Parson Murray preach. He expatiated somewhat largely upon the ... 24 December 1787 Adams, John Quincy Began upon Coke-Littleton, and read about a dozen pages. Pass'd about an hour in the evening ... 25 December 1787 Adams, John Quincy Christmas day. Parson Bass, preached a sermon, but I did not go to hear him. I dined with ... 26 December 1787 Adams, John Quincy Office as usual. Dr. Kilham, returned to Town this evening. I passed an hour or two with Mr. ... 27 December 1787 Adams, John Quincy St John's Day. An entertainment for the Society of free-Masons. ... 28 December 1787 Adams, John Quincy We rose, between ten and eleven in the forenoon. Little took a breakfast with me; after ... 29 December 1787 Adams, John Quincy Not entirely recovered yet from the fatigue of Thursday night, but could in some measure ... 30 December 1787 Adams, John Quincy Attending meeting the whole day at Mr. Carey's. Dined at Mr. Hooper's in company with Mr. ... 31 December 1787 Adams, John Quincy In the Evening I went with Townsend, to see Miss Cazneau, and to fulfill a promise, of ...

1788

[January 1788]

1 January 1788 Adams, John Quincy Pass'd the day and evening at the office. Read at my own lodgings till one o'clock in the ... 2 January 1788 Adams, John Quincy In the beginning of the evening, Putnam called at our office, and invited me to go with him ... 3 January 1788 Adams, John Quincy Pass'd the evening at Little's in Newbury. A Mr. Coffin, who graduated two years ago, at ... 4 January 1788 Adams, John Quincy Nothing—It would be a fine theme to expatiate upon. It has been well expatiated on. When I ... 5 January 1788 Adams, John Quincy I have this week been reading Cecilia, a novel of some reputation; it was written by a Lady, ... 6 January 1788 Adams, John Quincy Heard Mr. Carey preach two sermons this day; but the weather was very cold. In the afternoon ... 7 January 1788 Adams, John Quincy In the beginning of the evening I wrote a Letter to W. Cranch requesting of him an ... 8 January 1788 Adams, John Quincy It snow'd all the forenoon; but as the weather kept continually moderating, in the afternoon ... 9 January 1788 Adams, John Quincy This day our State convention is to meet in Boston for the purpose of assenting to and ... 10 January 1788 Adams, John Quincy Between eleven and twelve Mr. Parsons, went for Boston; Amory goes with him in a Chaise as ... 11 January 1788 Adams, John Quincy From the office this afternoon I went with Townsend to his lodgings, and there past a couple ... 12 January 1788 Adams, John Quincy Saturday evening. I was as usual, all the evening at my own lodgings: I spent my time in ... 13 January 1788 Adams, John Quincy This morning Townsend called on me; and invited me to go and hear Parson Tucker. We met ... 14 January 1788 Adams, John Quincy Last night Mr. Parsons' family was increased by an additional daughter; Mrs. Parsons as well ... 15 January 1788 Adams, John Quincy After passing the day as usual at the office, Townsend, came spent the evening and supp'd ... 16 January 1788 Adams, John Quincy It snow'd all the forenoon; but the weather continued moderating and in the afternoon, a ... 17 January 1788 Adams, John Quincy Putnam called at our office this forenoon, and return'd Sullivan's Lectures, which he ... 18 January 1788 Adams, John Quincy This afternoon I wrote a couple of letters to send by Mr. Atkins, who goes to Boston ... 19 January 1788 Adams, John Quincy At home all the evening. Master Moody, called to see me; “Don't you think said he, that I am ... 20 January 1788 Adams, John Quincy I attended at Parson Carey's meeting. We had two Sermons, in continuation of a subject upon ... 21 January 1788 Adams, John Quincy I began upon the third book of the first part of the Institutes and read a few pages as ... 22 January 1788 Adams, John Quincy This afternoon, Leonard White called on me; and sat about half an hour. He came from ... 23 January 1788 Adams, John Quincy I took a violent cold by our party last night, and as I felt rather unwell, and extremely ... 24 January 1788 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Atkins returned from Boston, but brought me no letters which is somewhat surprizing to ... 25 January 1788 Adams, John Quincy Leonard White came from Haverhill again yesterday and called to see me this morning. He ... 26 January 1788 Adams, John Quincy At home as usual all the evening. Read a little in Gibbon; wrote in the same slavish way as ... 27 January 1788 Adams, John Quincy Heard Parson Carey, the whole day. In the forenoon he was intolerably lengthy, as the ... 28 January 1788 Adams, John Quincy Mrs. Hooper's family are in great distress. Ben, was brought home dead, last night between ... 29 January 1788 Adams, John Quincy It snow'd part of the forenoon; then turn'd to rain, and after making the streets very ... 30 January 1788 Adams, John Quincy I went up to the office, in the morning, and sat a couple of hours; but I felt restless and ... 31 January 1788 Adams, John Quincy The weather somewhat cold. My brothers dined with me and between 3 and 4 o'clock, we all set ...

