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Browsing: Diary of John Adams, Volume 2


This foot note contained in document ADMS-01-02-02-0004-0005-0001
1. This entry and the one immediately following (first entry under 15 Aug.) are transcribed from JA, Works , 2:340–341, no MS source for them having been found.
JA 's correspondence and Autobiography supply the information that from Ipswich he had gone “for the tenth and last time on the Eastern Circuit” in Maine, where, on a hill above Casco Bay, took place the affecting separation between him and Jonathan Sewall—“the sharpest thorn on which I ever sat my foot” ( JA , Preface to Novanglus and Massachusettensis, Boston, 1819, p. vi). By mid-July JA was back in Braintree with his family, but he was soon caught up in work for the distressed town of Boston, being appointed on 26 July to a committee to receive donations for the relief of the inhabitants (which proved a burdensome assignment) and to another committee appointed to consider “proper Measures to be adopted for the common Safety” (Boston Record Commissioners, 18th Report , p. 185).