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Browsing: Diary of John Quincy Adams, Volume 1


Docno: ADMS-03-01-02-0002-0005-0004

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1780-09-04

Monday September 4th 1780.

This morning got up at about 7 o clock dressed and breakfasted. After breakfast Pappa wrote a line to the rector1 desireing him to let MY brother Charles and I come to his lodgings every wednesday and Saturday.
Reading a volume of the Spectator I found something in it which is worth copying and therefore I will do it.2
There is another which I will take down also.3
1. Not found.
2. Here follows a quotation of twelve four-line stanzas of a poem in The Spectator, otherwise unidentified by JQA , beginning “When all thy Mercies o my God.” No edition of The Spectator exists in either JA 's or JQA 's library, though a later citation by JQA to a piece he copied from it indicates that he was using the less common nine-volume edition. Notes regarding JQA 's copied passages from The Spectator are based on the five-volume Oxford edition of 1965, edited by Donald F. Bond.
The poem, published in The Spectator No. 453, 9 Aug. 1712 (ed. Bond, 4:96–98), contains thirteen stanzas, the sixth of which was left out by JQA , probably inadvertently, and the rest were numbered out of order by him in the Diary. Like nearly all of his transcriptions, this one has many discrepancies in capitalization and punctuation; in other respects it is faithful. There seems to be no pattern to JQA 's choices of poems to copy.
3. Joseph Addison's “translation” of the Twenty-third Psalm, which appeared in The Spectator No. 441, 26 July 1712 (ed. Bond, 4:51).