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Browsing: Diary of John Adams, Volume 2

Docno: ADMS-01-02-02-0001-0007-0002

Author: Adams, John
Date: 1771-08-13

August 13. or 14th. 1771.1

Spent the Evening at Cordis's, the British Coffee house.—In the front Room, towards the long Wharfe, where the Merchants Clubb has met this twenty Years. It seems there is a Schism in that Church— a Rent in that Garment—a Mutiny in that Regiment, and a large De• { 50 } tachment has decamped, and marched over the Way, to Ingersols.2
This Evening The Commissary and Speaker, and Speaker and Commissary, Mr. Cushing was present. The Clerk of the House Mr. Adams, Mr. Otis, Mr. John Pitts, Dr. Warren, Mr. Molineux, Mr. Josa. Quincy, and myself were present.
1. Actually the 13th; see note on next entry.
2. Cordis' British Coffee House and Ingersol's Bunch of Grapes tavern are located and described in Samuel A. Drake, Old Boston Taverns and Tavern Clubs, new edn., Boston, 1917, p. 102, 103–104.

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Author: Adams, John
Date: 1771-08-14

Aug. 14. or 15. Wednesday.1

Slept last Night, at Mr. Cranches, arose about Sunrise, and repaired to my Office. A fine, sweet, fresh Morning.
1. The 14th was a Wednesday.

Docno: ADMS-01-02-02-0001-0007-0004

Author: Adams, John
Date: 1771-08-20

Aug. 20. 1771. Tuesday.

At the Office.

Docno: ADMS-01-02-02-0001-0007-0005

Author: Adams, John
DateRange: 1771-08-22 - 1771-08-23

August. 22d. and 23. Thursday and Friday.

At the Office. Mr. Otis's Gestures and Motions are very whimsical, his Imagination is disturbed—his Passions all roiled. His Servant, he orders to bring up his Horse, and to hold him by the Head at the Stone of his Door, an Hour before He is ready to mount. Then he runs into one Door and out at another, and Window &c. &c. &c.

Docno: ADMS-01-02-02-0001-0008-0001

Author: Adams, John
Date: 1771-11-05

1771. Novr. 5th. Tuesday.

At Salem. Fine Weather. Deacon Thurston of Rowley came in last Night, a venerable old Man, with his snowy, hoary Locks. Kent and the Deacon soon clashed upon Religion.—Dont you think Sir, says the Deacon, We are here Probationers for Eternity?—No by no means says Kent. We are here Probationers for the next State and in the next We shall be Probationers for the next that is to follow, and so on thro as many States as there are Stars or Sands, to all Eternity. You have gone thro several States already before this, one in the Womb, and one in your fathers Loyns.—Ay, says the Deacon, Where do you get this— dont you believe the Scriptures.
I put in my Oar—He made it Deacon out of the whole Cloth. It never existed out of his Imagination.
Kent. I get it from Analogy.
It is the delight of this Rents Heart to teaze a Minister or Deacon with his wild Conceits, about Religion.
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