[February 1788]

1 February 1788 Adams, John Quincy Pass'd a great part of the fore noon at Mr. Thaxter's. He is now quite in the family way: he ... 2 February 1788 Adams, John Quincy I dined with Walker at Mr. Thaxter's. My brother's both dined at Mr. White's. In the ... 3 February 1788 Adams, John Quincy I attended meeting twice this day. Mr. Shaw as usual had company in the evening. I conversed ... 4 February 1788 Adams, John Quincy This morning between seven and eight o'clock my brothers set out to return to Braintree and ... 5 February 1788 Adams, John Quincy The weather this day has been extreme cold: I have not experienced the severity of the ... 6 February 1788 Adams, John Quincy The weather has moderated very considerably. In the evening, I walked with Thompson and ... 7 February 1788 Adams, John Quincy This day at about noon, the news arrived in this Town, that the federal Constitution, was ... 8 February 1788 Adams, John Quincy This afternoon the delegates from Newbury, and from this town, returned home from Convention.... 9 February 1788 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Parsons gave me this morning a packet of Letters, which I have been expecting these five ... 10 February 1788 Adams, John Quincy I went with Townsend in the forenoon to hear Parson Tucker; he gave us an excellent ... 11 February 1788 Adams, John Quincy We have had this day very little studying in the office. Mr. Parsons is so fond of telling ... 12 February 1788 Adams, John Quincy In the beginning of the evening I called upon Mr. Hutchinson, and look'd over his music: he ... 13 February 1788 Adams, John Quincy This afternoon I had something of a long conversation upon the subject of the ball, which is ... 14 February 1788 Adams, John Quincy I attended at the office only in the forenoon; the after part of the day being employ'd in ... 15 February 1788 Adams, John Quincy We indulged ourselves this morning till almost twelve o'clock before we rose. ... 16 February 1788 Adams, John Quincy The most violent snow storm, that has appeared in the course of the winter, it began in the ... 17 February 1788 Adams, John Quincy Parson Carey is very sick; and consequently we had no meeting: so I staid at home; wrote a ... 18 February 1788 Adams, John Quincy After passing the day at the Office, I went and pass'd the evening at Mrs. Hooper's. ... 19 February 1788 Adams, John Quincy Called upon Putnam after leaving the office, and passed the evening at his lodgings: I have ... 20 February 1788 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Parsons went yesterday to Boston, to attend the supreme Judicial Court. ... 21 February 1788 Adams, John Quincy Mrs. Emery and her daughter were going to Exeter this morning in a single sleigh. Dr. Kilham ... 22 February 1788 Adams, John Quincy I attended to hear the debates in convention again, this forenoon. Mr. Langdon began by ... 23 February 1788 Adams, John Quincy When I went to the office this morning I found young Pickman of Salem there. I was ... 24 February 1788 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Carey is still very sick, and we had no divine service this day at his meeting. I again ... 25 February 1788 Adams, John Quincy Pass'd the evening at Merrill's, with Mr. Hutchinson: and had some very agreeable musical ... 26 February 1788 Adams, John Quincy This forenoon while I was at the office I received a billet from Mr. Dalton, with an ... 27 February 1788 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Hutchinson sailed yesterday for Ireland. The weather for several days past has been ... 28 February 1788 Adams, John Quincy The severity of the weather has been increasing, and is this night but little inferior to ... 29 February 1788 Adams, John Quincy A number of us spent the evening at Dr. Swett's. I play'd on the flute, an hour or so. ...

[March 1788]

1 March 1788 Adams, John Quincy The weather is very severe: The month comes in like a Lion, and according to the farmer's ... 2 March 1788 Adams, John Quincy We had no meeting at Parson Carey's. I was employ'd in writing all the forenoon; but after ... 3 March 1788 Adams, John Quincy The weather continues extreme cold. The river is fast as low as this Town, and many persons ... 4 March 1788 Adams, John Quincy Doctor Kilham, went to Boston this day to attend the general court. His opposition to the ... 5 March 1788 Adams, John Quincy I pass'd the evening with Thompson and Putnam at Mr. Bradbury's. Frank came from Boston this ... 6 March 1788 Adams, John Quincy We met in the evening at Putnam's chamber. I did not pass my time so agreeably as I usually ... 7 March 1788 Adams, John Quincy The weather begins to abate of its severity; yet people cross'd the river on the ice all ... 8 March 1788 Adams, John Quincy I this day got through, my folio of Lord Coke, which has been hanging heavy upon me, these ... 9 March 1788 Adams, John Quincy Parson Carey got out to meeting this forenoon; but he was still so weak, that the effort was ... 10 March 1788 Adams, John Quincy Pass'd the evening and supped with Thompson at Dr. Sawyer's. Mr. Russell was there: he came ... 11 March 1788 Adams, John Quincy Townsend and Pickman, returned, this afternoon from Salem. Townsend, has been on to Boston ... 12 March 1788 Adams, John Quincy I Dined with Townsend at Mrs. Hooper's. Amory went to Portsmouth on Monday, with several of ... 13 March 1788 Adams, John Quincy Thompson, Pickman and Little, pass'd the eve at my lodgings: Townsend, was so unwell, that ... 14 March 1788 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Parsons return'd this afternoon from Boston, where the supreme judicial Court, and the ... 15 March 1788 Adams, John Quincy I called this evening at Putnam's lodgings, and pass'd an hour or two with him. He went home ... 16 March 1788 Adams, John Quincy In the forenoon I attended at Mr. Carey's meeting. The man that appeared in the pulpit I ... 17 March 1788 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Parsons held a court this forenoon at ten; and at the same hour I attended at Mr. ... 18 March 1788 Adams, John Quincy I am sinking again into the same insipidity which I have so often lamented. The ... 19 March 1788 Adams, John Quincy The weather was dull, gloomy, and part of the day rainy. Amory invited me to dine with him ... 20 March 1788 Adams, John Quincy We met this evening at Thompson's. Pickman came; but rather late in the evening. Young ... 21 March 1788 Adams, John Quincy I can read tolerably well when I am alone in the office, and make as much progress in one ... 22 March 1788 Adams, John Quincy Amory and Stacey, return'd from their expedition: They got to Cape-Ann at about twelve on ... 23 March 1788 Adams, John Quincy Pickman had agreed to go with me, and hear Parson Tucker preach this forenoon; but some ... 24 March 1788 Adams, John Quincy I attended at Mr. Atkins's Court; and appeared to the actions. Mr. Marquand who had been ... 25 March 1788 Adams, John Quincy Copies of all the actions which are to be entered at the next Court of Common Pleas were ... 26 March 1788 Adams, John Quincy I took a long walk, this afternoon with Putnam, and as we came back we stop'd at Mrs. ... 27 March 1788 Adams, John Quincy I went with Pickman, Amory Stacey and Putnam to Salisbury, to see a vessel launch'd: She ... 28 March 1788 Adams, John Quincy The weather was pleasant. Townsend rode, this day. I pass'd the evening with him: and found ... 29 March 1788 Adams, John Quincy I received two or three Letters for Little, and after finishing the day at the office, I ... 30 March 1788 Adams, John Quincy Parson Toppan of Newtown preach'd at our meeting this day. I attended all day and was very ... 31 March 1788 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Parsons held a Justice's Court for the trial of a trifling action of trover and ...

