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Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0007-0018

Author: CFA
DateRange: 1827-07-31 - 1828-10-15


31st July 1827
15 October 1828.
Among your principles I wish you may govern your conduct upon that of resort to reading, as the pleasure, to speaking as the relaxation, and to writing as the labour of life.
J. Q. Adams
ουδε η αρετη και κακια εν πεσει, αλλα ενεργεια.
Neither virtue nor vice consist in passive sentiment, but in action.
Mar. Aur. Antoninus.
1. Titlepage of D/CFA/6, from which the following entries through 16 October 1828 derive. See the descriptive listing of CFA’s MS diaries in the Introduction.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0007-0019

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-07-31

Diary. July 31st. 1827

My books and my old diaries being packed up for some time and not to be obtained in all probability for a year at least, and the circumstance of my entering now into a mode of life entirely new and in some respects worthy of remembrance, induces me to begin anew. I shall attempt in this book to combine both my former plans of Index and Journal. I commence with the date as above because on that morning I took leave of Washington where I had passed many very pleasant and I may say also many very painful hours. The very last ones were marked by the same fate which had overspread them all, a mingled variety of good and evil feelings, arising equally from feelings of strong passion. I will not here nor indeed any where give in detail any account of these moments. Suffice it to say that I left the place with feelings which repaid me for all I had formerly endured, and at this distance of time I enjoy a sort of indefinable gratification { 147 } whenever my thoughts turn that way, at the idea of duty performed, of feelings subdued, and I will add also, of vanity and pride gratified.
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