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Browsing: Diary of John Adams, Volume 1


Docno: ADMS-01-01-02-0002-0005-0003

Author: Adams, John
Date: 1756-05-03

3 Monday.

I was mistaken one Day in my reckoning.1 A pleasant Day. Spent the Evening and supped at Mr. Maccartys. The Love of Fame naturally betrays a man into several weaknesses and Fopperies that tend very { 25 } much to diminish his Reputation, and so defeats itself. Vanity I am sensible, is my cardinal Vice and cardinal Folly, and I am in continual Danger, when in Company, of being led an ignis fatuus Chase by it, without the strictest Caution and watchfulness over my self.
1. That is, in the preceding entries from 13 April through 2 May.

Docno: ADMS-01-01-02-0002-0005-0004

Author: Adams, John
Date: 1756-05-04

4 Tuesday.

Let any man, suppose of the most improved understanding, look upon a watch, when the Parts of it are separated. Let him examine every Wheel and spring seperately by itself. Yet if the Use and Application of these springs and Wheels is not explained to him, he will not be able to judge of the Use and Advantage of particular Parts, much less will he be able, if he sees only one wheel. In like manner We who see but a few coggs in one Wheel of the great Machine of the Universe, can make no right Judgment of particular Phœnomena in Nature.— Spent the Evening at Mr. Swans.

Docno: ADMS-01-01-02-0002-0005-0005

Author: Adams, John
Date: 1756-05-05

5 Wednesday.

A very cold Day. Drank Tea at the Colonels. Spent the Evening at the Majors.

Docno: ADMS-01-01-02-0002-0005-0006

Author: Adams, John
Date: 1756-05-06

6 Thurdsday.

A cold day. Spent the Evening and supped at Mr. Putnams.

Docno: ADMS-01-01-02-0002-0005-0007

Author: Adams, John
Date: 1756-05-07

7 Fryday.

Spent the Evening and supped at Mr. Maccartys. A mans observing the Flux of the Tide to Day, renders it credible that the same Phenomenon may be observed tomorrow. In the same manner, our Experience that the Author of Nature has annexed Pain to Vice, and Pleasure to Virtue, in general I mean, renders it credible that the same or a like Disposition of Things may take place hereafter. Our observing that the State of minority was designed to be an Education for mature Life, and that our good or ill Success in a mature Life, depends upon our good or ill improvement of our Advantages in Minority, renders it credible that this Life was designed to be an Education, for a future one, and that our Happiness or Misery in a future life will be alloted us, according as our Characters shall be virtuous or vicious. For G[od] governs his great Kingdom the World by very general Laws. We cannot indeed observe many Instances of these Laws. But wherever we see any { 26 } particular Disposition of Things, we may strongly presume that there are other dispositions of Things in other Systems of Nature, analogous and of a Piece with them.