Arise, go to School. Greek grammar and Minora, return, evening, Mr. and Mrs. Smith.1
1. William Steuben Smith (1787–1850) was a nephew of JQA (being the son of Abigail [Adams] Smith) as well as the brother-in-law of LCA, having married Catherine Maria Frances Johnson in 1813 at St. Petersburg. He had been serving as private secretary to JQA, then minister to Russia, while Catherine had accompanied her sister to that distant land. To distinguish this couple from numerous other Smiths, CFA often called them “Uncle Smith” and “Aunt Smith.” See Adams Genealogy; Bemis, JQA, 1:154–155, 238.
Arise. No School. Dine at my Uncle Smith’s, evening, Mrs. de Neuville’s ball.
Arise, go to Church. Mr. Henry,1 late, did not hear the text, return, remainder of day at home.
1. Sims Henry, a preacher from New Jersey (JQA, Diary, 9 Jan. 1820; LCA’s Journal, 9 Jan. 1820, enclosed in LCA to JA, Jan. 1820, Adams Papers).
Arise. Snow storm, go to School. Greek grammar, return, dinner.
Arise, weather fair, go to School. Greek grammar, Minora, return. Evening, usual party.
Arise, walk to Capitol Hill, dancing master, not to School, Captain Reid,1 evening, Cardelli.