[April 1788]

1 April 1788 Adams, John Quincy The Court sits this day at Ipswich. Mr. Parsons went in the afternoon, I dined with him. ... 2 April 1788 Adams, John Quincy This day Townsend and Amory finally left us and were to be sworn in to the Court of ... 3 April 1788 Adams, John Quincy Thompson went yesterday morning to Ipswich and returned last evening. I dined with him to ... 4 April 1788 Adams, John Quincy The weather has been rather disagreeable this day. ... 5 April 1788 Adams, John Quincy Rain'd again a great part of the day. Putnam pass'd the evening at my lodgings. We conversed ... 6 April 1788 Adams, John Quincy A Parson Allen preach'd this day for Mr. Carey. I went to hear him in the forenoon. His ... 7 April 1788 Adams, John Quincy I went with Thompson, to Mr. Atkins's, to answer to an action which we had brought before ... 8 April 1788 Adams, John Quincy Pickman returned last evening from Salem. The votes in that Town, and in several others from ... 9 April 1788 Adams, John Quincy Dined with Pickman and Thompson, at Mr. Parsons's upon Salmon, which begin now to be caught ... 10 April 1788 Adams, John Quincy From the divers interruptions which we met with in the course of the day, we did but little ... 11 April 1788 Adams, John Quincy I set out with Pickman this morning at about nine o'clock: the weather was clear though ... 12 April 1788 Adams, John Quincy In the forenoon I went down, and spent a couple of hours with Mr. Thaxter: the rest of the ... 13 April 1788 Adams, John Quincy Attended meeting all day. Dined at Mr. Thaxter's with Mr. J. Duncan. And in the afternoon, ... 14 April 1788 Adams, John Quincy I met with several impediments in the morning so that it was eleven o'clock before I cross'd ... 15 April 1788 Adams, John Quincy The weather was quite disagreeable, for exhibition; in consequence of which there was but ... 16 April 1788 Adams, John Quincy Breakfasted at Judge Dana's. Doctor Waterhouse came, in and entertained us for some time ... 17 April 1788 Adams, John Quincy Fast day. In the forenoon I remained at home, and spent my time in writing and reading. In ... 18 April 1788 Adams, John Quincy A cold north east storm, confined us to the house all day. I read a few pages in one of ... 19 April 1788 Adams, John Quincy The weather has been rather better this day than it was yesterday. I went with both my ... 20 April 1788 Adams, John Quincy I pass'd the forenoon at home in writing. In the afternoon, I attended meeting and heard Mr. ... 21 April 1788 Adams, John Quincy We were again confined all day to the house, by the badness of the weather. Mr. Cranch ... 22 April 1788 Adams, John Quincy I took a ride in the forenoon with W. Cranch. Mr. Cranch came home from Boston, and brought ... 23 April 1788 Adams, John Quincy The weather was so disagreeable, that Mr. Norton gave up the thoughts of going to Menotomy, ... 24 April 1788 Adams, John Quincy Charles went to Boston this morning, and brought me back some letters from Europe. I went in ... 25 April 1788 Adams, John Quincy I left Braintree between 9 and 10. and stoppd, about half an hour at Genl. Warren's, he was ... 26 April 1788 Adams, John Quincy Between five and six this morning, I left the judge's house, with Mr. Andrews who is going ... 27 April 1788 Adams, John Quincy I attended meeting all day, and heard Mr. Andrews. He speaks very well, and his composition ... 28 April 1788 Adams, John Quincy Dull weather. Wind Northeast. It began to rain a little after noon, and continued all the ... 29 April 1788 Adams, John Quincy The weather this day was tolerable. I went in the evening with Thompson to Captain Coombs's, ... 30 April 1788 Adams, John Quincy Very agreeable weather. After we had done at the office, I took a long walk with Thompson. ...

