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Browsing: Diary of John Quincy Adams, Volume 1


Docno: ADMS-03-01-02-0002-0003-0007

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1780-07-31

Monday 31st of July 1780

This morning Pappa went to Mr. Jennings's lodgings but he was not at home. At about half after eleven o clock Mr. Lee came here and stay'd till about half after twelve. At about twelve Mr. Jennings came and at about one we went to take a walk. We went to the place Royale. We saw the portico out of which the Counts Egmont and Horn came to be executed. It is at present barr'd up and there are two pillars near it and it is a sanctuary for any person who has committed a crime. There is a New Library building there. There is also the statue of Prince Charles there but it is said to be very badly done. From thence we went down to the grande Place, and we saw the Hotel de Ville, on the top of which is St. Michael trampling the devil under his feet, most magnificently done, on the other side of the Place is another large, building on which is this inscription in Letters of gold A PESTE FAME, ET BELLO LIBERA, NOS MARIA PACIS. HIC VOTUM PACIS PUBLICAE AELYSABET CONSECRAVIT.1 After this we went to Mr. Lee's house where we found Mr. Bordly. We dined and drank tea there: after tea Mr. Bordly, My Brother Charles, and myself, went to the Park. We walk'd there a little while and went back to Mr. Lee's but he being gone out we took another turn to the Park. We walked all round the ramparts and had a very pretty view of the town. We saw the statue of Philip 2d. He had a scepter in his hand and a very menacing look. We after this came home and at about ten o clock Pappa got home.
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1. “From pestilence, hunger, and war free us, Mary of Peace. This vow [or payment of a vow] for public peace Elizabeth consecrated.” This Elizabeth was possibly the wife of Philip II of Spain.

Docno: ADMS-03-01-02-0002-0004-0001

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1780-08-01

Tuesday 1st of August 1780

This morning at about half after ten Mr. Jennings came here and at about half after eleven Pappa Mr. Jennings and Brother Charles went to take a walk. At about twelve they got back again. A little after twelve My Brother Charles and myself went to Mr. Bordly's lodgings but he was not at home. Mr. Jennings dined at our Hotel. At about four o clock Mr. Lee came to see my Pappa. At Six o clock my Brother Charles and I went to the Play where we saw Les Trois Fermiers and Rose et Colas.1 The actors play but indifferently in this town. At about nine o clock we got home.
1. Jacques Marie Boutet de Monvel, Les trois fermiers, Paris, 1777; Pierre Alexandre de Monsigny, Rose et Colas, with music by Michel Jean Sedaine, Paris, 1764 (Brenner, Bibliographical List ).

Docno: ADMS-03-01-02-0002-0004-0002

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1780-08-02

Wednesday 2d of August 1780

This Morning my Brother Charles went to find Mr. Bordly but he was not at home. Charles and I went to find him at his Uncles but met him on the way there. We went in to water with him some ways out of town and got home about dinner time. Mr. Jennings came here after dinner and in the Evening Pappa and he went to take a walk. Mr. Bordly spent the Evening here. At about Nine o clock Pappa and Mr. Jennings got back and Mr. Jennings stay'd here about a half an hour and then went to his lodgings.

Docno: ADMS-03-01-02-0002-0004-0003

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1780-08-03

Thursday 3d.

This morning Mr. Jennings came and at about nine o clock he took leave of us and we set out from Bruxelles. After we had got out of the town we passed along a very beautiful canal. At about 4 o clock we arrived at Anvers, which is 4 Posts or 24 Miles from Bruxelles. After we got there pappa went and made a bargain with a boat man to go to Rotterdam but having arrived at our lodgings Pappa Changed his mind and took a Carriage for to morrow and we shall leave ours here. I went to see the Exchange. The Exchange at London was founded from this fashion.
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