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Browsing: Diary of John Quincy Adams, Volume 1


Docno: ADMS-03-01-02-0007-0011-0028

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1785-09-28

28th.

Doctor Tufts went by in the morning, and took with him, a small trunk for me, to Boston. At about 10 I went for my horse, to Mr. Veasy's. Mr. Tyler went with me. At the meeting house he left me, and I went to Milton. Stopp'd half an hour at Genl: Warren's. Their only son now at home is James: Harry yesterday stopp'd in at my uncle's, on his road to Plymouth. Mrs. Warren has been ill; and is not yet entirely recovered. It was near one afternoon, when I got to Boston. Upon Change I met Dr. Waterhouse; and found him the same man, he was four years, ago, when I was acquainted with him in Holland. Dined at Mr. Foster's: and after Dinner went to Deacon Smith's: as I had not been there, since last Friday morning; and did not know when I came out of the house, that I should not return that day: they all said they thought I had been cast away; and could not find the way to their house. Received a letter from Mr. Brush, with, le mariage de Figaro.1 Went and spent an hour with Dr. Waterhouse, at his lodgings, and at about dusk, cross'd the river, and went to spend this night and to-morrow, with my Cousin Cranch and my { 333 } brother. It was near 8 o'clock before I got to Cambridge. Weather quite cool. A fire very comfortable.
1. Letter not found; Brush had borrowed JQA 's copy of Beaumarchais' play (Eliphalet Brush to JQA , 29 Aug., Adams Papers).

Docno: ADMS-03-01-02-0007-0011-0029

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1785-09-29

29th.

Paid a visit this morning to Mr. Tracey, but he was not at home. At about eleven in the morning I received a billet from my Cousin Betsey, telling me I must be in Boston before dinner, as Mr. Peabody, would certainly leave town this afternoon, for Haverhill. That she could not go with me, as we had intended, another woman, having engaged a place in the Chaise. I immediately hastened to Boston; got there just at Dinner time, and was then told, that matters were again alter'd, and that we were not to go till to morrow morning. I was not displeased with this information. Dined with my uncles. After dinner I met Mr. Hughes in the Street, and went and spent an hour with him at his Office. Met Mr. W. Smith in the Street. He has been gone ever since my arrival, on a journey; and return'd last evening. I was lounging about all the afternoon; and spent the Evening, and supp'd at Doctor Welch's. Slept at Uncle Smith's.

Docno: ADMS-03-01-02-0007-0011-0030

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1785-09-30

30th.

This morning at 7 o'clock I cross'd Charlestown ferry. At about 8 I got into a Chaise with a Mrs. Webster a lady, that I never saw but who has de grands talens pour le silence. We went through Cambridge, but the horse was so restless, that I could not get out to speak to my brother or Cousin. We stopp'd and dined about 16 miles from Haverhill. Had an exceeding good Dinner, and at a very moderate charge, which I have seldom found in my own Country. It was about 6 in the evening when, we got to Haverhill; in the whole day, there was about the value of a quarter of an hour's conversation pass'd between us. How much more agreeable would my journey have been, had I come with My Cousin. I was heartily glad when I got to my Uncle's house.
My Aunt was drinking Tea at Mrs. Payson's, and I went over there with Mr. Shaw. In the Evening I delivered Lucy Cranch's message, with the wedding Cake to Miss Hazen.
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