[May 1788]

1 May 1788 Adams, John Quincy Pickman returned this afternoon from Salem. The Club were in the evening at my room: Young ... 2 May 1788 Adams, John Quincy After passing the day at the Office, I stroll'd with Pickman, as far as Sawyer's tavern, ... 3 May 1788 Adams, John Quincy I this day got through the 4th. volume of Blackstone's Commentaries a second time, and I ... 4 May 1788 Adams, John Quincy I heard Mr. Andrews preach, his sermons were both very short; but better I think than those ... 5 May 1788 Adams, John Quincy I began this morning at the Office upon Foster's Crown Law, a book admirably written I am ... 6 May 1788 Adams, John Quincy In the beginning of the evening, I took a walk with Pickman, up to Mrs. Atkins's. We found ... 7 May 1788 Adams, John Quincy The weather was very fine; I took a long walk in the evening with Thompson and Putnam. ... 8 May 1788 Adams, John Quincy The town met this afternoon to make choice of representatives for the ensuing year. Jonan. ... 9 May 1788 Adams, John Quincy Violent North-east storm, all day. ... 10 May 1788 Adams, John Quincy The storm continued all this day, and rather with increasing violence. Thompson and I again ... 11 May 1788 Adams, John Quincy I attended meeting to hear Parson Barnard of Salem. He gave us two very excellent Sermons. ... 12 May 1788 Adams, John Quincy I have been quite unwell, these two or three days past; a disorder recurs with which I have ... 13 May 1788 Adams, John Quincy I took a walk with Pickman up to Sawyer's tavern, and drank tea there. The evenings are now ... 14 May 1788 Adams, John Quincy I walk'd with Thompson up to Mrs. Atkins's. The old Lady is gone to Boston to spend a ... 15 May 1788 Adams, John Quincy Club met this evening at Pickman's. All there but Little, who is going through the small pox.... 16 May 1788 Adams, John Quincy Took a walk after leaving the office, with Thompson and Putnam. We were for calling in at Mr.... 17 May 1788 Adams, John Quincy Dined at Judge Greenleaf's with Pickman and Thompson. Two Miss Dalton's were there; and Miss ... 18 May 1788 Adams, John Quincy Mr. McKeen of Beverley preached at Mr. Carey's this day. I attended to hear him. His ... 19 May 1788 Adams, John Quincy Began upon the second book of Hawkins. The first treats of all offences, against the public; ... 20 May 1788 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Parsons had the frame of his House raised, and was consequently very busy. Walk'd with ... 21 May 1788 Adams, John Quincy I walk'd with Pickman in the evening to Sawyer's; where we drank tea; and made it almost ten ... 22 May 1788 Adams, John Quincy I was up before eight, and had not slept well, even the short Time I was in bed; I felt ... 23 May 1788 Adams, John Quincy Continual North east winds have prevailed for a week past. This evening, I past, with ... 24 May 1788 Adams, John Quincy Pickman went to Salem this morning. In the evening, I took a long walk with Thompson, down ... 25 May 1788 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Webber preach'd here, for Mr. Andrews; and I was much pleased with his discourses. They ... 26 May 1788 Adams, John Quincy In the afternoon, I took a walk with Thompson, to see Little. He has the small pox full, ... 27 May 1788 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Jackson, sent one of his sons to inform me, that he heard last evening at Beverly, that ... 28 May 1788 Adams, John Quincy Election Day. And there is not a poor Devil, who has lost his election, in the Commonwealth, ... 29 May 1788 Adams, John Quincy Club at Thompson's this evening. Putnam inform'd us, he must leave us at a quarter before ... 30 May 1788 Adams, John Quincy I called this morning at Mr. Bradbury's office, and affronted Putnam by rallying him upon ... 31 May 1788 Adams, John Quincy Finished, this forenoon with Hawkins. Dined at Mr. N. Carter's. As did Mr. Farnham and ...

[June 1788]

