A website from the Massachusetts Historical Society; founded 1791.
close
-
The Adams Papers Digital Edition is undergoing active maintenance while we work on improvements to the system. You may experience slow performance or the inability to access content. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We will endeavor to return to full capabilities as soon as possible.

Browsing: Diary of John Quincy Adams, Volume 1


Docno: ADMS-03-01-02-0004-0003-0005

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1782-02-05

5th. Tuesday.

Went with Mr. Artaud to the shops and bought some things. Fine weather. The Thermometer at night was. 15 degrees below.0. which is the degree of freezing.1 On the 20th. of December last and on the 25th. of the same month our Thermometer was at 25. below 0. and at that of the academy2 it was at 28, which is colder than it has been here since the year 1776. In 1759 it was as low as 33.
{ 105 }
1. The calibration is that of René Antoine Ferchault de Réaumur, French physicist and naturalist. Under Réaumur's system the temperature range between freezing and boiling was divided into eighty degrees; hence −33°R., mentioned later in the entry, would equal −42°F., or −41°C. (Hoefer, Nouv. biog. générale ; entry for 12 Aug. 1783, below; Adams Family Correspondence ; 4:287).
2. The Academy of Sciences, founded by Catherine I in 1725 in accordance with a plan of Peter the Great for the promotion of literature and science (Storch, Picture of Petersburg , p. 297–302, 313–321, 324–344).

Docno: ADMS-03-01-02-0004-0003-0006

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1782-02-06

6th. Wednesday.

Staid at Home all day. Mr. D. went to Mr. Wolff the banker's.1
1. Member of Strahlborn and Wolff, St. Petersburg bankers, who handled financial matters for Dana in the Russian capital (Dana to Benjamin Franklin, 29 April/[10 May] 1782, and to Robert Morris, 21 Oct./[1 Nov.] 1782, both LbC , MHi:Dana Papers).

Docno: ADMS-03-01-02-0004-0003-0007

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1782-02-07

7th. Thursday.

Mr. D. very unwell all day. Mr. Artaud dined out. Finished the 3d. Volume of Hume's history. 472 pages.

Docno: ADMS-03-01-02-0004-0003-0008

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1782-02-08

8th. Friday.

Thermometer at 18 below.0. in the morning. Mr. D. Continues unwell. Stay'd at home all day as well as, Yesterday. Begun Hume's 4th. Volume, Mr. Montréal came to pay us a visit in the forenoon.

Docno: ADMS-03-01-02-0004-0003-0009

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1782-02-09

9th.

Staid at Home all day.

Docno: ADMS-03-01-02-0004-0003-0010

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1782-02-10

10th. Sunday.

Finished Hume's 4th Volume. 480 pages. Mr. Artaud dined out. Mr. Peyron Mr. Montreal and Mr. Abraham came to pay us a visit.

Docno: ADMS-03-01-02-0004-0003-0011

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1782-02-11

11th. Monday.

Mr. Peyron, Mr. Montréal and several other gentlemen dined with us. I went to the English Library and took out the 5th. and 6th. Volumes of Hume's history of England, begun the fifth but read but 3 or 4 pages; went in the evening to the concert got home at about 9. o'clock.
{ 106 }