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Browsing: Diary of John Quincy Adams, Volume 2


Docno: ADMS-03-02-02-0002-0012-0004

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1787-11-04

4th.

I was so much fatigued in consequence of my yesterday's ride that I did not attend meeting. I wrote some lines at home, and finished reading the first volume of Buffon's theory of the earth.1 I am exceedingly pleased, with the style, and manner of this writer. It is concise, nervous, and elegant. The theory I cannot properly judge of till I get through the other volume.
1. Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon and others, Histoire naturelle, générate et particuliere, avec la description du cabinet du roy, 44 vols., Paris, 1749–1804.
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