1 June 1788 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Allen preached for us this day; and I attended to hear him. His Sermons are judicious ... 2 June 1788 Adams, John Quincy Pickman returned this day from Salem, where he has been for ten days past. ... 3 June 1788 Adams, John Quincy I walk'd with Thompson a mile or two in Newbury. The prospects on that road are delightful; ... 4 June 1788 Adams, John Quincy Walk'd into Newbury in the evening with Thompson; and we returned through Joppé, by a ... 5 June 1788 Adams, John Quincy We met in the evening at Stacey's lodgings. Putnam was not present. At about seven we ... 6 June 1788 Adams, John Quincy In the forenoon I sent my letter to Putnam, and in about an hour received the following ... 7 June 1788 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Parsons came home from Boston this evening; where he has been attending at the general ... 8 June 1788 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Webster from Salisbury preached for us this day: a venerable old gentleman who has been ... 9 June 1788 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Parsons had so much information to give every one who came into the office this day ... 10 June 1788 Adams, John Quincy Stroll'd a mile or two with Pickman: he has the appearance of a true and faithful Lover, and ... 11 June 1788 Adams, John Quincy I walk'd this evening with Stacey. The weather was very beautiful, and we proposed to form a ... 12 June 1788 Adams, John Quincy Townsend arrived in town this forenoon: I called at Mrs. Hooper's to see him immediately ... 13 June 1788 Adams, John Quincy Townsend, and one or two more of my friends dined with me this day. He went in the afternoon ... 14 June 1788 Adams, John Quincy Finished reading in Wood's Institutes; a book which has been rendered almost useless by the ... 15 June 1788 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Allen preach'd; and as usual delivered a good Sermon, in a very bad manner. After ... 16 June 1788 Adams, John Quincy Townsend intended to have set away this morning; to go to Medfield; but the weather was so ... 17 June 1788 Adams, John Quincy Townsend left Town this morning, but as the wind soon got easterly, I imagine he did not go ... 18 June 1788 Adams, John Quincy I went to the Office in the forenoon; but found myself incapacitated to do any thing, and ... 19 June 1788 Adams, John Quincy The Stage was full from Portsmouth and consequently I could not obtain a seat. I could not ... 20 June 1788 Adams, John Quincy I was up early in the morning, and mounted my horse at about seven. It was ten when I got ... 21 June 1788 Adams, John Quincy The weather was very warm. I went down to my uncle Quincy's, and from thence on the shore. ... 22 June 1788 Adams, John Quincy Parson Wibird preached in his usual dull unanimated strain. Of late indeed he has lost it is ... 23 June 1788 Adams, John Quincy A second lighter came up this day with things from the ship. We were very busy in unpacking ... 24 June 1788 Adams, John Quincy This day we got so far in order as to make a home of the house. I dined at my uncle Cranch's.... 25 June 1788 Adams, John Quincy This afternoon Mr. and Mrs. Shaw came in from Haverhill; they found us still in great ... 26 June 1788 Adams, John Quincy We all dined at Mr. Cranch's. Charles came from Cambridge to spend a day or two with us. I ... 27 June 1788 Adams, John Quincy The day was spent like the preceding ones. There was some company here in the afternoon. I ... 28 June 1788 Adams, John Quincy Mrs. Welch and Betsey Smith came from Boston this morning; we all went to Weymouth and dined ... 29 June 1788 Adams, John Quincy I attended at meeting and heard Mr. Wibird. The weather was rather dull and somewhat sultry. ... 30 June 1788 Adams, John Quincy Mr. and Mrs. Shaw return'd to Haverhill this morning: and this day I finished unpacking the ...

[July 1788]

1 July 1788 Adams, John Quincy It was nine o'clock before I could get away from Braintree this morning, and I arrived at ... 2 July 1788 Adams, John Quincy The weather was extremely warm. I amused myself part of the day in reading, and part in ... 3 July 1788 Adams, John Quincy Between nine and ten I went with my father from Braintree. We got into Cambridge at about ... 4 July 1788 Adams, John Quincy We left Cambridge by nine o'clock, and got into Boston in the midst of the bustle. We went ... 5 July 1788 Adams, John Quincy We called this morning at Dr. Welch's, and at Mr. Guild's; but left town at about ten ... 6 July 1788 Adams, John Quincy The weather was rather disagreeable in the morning, and Mrs. Warren was disposed to stay and ... 7 July 1788 Adams, John Quincy W. Cranch went to Boston this morning; and I suppose, I shall have but very little of his ... 8 July 1788 Adams, John Quincy I past the greater part of the day in gunning, with my brothers. The weather was as it has ... 9 July 1788 Adams, John Quincy Doctor Leonard came here in the morning: this gentleman came as a passenger with Callahan. ... 10 July 1788 Adams, John Quincy George Warren came over from Milton this forenoon, and paid us a visit. He opened an office ... 11 July 1788 Adams, John Quincy This day completes my twenty first year; It emancipates me from the yoke of paternal ... 12 July 1788 Adams, John Quincy In the diverse amusements of reading, of shooting birds, and playing upon our flutes we past ... 13 July 1788 Adams, John Quincy Weather still extremely warm. I heard Parson Wibird. Mr. Q. Thaxter was at meeting in the ... 14 July 1788 Adams, John Quincy Ben Beale came from Taunton this morning; he did not stop, but promised to come and see us ... 15 July 1788 Adams, John Quincy Mr. West went away this morning; My Father and my brother Charles, went to Boston; whence ... 16 July 1788 Adams, John Quincy Commencement day. I mounted my horse, somewhat early, and arrived at Cambridge by nine ... 17 July 1788 Adams, John Quincy The young gentlemen who graduated yesterday were. ... 18 July 1788 Adams, John Quincy Upon the warmest day we have had this Summer I was obliged to go to Boston, upon a hard ... 19 July 1788 Adams, John Quincy I was considerably fatigued by my jaunt of yesterday, but made out however to read ... 20 July 1788 Adams, John Quincy I tarried at home this forenoon, in order to write a Letter to my Sister. In the afternoon I ... 21 July 1788 Adams, John Quincy This morning I left Braintree in company with my brother Tom, who was going to Haverhill; ... 22 July 1788 Adams, John Quincy I went to see Leonard White this forenoon. His father has been unwell for some days past. ... 23 July 1788 Adams, John Quincy I had almost promised Mr. Thaxter to wait till the afternoon; but as there was an appearance ... 24 July 1788 Adams, John Quincy I returned, and once more took my seat in the office: but did little this forenoon. Thompson ... 25 July 1788 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Andrews came to town last night, and called to see us at the office this forenoon. They ... 26 July 1788 Adams, John Quincy I went to pay a visit to Mrs. Hooper: but disappointed her by having no news from her son ... 27 July 1788 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Andrews preached for us this day; and was somewhat longer than usual to the great ... 28 July 1788 Adams, John Quincy I finished reading Bacon's pleas and pleading: but the subject is so knotty that I must at ... 29 July 1788 Adams, John Quincy After spending the day as usual, I walk'd with Stacey and Putnam. After going some way into ... 30 July 1788 Adams, John Quincy This afternoon Mr. Cutler called at our office, and perswaded me to ride with him up to Mr. ... 31 July 1788 Adams, John Quincy I amuse myself in reading Junius's letters; which though the factious productions of a ...

