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Browsing: Diary of John Quincy Adams, Volume 2

Docno: ADMS-03-02-02-0001-0006-0007

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1786-07-07


The Palladian band,1 have begun to exercise, and Captain Vose, feels quite important. I do not know, that I ever saw a man more gratified, with a distinction, of so little Importance. But ambition has almost always a trifle for its aim, and rattle for rattle, I do not see why this should not be as good as any other. I have not join'd this Company, because I fear there will be such disputes, and disorders, arising from it, as will make it disagreeable, if not wholly abolish it in a short Time: another Reason is, that it will employ more time, than I should wish to spend in mere amusement.
1. That is, the Marti-Mercurian Band. Palladian, a reference to Pallas Athena, goddess of war and wisdom and guardian of cities, is probably JQA's own characterization of this college-based military company.
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