2. Since 1756 the two upper classes at Harvard had given public exhibitions twice a year, in the spring and fall, of debates, dialogues, and orations, mostly in English. CFA received no part in the April 1824 performance (Morison, Three Centuries of Harvard, p. 90; Overseers Records, 10:60–61, Harvard Archives).
Missed Prayers, Chapel, Dr. Ware, Dr. Kirkland, sleepy, quiet at home, evening visiters, Otis, Brennan.1
Prayers, recitation, Enfield, Spanish, Tacitus,1 Lectures, Mr. Willard, Mr. Farrar, Electricity, evening at my room, Cards and Wine.
1. CFA’s two Latin copies of the Opera of Tacitus, published in Antwerp in 1668 and in London in 1817, 3 vols., are in the Stone Library, along with his copy of an English translation of the Annals and History, London, 1698. JQA’s many editions of Tacitus are in the Stone Library and in the Boston Athenseum. See Catalogue of JQA’s Books, p. 126–127. For JA’s copies of Tacitus in the Boston Public Library, see Catalogue of JA’s Library, p. 240–241.
April 1824. Thursday. 1. VII:10.
Missed Prayers, Fast day, Chapel, Dr. Kirkland, Dr. Ware, very interesting. Evening at home, Roscoe, Lorenzo de Medici.1
1. JQA’s copy of William Roscoe, Life of Lorenzo de Medici, 3 vols., Basel, 1799, is in the Stone Library.
Prayers, recitation, Enfield, Spanish, Lecture, Mr. Farrar, Declamation, evening, walk, Lorenzo de Medici.
Prayers, recitation, Enfield, lounge at the Book store, purchase, at home all day, finish the life of Lorenzo de Medici.
Missed Prayers, Chapel, Dr. Kirkland, Dr. Ware, afternoon walk, evening at Tudor’s, conversation.