[August 1788]

1 August 1788 Adams, John Quincy The day was spent in the usual uninteresting manner: indeed it may be generally observed ... 2 August 1788 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Farnham proposed to me this morning to join a party, which was formed to go in the ... 3 August 1788 Adams, John Quincy I heard Mr. Andrews preach. About as long as he was last Sunday. I think he is gaining ... 4 August 1788 Adams, John Quincy Blackstone still furnishes me with employment for my forenoon hours; and I this day took up ... 5 August 1788 Adams, John Quincy This forenoon A Doctor Young came to our office, for a writ against a number of insurgents. ... 6 August 1788 Adams, John Quincy Putnam went last week to Danvers, and return'd this forenoon. He brought me a Letter, which ... 7 August 1788 Adams, John Quincy Thompson did not attend this day at the Office. Phillips called to see us this afternoon. He ... 8 August 1788 Adams, John Quincy We met this evening at my lodgings, as we have changed the evening in order to accommodate ... 9 August 1788 Adams, John Quincy Thompson went to see Miss Roberts at Newtown. I cannot read with so much satisfaction for ... 10 August 1788 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Kimball supplied the place of Mr. Andrews this day. I observed none of Captn. Coombs's ... 11 August 1788 Adams, John Quincy Thompson watch'd last evening; in consequence of which he felt not much disposed to study ... 12 August 1788 Adams, John Quincy I called in the afternoon for about half an hour, at the office. Attended Miss Coombs's ... 13 August 1788 Adams, John Quincy Mrs. Emery who has been very ill these four or five weeks, died last night, leaving to the ... 14 August 1788 Adams, John Quincy This was a day of humiliation and prayer at Mr. Carey's: on account of his sickness; and to ... 15 August 1788 Adams, John Quincy I called in at Mr. Tufts's to see Mrs. Shaw this morning. I found old Mr. Carter there. ... 16 August 1788 Adams, John Quincy Dined with Townsend, in company with Mr. Andrews, and Thompson. After dinner we took a ride: ... 17 August 1788 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Andrews preach'd for us; this forenoon he was lengthy in his prayer upon the late ... 18 August 1788 Adams, John Quincy This morning I perceived a deal of stirring in the Streets; and was finally informed that ... 19 August 1788 Adams, John Quincy Several of the gentlemen who accompanied the governor, yesterday to Haverhill, went on to ... 20 August 1788 Adams, John Quincy I was walking with Putnam in one of the Streets in Town, this evening, when we heard a ... 21 August 1788 Adams, John Quincy Upon Stacey's invitation I went with him and Putnam, and two young lads by the name of ... 22 August 1788 Adams, John Quincy We assembled this evening at Thompson's. Mr. Greenleaf called in and past an hour with us. ... 23 August 1788 Adams, John Quincy Dined at Thompson's, with Mr. Andrews and Townsend. In the afternoon I took a ride with ... 24 August 1788 — 2 September 1788 Adams, John Quincy Here, this journal very abruptly breaks off. I had long doubted whether the utility ... 24 August 1788 Adams, John Quincy Parson Dutch preach'd. L. White and Mr. Thaxter. ... 25 August 1788 Adams, John Quincy Return'd from Haverhill. Somewhat interrupted. ... 26 August 1788 Adams, John Quincy Office business. Takes from reading. Dined with Mr. Parsons. ... 27 August 1788 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Parsons went to Boston. Wrote. Mr. Cabot &c. ... 28 August 1788 Adams, John Quincy Walk'd with Stacey. Curious conversation. Greenough's. ... 29 August 1788 Adams, John Quincy Funeral. Mr. Atkins. Met in the evening at Putnams. ... 30 August 1788 Adams, John Quincy Rain. Little past the evening with me. ... 31 August 1788 Adams, John Quincy Heard Mr. Prince. Mr. Marquand's. Mr. Jackson's. Religious tattoo. ...

[September 1788]

