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Browsing: Diary of John Quincy Adams, Volume 1


Docno: ADMS-03-01-02-0007-0012-0029

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1785-10-30

30th.

Attended the meeting forenoon and afternoon; in the morning Cousin Betsey came, here, and spent the day with us. I return'd with her after tea, and found nobody at home, at Mr. White's. Nancy and Charles went in the afternoon to the other meeting-house. Mr. Smith, after an absence of near two months, return'd home, a day or two since. Mr. Hunt spent the evening here; a gentleman from Boston, who it is said comes to take one of the ladies from Haverhill. Miss Becca White1 is the person; Common fame, gives to Mr. J: Duncan the title of his rival; But common fame, is so fond of making matches, that there is no knowing how to depend upon it.
Rain in the Evening.
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1. Rebecca White, daughter of “Squire” Samuel White, married James Duncan Jr. in 1790 (Daniel Appleton White and Annie Frances Richards, The Descendants of William White, of Haverhill, Mass. . . ., Boston, 1889, p. 27).

Docno: ADMS-03-01-02-0007-0012-0030

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1785-10-31

31st.

Mr. Allen, and Mr. Quarles,1 two clergymen, dined here to day. In the afternoon Charles went over to Bradford, to visit Walker, his Chum: We spent the Evening, and supp'd at Mr. White's; there were several ladies and gentlemen from Boston there: Charles made it so late before he came from Bradford that he did not go with us. It was about 10. when we return'd home. The Company at Mr. White's propose returning to-morrow to Boston; One of the Ladies appeared very impatient to be gone, and I believe had particular Reasons, for wishing it.
The Weather is still very mild for the Season. I do not find a fire necessary as yet.
1. Jonathan Allen was minister at Bradford, Mass.; probably Francis Quarles, minister at Hamilton, Mass. (MH-Ar:Quinquennial File; Historical Catalogue of Brown University, 1764–1904, Providence, R.I., 1905).

Docno: ADMS-03-01-02-0007-0013-0001

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1785-11-01

Tuesday November 1st. 1785.

Walker came over, and dined here to day. In the afternoon all the family, except my brother Tom, and myself went to Mr. Redington's. They pressed me to go too, but I wish to go as little into Company, while I am here as possible. An hundred things which I can neither foresee, nor prevent, draw me away from my studies and delay them: but where I can help it, I will not suffer them to be interrupted. Time, is too precious a thing to be trifled with, and I have already lost but too much.
This morning Mr. Thaxter set out, for Salem, where the Court is now setting: he will not return before next Saturday.
Betsey Cranch spent the day with us.

Docno: ADMS-03-01-02-0007-0013-0002

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1785-11-02

2d.

Young Mr. Symmes lodged here last Night. This morning before breakfast My Brother Charles left us, for Cambridge, as the fall vacancy ends to day. He went with Leonard White, and Walker, and several other Gentlemen and Ladies who were going to Boston. I have lost in Leonard and Charles two good friends who in my leisure hours were great sources of pleasure { 351 } to me; but the separation from them is necessary, and from that I must derive my Consolation. Finished the first chapter of John. I hope I shall not continue to proceed as slowly as I have done; and I believe it is in Learning Languages, as the french proverb says, il n'y a que le premier pas qui coûte. Cloudy, chilly weather all day; in the Evening it rain'd considerably. Very stormy in the Night.