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Docno: ADMS-03-02-02-0002-0008-0032

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1787-08-31

31st.

A very warm day. Rambling all the morning; I met a couple of french officers gunning on my uncle's farm. In the afternoon I went with the ladies, to see my Grand-mamma: return'd at about dusk; and closed the last day, which I proposed to spend in Braintree for some time.

Docno: ADMS-03-02-02-0002-0009-0001

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1787-09-01

Saturday September 1st. 1787.

Between 9 and 10 o'clock this morning I departed from Braintree with Mrs. Cranch: we got to Mr. Foster's at about 12. I went to Mr. Dawes's office, where I found Cranch and Forbes. Dined with the former at Mr. Foster's. Stroll'd about town all the afternoon and just before Sun-set: I took a walk to Cambridge: where I arrived at about 8 o'clock.

Docno: ADMS-03-02-02-0002-0009-0002

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1787-09-02

2d.

Attended meeting all day. Mr. Hilliard preach'd; much in the old way. The meeting house however did not look as it was wont. The same deficiency I found there, that I had perceiv'd, in the colleges, and every where in this Town. All my classmates gone. I dined at Mr. Wigglesworth's with Packard. Peggy appears as amiable as ever.
I pass'd the evening with my brothers, and lodg'd with Tom.

Docno: ADMS-03-02-02-0002-0009-0003

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1787-09-03

3d.

I pass'd about an hour, before dinner with Mr. Winthrop, the late librarian. He is much of a politician; his opinion with respect to the situation of the country is always favorable.
Dined with Mr. Andrews. Lincoln, the senior was there; a young lad of good abilities, and of great application: In the afternoon I met a couple of french officers in the College yard; who wish'd to see the library and museum; but the butler was not to be found; and they were obliged to defer the gratification of their curiosity, to some future opportunity. In the evening I sat about an hour in my brothers' chamber. A number of Junior's were collected in a chamber near there, and were enjoying all the pleasures of conviviality: it brought to my mind the frequent scenes of a similar nature, at which I was present, a short time ago. An involuntary sigh arose in my breast; I left the chamber to put a { 283 } stop to melancholy recollection, and, went to the butler's room: I found Mr. Stedman, and Mr. Andrews with him, and pass'd the remainder of the evening very agreeably. Stedman and Harris exerted their talents at telling stories, and diverted us very much: between 9 and 10, I retired with Mr. Andrews and lodg'd with him.