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Browsing: Diary of John Quincy Adams, Volume 2


Docno: ADMS-03-02-02-0002-0012-0015

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1787-11-15

15th.

Amory, and Thompson went upon a dancing party yesterday. They invited me to join them, but I did not feel disposed. This afternoon I went with Townsend, and attended Mr. Spring's1 lecture. I was much better pleased than I expected to be with this gentleman's preaching. His sentiments are extremely contracted, and illiberal, and he maintains them with the zeal, and enthusiasm of a bigot, but his delivery is very agreeable, and I believe his devotion sincere; although I shall never be a convert { 318 } to his principles, I will not condemn them as impious and heretical. Little, Putnam, and I, spent the evening with Thomson, at his father's. A letter from W. S.2 was canvassed; it was stiff, inelegant and trivial. I gave this as my opinion, and although they charged me with being prejudiced against the writer, yet I found, their sentiments on this point agreed perfectly with mine.
1. Rev. Samuel Spring, minister of the Third Religious Society in Newburyport (Sprague, Annals Amer. Pulpit, 2:85).
2. Presumably from William Stedman.

Docno: ADMS-03-02-02-0002-0012-0016

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1787-11-16

16th.

I finished the second volume of Blackstone, and began upon the third which treats of private wrongs. And this evening I got through Buffon's natural history of man, which is still more entertaining than the theory of the earth.

Docno: ADMS-03-02-02-0002-0012-0017

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1787-11-17

17th.

I set out for Haverhill between 3 and 4. this afternoon, and arrived at Mr. White's, a little after 5. Leonard was at my lodgings last Tuesday, and made me promise I would stay with him the next time I should go to that town. I was inform'd of Mr. Thaxter's marriage. Last tuesday was the day, when he departed the life of a bachelor, and was ushered into a new kind of existence. His friends had expected it would not be till next tuesday, but he fairly gave them the slip.
I went up to Mr. Shaw's this evening, and spent an hour. Lodg'd at Mr. White's.

Docno: ADMS-03-02-02-0002-0012-0018

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1787-11-18

18th.

In the forenoon I attended at Mr. Smith's meeting: he preaches without notes, and like all the preachers, who make a practice of this, that I ever heard, often repeats the same sentiments. In the afternoon I went to hear Mr. Shaw. After meeting I went up there and pass'd part of the evening. Mr. Redington and Captain Marsh and Deacon Eames were there.

Docno: ADMS-03-02-02-0002-0012-0019

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1787-11-19

19th.

I lodg'd at Mr. White's again last night; went this morning up to Mr. Shaw's and past an hour; and between 10 and 11, Set off { 319 } for Newbury-Port. Got home at about I. Called at the office. Found Amory was gone to Salem for a week. Mr. Parsons says, he will spoil himself in spite of any thing that can be done. Town-send dined with me. We were not much in the office, in the afternoon. Little spent the evening with me.
Rather unwell.