1 September 1788 Adams, John Quincy Rain. Pass'd the evening with Stacey. ... 2 September 1788 Adams, John Quincy Finished Hume and Blackstone. Little &c. ... 3 September 1788 Adams, John Quincy I went over the river with Stacey and Romain upon a shooting party. We had tolerable success.... 4 September 1788 Adams, John Quincy Left Newbury-Port this morning with Bridge: we dined at Putnam's in Dan vers. Very ... 5 September 1788 Adams, John Quincy The assembly at the anniversary of the Ф.B.K. was more numerous than I have known it. There ... 6 September 1788 Adams, John Quincy Saltmarsh. Read. Mr. Cranch's. ... 7 September 1788 Adams, John Quincy The Marquis to Sainneville, commander of the french Squadron now in the harbour, and the ... 8 September 1788 Adams, John Quincy Company afternoon. Angier. ... 9 September 1788 Adams, John Quincy Went over to Milton. ... 10 September 1788 Adams, John Quincy The Governor with the Captains of the french vessells, the french Consul, and some other ... 11 September 1788 Adams, John Quincy Mrs. Smith and Louisa. W. Cranch. ... 12 September 1788 Adams, John Quincy I left Braintree to return to Newbury-Port. Found Bridge in Boston. Dined at Mr. Smith's. We ... 13 September 1788 Adams, John Quincy Breakfasted in Salem: saw Amory and Learned. Dined at Ipswich. We got to Newbury-Port, at ... 14 September 1788 Adams, John Quincy I did not sleep a wink the whole night. My nerves are in a very disagreeable state of ... 15 September 1788 Adams, John Quincy Sleepless. Could do no business. ... 16 September 1788 Adams, John Quincy Strolling about all day. Idle. ... 17 September 1788 Adams, John Quincy Can neither read nor write. ... 18 September 1788 Adams, John Quincy Training. Unwell out of spirits. Foster. ... 19 September 1788 Adams, John Quincy Spent my time in visiting &c. ... 20 September 1788 Adams, John Quincy I have had three or four sleepless nights this weeks, and for the little rest I have enjoyed ... 21 September 1788 Adams, John Quincy Meeting afternoon. L. W. Mr. Thaxter. ... 22 September 1788 Adams, John Quincy H. Lincoln. Dined with Mr. T. Mr. B's. ... 23 September 1788 Adams, John Quincy Lincoln went home. Dr. Price's Sermons. ... 24 September 1788 Adams, John Quincy Lincoln went yesterday for Hingham; I went with Mr. and Mrs. Shaw to Andover. There was a ... 25 September 1788 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Noyes. Afternoon with White. ... 26 September 1788 Adams, John Quincy Dined with Mr. Thaxter. Genl. Lincoln. ... 27 September 1788 Adams, John Quincy Another tedious sleepless night. Charles and Russell returned to Cambridge. I dined at Mr. ... 28 September 1788 Adams, John Quincy Meeting Forenoon. Mr. Marsh. L. White. ... 29 September 1788 Adams, John Quincy Tea at Mr. Adams's. ... 30 September 1788 Adams, John Quincy The weather was not very favourable, but, as the court of common pleas was to sit this week ...

[October 1788]

1 October 1788 Adams, John Quincy “Oh gentle sleepNature's soft Nurse, how have I frighted theeThat thou no more wilt weigh ... 2 October 1788 Adams, John Quincy I took my seat in the stage, in Company with a Lady who came from Portsmouth, and Mr. ... 3 October 1788 Adams, John Quincy W. Cranch came into Boston with my father, who coming upon business which will detain him in ... 4 October 1788 Adams, John Quincy My father came home. ... 5 October 1788 Adams, John Quincy Weymouth at meeting. Dr. Tufts's. ... 6 October 1788 Adams, John Quincy Rode over to Milton in the afternoon. ... 7 October 1788 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Murray the preacher who came from England with my father, came this day to pay him a ... 8 October 1788 Adams, John Quincy Went over to Hingham. ... 9 October 1788 Adams, John Quincy Charles and Otis were here. Got up shelves. ... 10 October 1788 Adams, John Quincy Slept none. Went to Weymouth. ... 11 October 1788 Adams, John Quincy Medicine. Voltaire's works. ... 12 October 1788 Adams, John Quincy At home all day. But dull somewhat. Rode. ... 13 October 1788 Adams, John Quincy Went to Milton. Put up books. ... 14 October 1788 Adams, John Quincy My occupations have been very regular, and similar for a week past. Last Thursday night I ... 15 October 1788 Adams, John Quincy Company to dine. Mr. B. &c. ... 16 October 1788 Adams, John Quincy Dr. Tufts &c. Mr. Shaw went to Hghm. ... 17 October 1788 Adams, John Quincy Fine weather. Gunning with Tom. Townsend. ... 18 October 1788 Adams, John Quincy Madam and Tom went to Boston. Violent Thunder. ... 19 October 1788 Adams, John Quincy Meeting to hear Mr. Wibird. W. Cranch. Andrews. ... 20 October 1788 Adams, John Quincy Cranch went to Boston. Rain. ... 21 October 1788 Adams, John Quincy Variable weather. Gibbon's history. ... 22 October 1788 Adams, John Quincy Rode my horse. Andrews went towards Nby Pt. ... 23 October 1788 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Russell's and returned at Night. ... 24 October 1788 Adams, John Quincy Gunning in the morning with Charles. Tired. ... 25 October 1788 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Thaxter. Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Mr. Shaw. ... 26 October 1788 Adams, John Quincy Heard Mr. Shaw. Cranch and Phillips. ... 27 October 1788 Adams, John Quincy Splendid parade. Much company. ... 28 October 1788 Adams, John Quincy Company gone. Went to Mr. Cranch's. ... 29 October 1788 Adams, John Quincy Went with Tom to Cambridge. Returned. ... 30 October 1788 Adams, John Quincy Mr. A. went to Boston. Charles to Cambridge. ... 31 October 1788 Adams, John Quincy Mr. A. returned. Company at dinner. Mr. and Mrs. Storer. C. Storer &c. ...

