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Browsing: Diary of John Adams, Volume 1


Docno: ADMS-01-01-02-0002-0002-0012

Author: Adams, John
Date: 1756-02-12

12 Thurdsday.

A cool, but pleasant morning. Heard Mr. Welman [Wellman] preach the Lecture, and drank Tea, with him, at home where he made this observation, (viz.) That Dr. Mayhew was a smart man, but he embraced some doctrines, not generally approved.1
1. Jonathan Mayhew (1720–1766), Harvard 1744; D.D., Aberdeen 1749; minister of the West Church, Boston; early famous for his radical theological and political views. JA admired him as “a transcendent genius” whose character would require “a dozen volumes” to delineate; and there can be no question that Mayhew’s numerous published discourses profoundly influenced young JA . ( DAB ; Clinton Rossiter, “The Life and Mind of Jonathan Mayhew,” WMQ , 3d ser., 7:531–558 [Oct. 1950]; JA, Works , 10:288.) See also 17 March, below.