Missed Prayers, recitation, Chemistry, Astronomy, Say, evening, small party at Richardson’s, very pleasant.
Prayers, recitation, Chemistry. Stage to Boston, Dr. Welsh’s, George, dine with him. Stage to Quincy, my Grandfather, family.
December. 1824. Wednesday. 1. X.
Quincy. Medicine, arise, at home all day. Electoral Colleges vote,1 much conversation with my Grandfather and George.
1. The electoral college awarded Jackson 99 votes, JQA 84, Crawford 41, and Clay 37. JQA won all of New England, the great majority of New York votes, and a few scattered tallies. Since no candidate won a majority of the electoral votes, the election was thrown into the House of Representatives. See Bemis, JQA, 2:30.
Arise, Thanksgiving day, attend Meeting, Mr. Whitney, moderate sermon, return, dinner as usual on this day.
Arise, weather stormy, remain at home all day, reading the Athenaeum,1 rather dull, conversation with the family and George.
1. The Athenaeum; or Spirit of the English Magazines, a periodical published at Boston from 1817 to 1832.
Arise, weather continues bad, still at home, idling time, Edwards’ West Indies,1 Abby, Susan and rest of the family.
1. JQA’s copy of Bryan Edwards, The History, Civil and Commercial, of the British Colonies in the West Indies, 2 vols., London, 1794, is in the Stone Library. Another copy, bearing JA’s signature is among the President’s books in the Boston Public Library. See Catalogue of JA’s Library, p. 82.
Arise, cold weather, not at Church all day., beyond my time of absence, evening, family, talk.