A fine morning. A large white frost upon the ground. Reading Hutcheson’s Introduction
to moral Phylosophy.1 A beautiful Day and Evening. Din’d with Major Chandler.2
1. Francis Hutcheson, A Short Introduction to Moral Philosophy, in Three Books; Containing the Elements
of Ethicks and the Law of Nature, Glasgow, 1747, and later edns., was long a popular textbook in Scotland and America. A number of
works by Hutcheson survive among JA’s books in the Boston Public Library; see Catalogue of JA’s Library.
2. Gardiner Chandler (1723–1782), son of the third John Chandler (1693?–1762) and brother of the fourth John Chandler (1721–1800), with all of whom JA was on friendly terms during his years in Worcester. The leading family in pre-Revolutionary
Worcester, the Chandlers tended to multiply and succeed each other in civil and military
offices in a manner that often makes it difficult to tell which of them JA refers to in his jottings. “Major Chandler,” “the Major,” and “Gardiner” clearly
signify Gardiner Chandler; “Judge Chandler” and “the Judge” always mean the third
John Chandler; and “Colonel Chandler Jur.” the Judge’s son John. References to “Colonel
Chandler” or “the Colonel” are, however, often ambiguous, especially after 1757, when
all three Chandlers held the rank of colonel.
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2015.