[November 1788]

1 November 1788 Adams, John Quincy Rode as usual; and read Gibbon &c. ... 2 November 1788 Adams, John Quincy General Knox dined with us. P. M. ... 3 November 1788 Adams, John Quincy Cicero de Senectute. Getting well. ... 4 November 1788 Adams, John Quincy Went to Boston with Mrs. Cranch. Returned. ... 5 November 1788 Adams, John Quincy W. Cranch came from Boston. Fine weather. ... 6 November 1788 Adams, John Quincy Evening at Mrs. Quincy's. Parson Wiberd. ... 7 November 1788 Adams, John Quincy Mr. and Mrs. A went to Boston. Dined at Mr. Cranch's. ... 8 November 1788 Adams, John Quincy Quite lonesome. Mrs. C. came home. ... 9 November 1788 Adams, John Quincy Parson Wibird dined at Mr. C's. Folks came home. ... 10 November 1788 Adams, John Quincy Madam preparing for New York. ... 11 November 1788 Adams, John Quincy Rain all day. Cleared up in the evening. ... 12 November 1788 Adams, John Quincy Went to Boston. Mrs. A. N. York. Lodgd at Camb. ... 13 November 1788 Adams, John Quincy Returned to Braintree in the forenoon. ... 14 November 1788 Adams, John Quincy Justinian's Inst. Foster's Cr. Law. Gibbon &c. ... 15 November 1788 Adams, John Quincy Cold Weather. Dr. Tufts this evening. ... 16 November 1788 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Norton. He dined with us. ... 17 November 1788 Adams, John Quincy Went to Milton. Chilly weather looks like snow. ... 18 November 1788 Adams, John Quincy Rode as usual. Read a variety at home. ... 19 November 1788 Adams, John Quincy My health happily recovered. Rain; part of the day. ... 20 November 1788 Adams, John Quincy Went to Mr. Cranch's. Mrs. C. gone to Boston. ... 21 November 1788 Adams, John Quincy Letter from Mamma. Hartford. Fed. Senators. ... 22 November 1788 Adams, John Quincy Went to Boston. Return'd with W. Cranch. ... 23 November 1788 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Everett of Dorchester: dined with us. ... 24 November 1788 Adams, John Quincy Very warm; rainy, disagreeable weather. ... 25 November 1788 Adams, John Quincy Charles came home from Cambridge. ... 26 November 1788 Adams, John Quincy Wm. Cranch was here. Rode to Milton. ... 27 November 1788 Adams, John Quincy Thanksgiving day. Dull weather. ... 28 November 1788 Adams, John Quincy Bad night. Dined at My Uncle Adams's. ... 29 November 1788 Adams, John Quincy Snow. Charles could not go to Cambridge. ... 30 November 1788 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Wibird preach'd. Charles dined at Mr. C.'s. ...

[December 1788]

1 December 1788 Adams, John Quincy Charles return'd to Cambridge. ... 2 December 1788 Adams, John Quincy Winslow Warren. Rode in the afternoon. ... 3 December 1788 Adams, John Quincy Gibbon 5th. vol. 4th. gone which I much regret. ... 4 December 1788 Adams, John Quincy Very cold. At Mr. Cranch's. Dr. Fogg. Mr. Thayer. ... 5 December 1788 Adams, John Quincy Wm Cranch came from Boston. Heard from N. York. ... 6 December 1788 Adams, John Quincy Went to Milton with Wm. Cranch. He dined with us. ... 7 December 1788 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Cranch's after meeting. Mr. C. quite unwell. ... 8 December 1788 Adams, John Quincy Left Braintree. Went as far as Wilmington. Rain. ... 9 December 1788 Adams, John Quincy Went to Haverhill. Wet through. ... 10 December 1788 Adams, John Quincy Got to Newbury-Port. Ordination. Dancing. ... 11 December 1788 Adams, John Quincy Dined with Mr. Tufts. Not very bright. Dr. Swett's. ... 12 December 1788 Adams, John Quincy Company chiefly gone. Russell. Rode with Thompson. Dancing again. ... 13 December 1788 Adams, John Quincy Put my horse at Tappan's. Eve with Dr. Kilham. ... 14 December 1788 Adams, John Quincy Heard Mr. Ware. Preach'd admirably. D. Atkins. ... 15 December 1788 Adams, John Quincy Attended the office. Read a little. Mr. Jackson's. ... 16 December 1788 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Parsons &c went to Salem Court. Miss Coats. ... 17 December 1788 Adams, John Quincy Snow storm. Went to Salem. Supp'd at Amory's. ... 18 December 1788 Adams, John Quincy Attended court. Sat late. Lodg'd with Mr. Atkins. ... 19 December 1788 Adams, John Quincy Dined with Amory. Went to the ball. ... 20 December 1788 Adams, John Quincy Cold weather. Came home with Bridge. Sleepy. ... 21 December 1788 Adams, John Quincy Heard Mr. Andrews, preach. Bouscaren. Mr. Carter. ... 22 December 1788 Adams, John Quincy Very cold weather. Evening in the office. ... 23 December 1788 Adams, John Quincy Cold continues. Eve at Judge Greenleaf's. ... 24 December 1788 Adams, John Quincy Went to Haverhill. Colder than ever. ... 25 December 1788 Adams, John Quincy Mr. Thaxter's. Miss Hazen. Eve at Mr. Bartlett's. ... 26 December 1788 Adams, John Quincy Returned to N. Port. Wrote in the Eve. ... 27 December 1788 Adams, John Quincy Dined at Judge Greenleaf's. Foster came home. ... 28 December 1788 Adams, John Quincy Parson Allen preached. Snow storm. ... 29 December 1788 Adams, John Quincy Thompson got home. Court at Mr. Atkins's. ... 30 December 1788 Adams, John Quincy Eve at Dr. Sawyer's. Mr. Boyd.—a youth. ... 31 December 1788 Adams, John Quincy Eve with Foster at Mr. Jackson's, He was out. ...

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