A sultry, disagreeable day. Mr. Williams gave a philosophical lecture this morning;
but I had forgotten his announcing it, and when the bell rung, supposed it was for
some other exercice; this is the first lecture of any kind which I have not attended,
since I entered the university; after dinner several of the Class went a fishing:
I set out with them; but turn'd back as there was too much wind, for sport. Cranch
returned from Braintree this evening.
of Woburn, Middlesex C. was 21 the 21st. of last July. I have not much acquaintance
with him; but those who know him are not enthusiastic in their praises. He professes
a vast deal of independence, and assurance; his heart he says never palpitated at
the presence of man: and the heart which never palpitated with fear, cannot surely
beat for joy. As a scholar, and as a speaker he is not conspicuous; though in his
declamations he has frequently display'd that matchless impudence, of which he is
so fond of boasting. His moral character is good I believe, and it is said, he has
assisted his chum (Jackson) very much in the article of composition.