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Browsing: Diary of John Quincy Adams, Volume 1


Docno: ADMS-03-01-02-0002-0004-0017

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1780-08-17

Thursday 17th of August 1780.

This morning Pappa went out with Mr. Deneufvilles son and stay'd some time. At about one o clock Pappa got back. At about 2 { 56 } o clock Pappa went out to dinner with Commodore Gillon but brother Charles and myself dined at home. After dinner Brother Charles went to take a walk and got back at about 4 o clock. Pappa Got home at about six o clock.
End of the first Volume of my Journal. J Q Adams. MDCCLXXX.1
1. In the margin, to the left of this paragraph, is a note which reads: “Vive the King of france [ . . . ] mon ami Navarre mon cher ami,” a reference to the French king Henry IV (1553–1610). Possibly JQA had attended a performance of a work such as Henri IV, ou la Bataille d'lvry, Paris [1775], by Jean Paul Egide Martini and Barnabé Farmian Durosoy, in which are the lines: “Vive Henri, mon Roi! a mon Sire! mon bon Maître,” followed by the refrain of a song, “Vive Henri” (Larousse, Grand dictionnaire universel ).

Docno: ADMS-03-01-02-0002-0004-0018

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1780-08-18

Friday 18th of August 1780.1

This morning Mr. Deneufville's son came here with his father's carriage and at about ten o clock Pappa, Mr. Deneufville son, brother Charles, and myself went to see the admiralty. We saw all the magazines of cables, ropes compasses, Blocks, sails, Flags, &c. After this we went on board one of the Dutch Men of war of seventy four Guns which was on the camels which are machines made to lift the body of the ship this harbour not being deep enough to come in without. The ship is call'd the Admiral de Ruyter who was a famous dutch Admiral. The Ships here are not so long as the French ships are in general. The Officers on board treated us with a great deal of Politeness. The dutch ships as well as every thing else in Holland are exceeding clean. The decks are as clean as any room could be kept. After this we went on board a yatcht which was very fine and elegant indeed. This Yatcht is for the Admiralty whenever they go out on a party of pleasure. After this we went to see a seventy four gun ship which is on the stocks and then we came home again, when we got to our lodgings Mr. Deneufville son left us. We all dined at home. After dinner Pappa went to the Premiere Bible2 to see some American Gentlemen who live there. Pappa got back at about six oclock.
1. This entry begins after two blank leaves which separate the first and second parts (“volumes,” in JQA 's terminology) of this Diary booklet.
2. Here JQA has inserted in the margin, “see volume 1st. page 37 of my Journal,” a reference to the last sentence in his entry of 10 Aug. (above).
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