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Docno: ADMS-03-02-02-0002-0010-0030

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1787-10-30

30th.

Sauntered about town, the chief part of the day: attended in the gallery of the house of representatives but there was no matter of any great importance before them. Dined at Deacon Storer's with Mr. Thaxter, who is very busy in making prepara• { 312 } tions for his marriage. I drank tea at Mr. Dawes's, and pass'd the evening at Mr. Foster's with Dr. Tufts. Lodg'd at Mr. W. Smith's.

Docno: ADMS-03-02-02-0002-0010-0031

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1787-10-31

31st.

Saw Charles in Boston, on his way to Cambridge, as the vacation closes this day. At about noon I set out for Cambridge myself. The supreme Court sits there this week. I dined and lodg'd at Judge Dana's. I attended the Court in the afternoon, but no case came on, of any consequence. Saw Stedman there. He has not yet opened an office, but proposes to do so very soon. The House of Representatives this day rejected a report of a Committee, for erecting a bridge over Beverly ferry, in the evening I called at Mr. Wiggles worth's and pass'd an hour. Peggy is as sociable and agreeable as ever.
Here endeth the second Volume.
1787.

Heu mihi praeteritos referat si Jupiter annos!1

1. “O if Jupiter would bring me back the years that are sped,” Aeneid, Bk. VIII, line 560 (transl. H. Rushton Fairclough, 2 vols., London, 1930, 2:98, 99).

Docno: ADMS-03-02-02-0002-0011-0001

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1787

[Titlepage]

Ephemeris.
Vol: III.1
1787.
1. Titlepage of D/JQA/12, the third of three leather-bound blank books that JQA presumably purchased in Paris on 20 Aug. 1783. For a fuller physical description of these volumes, see the note for the titlepage of D/JQA/10, ante 1 Jan. 1785 (above). This Diary volume contains entries from 1 Nov. 1787 to [24 Aug.–2 Sept. 1788] , followed by scattered entries, twelve for September and five for Oct. 1788, and thirteen for Sept. 1789. See entry for [24 Aug.–2 Sept. 1788], note 1 (below). The volume concludes with line-a-day memoranda for Aug. through Dec. 1788, and all of 1789 and 1790, copied over from the later Diaries 13, 14, and 15.

Docno: ADMS-03-02-02-0002-0012-0001

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1787-11-01

Thursday November 1st. 1787.

I attended in the morning, and in the afternoon at the setting of the supreme Court. Judge Dana, took his seat, for the first { 313 } time since his illness; from which he has not yet, and I fear never will entirely recover. I dined at his house, and pass'd the evening with my old Clasmate Sam: Williams. The Cases before the Court were not very interesting, except one, which was so intricate, that I could not entirely comprehend it. Sullivan and Lowell spent their lungs, for three or four hours upon the cause, and it was 8 in the evening before it was given to the Jury. Sullivan asserted that in the Courts in this Country it was customary to take parol evidence, in preference to matter of record. This bare-faced falshood, was noticed by all the Court. Sumner1 shook his head. “You are totally mistaken Mr. Sullivan” said Cushing. “They have done so” said Sullivan; “Then” said Sewall, “I hope they will never do so again.” This is not an uncommon practice of Sullivan's; and when the whole Court are thus loudly against him he does not appear in the least abashed, but appears to display a countenance which never knew a blush.
I lodg'd at Packard's chamber.
1. Increase Sumner, a justice of the Supreme Judicial Court (Sibley-Shipton, Harvard Graduates, 16:531–538).