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Browsing: Diary of John Quincy Adams, Volume 2

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1786-10-14


Went to Boston, in order to get some books1 which were sent by Callahan; but I could not get them: dined at Deacon Smith's. { 116 } Mr. Otis's family were there. Harry and his father had a dispute concerning the Roman toga. I came up with Beale; in the evening we held a Court of Law. Putnam, and myself were condemned to pay a bottle of wine each.
1. JQA had earlier asked his father to send copies of “New Testaments in Greek and Latin” from JA 's personal library, and Desaguliers' translation of van's Gravesande's Mathematical Elements ( JQA to JA , 2 April, Adams Papers). In addition to these volumes, JQA received others which he had not requested, “mostly upon philosophical subjects” ( AA to JQA , 21 July, Adams Papers; entry for 16 Oct., below). Among these was François Soulès, Histoire des troubles de l'Amérique..., London, 1785, now at MQA among JQA 's books, which contains notes by JA in the second volume ( JQA to AA , 30 Dec. 1786–11 Jan. 1787, Adams Papers).

Docno: ADMS-03-02-02-0001-0009-0015

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1786-10-15


Was excused from attending meeting this day: being somewhat unwell. Finished the first volume of Burlamaqui in the forenoon. Bridge was at my chamber after dinner.

Docno: ADMS-03-02-02-0001-0009-0016

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1786-10-16


We recite two or three times more, in s'Gravesande's, but next quarter, we shall begin upon Ferguson's Astronomy.1 Mr. Williams had a lecture, upon Trigonometry, very few of the Class attended. Charles went to Boston in the morning, and at length, brought the books, which are mostly upon philosophical subjects. Mead was at my Chamber in the evening. About half the Class are gone. I declaimed this Evening, a piece from Blair's Lectures2 vol. 1. p: 14, 15, 16. on the cultivation of taste.
1. James Ferguson, Astronomy Explained Upon Sir Isaac Newton's Principles, And Made Easy to Those Who Have Not Studied Mathematics...., London, 1756. JQA requested of his father a copy of this work in his letter of 30 Aug. (Adams Papers), and his copy, 7th edn., London, 1785, is at MQA.
2. Hugh Blair, Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres, 2 vols., London, 1783; Harvard had the 3-vol., 2d edn., London, 1785 ( Catalogus Bibliothecae , 1790, p. 149).

Docno: ADMS-03-02-02-0001-0009-0017

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1786-10-17


Charles and my Cousin, went away in the morning, immediately after commons. Tom, went to Boston, and brought back Dr. Tufts's Chaise. Soon after dinner we set off, in the midst of the rain. We got to Braintree, just at five o'clock. We found Mr. and Mrs. Shaw here.
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