Employ'd great part of the day in collecting the theses. I have now as many as I shall
want excepting five or six in fluxions1
which I cannot easily find, as I do not understand the doctrine enough for my own
satisfaction: in the evening the sodality met at Mayo's chamber, and play'd till 9.
I was very much fatigued and retired to bed quite early.
of Needham, Suffolk County, will be 22. the 26th. of next July. I have very little
acquaintance with this person, and his character is such as will not induce me to
cultivate an intimacy with him. His countenance is perfectly stupid, and has no other
expression than that of gin or brandy, his chief talent lies in drinking largely of
these liquors without apparent intoxication, and in smoking tobacco; and this talent
he improves by incessant application; as a classmate I insert his name, and my plan
obliges me to give the traits which distinguish his character. I would fain mention
his virtues; but if he possesses any they are too deep to be perceived by common observation.