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Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0008-0015

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-08-15

Wednesday. 15th.

Day rainy, passed in reading and occasional conversation with my father. Nothing remarkable.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0008-0016

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-08-16

Thursday 16th.

I should have gone to Boston yesterday to comply with an engagement made to Richardson to go to Nahant, but trusting that he would not think of taking a step in such weather, I postponed it until today when I went merely to discover that he had been. It was on the whole a fortunate escape for it was pouring torrents when I got into the Stage to return to Quincy after a very highly stupid day. Arrived safely without incident.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0008-0017

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-08-17

Friday August 17th. 1827.

Morning devoted quietly to reading. Dined at Genl. Dearborn’s at Roxbury whither I went with my father. A large Company. Mr. Everett, Gorham,1 the two Harrises,2 Col. Baldwin,3 Capt. and Mrs. Bainbridge, Capt. Morris, and Chauncy, Mr. Fuller,4 Mr. Child,5 and a number of the Custom House Officers. I fell in among these much to my regret as they were dull and unprofitable companions. The returning ride was cold and chilly.
1. Benjamin Gorham (1775–1855), brother of Mrs. P. C. Brooks, represented Massachusetts in Congress from 1820 to 1823, from 1827 to 1831, and from 1833 to 1835 (Biog. Dir. Cong.).
2. According to JQA, Samuel D. Harris, the United States marshal in Boston, was accompanied by two brothers (JQA, Diary, 17 Aug. 1827; Boston Directory, 1829–1830).
3. Probably Col. Loammi Baldwin (1780–1838), Harvard 1800, “Father of Civil Engineering in America” (DAB).
4. Timothy Fuller (1778–1835), who had been a Massachusetts Congressman from 1817 to 1825 and was now a member of the state legislature (Biog. Dir. Cong.).
5. David Lee Child (1794–1874), Harvard 1817, who was about to be admitted to the Suffolk County bar, to be chosen a member of the state legislature, and to become editor of the Massachusetts Journal, a pro-Adams paper (DAB).

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0008-0018

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-08-18

Saturday August 18th. 1827.

On this day I enter upon my twenty first year. Moments are now passing which are to give the direction which my fate will take. My own mind is full of doubts and fears and troubles; these give me anxiety and pain in the midst of prospects as brilliant as have fallen to the share of any individual. The result is in the hands of the almighty, and to him I look believing and hoping and confiding all things.
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The morning had been allotted to a fishing excursion with a party consisting of the Quincy gentlemen and ladies. Mr. Quincy, his wife, son and two of his daughters. Mr. Miller and his wife, Messrs. Thomas and Daniel Greenleaf and the two daughters of the first,1 together with the Parson’s family2 and some others. We were long in getting out and caught no fish. The party afforded me but little pleasure, and that little was received from Edmund Quincy, but I dislike his family. We reached home in good season, fatigued and burnt. My father was quite unwell.
1. Thomas Greenleaf was a Quincy justice of the peace; his daughters were Eliza and Mary Ann (Mass. Register, 1826, p. 36; JQA, Diary, 18 Aug. 1827). Daniel Greenleaf owned the wharf on Quincy Bay where JQA went to swim (JQA, Memoirs, 8:373; 9:246, 257).
2. Rev. and Mrs. Peter Whitney, and their children, George and Carolina (JQA, Diary, 18 Aug. 1827).
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, 2017.