A website from the Massachusetts Historical Society; founded 1791.

Browsing: Diary of John Adams, Volume 1

Docno: ADMS-01-01-02-0002-0004-0015

Author: Adams, John
Date: 1756-04-15

14 [i.e. 15] Thurdsday.

Wheeler and I breakfasted at Mr. Maccarty’s. Went to Mr. Dyers.1 Very warm. Drank Tea and spent the Evening at Mr. Putnams, in conversation concerning Christianity. He is of Opinion that the Apostles were a Company of Enthusiasts. He says we have only their word, to { 21 } prove that they spoke with different Tongues, raised the Dead, and healed the Sick &c.2
1. Joseph Dyer, “an excentric Character ... who had removed from Boston and lived on a Farm of Mr. Thomas Handcock, Uncle of the late Governor, and kept a Shop” (JA, Autobiography).
2. Putnam’s religious opinions are described more fully in JA’s Autobiography.

Docno: ADMS-01-01-02-0002-0004-0016

Author: Adams, John
Date: 1756-04-16

15 [i.e. 16] Fryday.

A Stormy Day.

Docno: ADMS-01-01-02-0002-0004-0017

Author: Adams, John
Date: 1756-04-17

16 [i.e. 17] Saturday.

A Stormy Day.

Docno: ADMS-01-01-02-0002-0004-0018

Author: Adams, John
Date: 1756-04-18

17 [i.e. 18] Sunday.

A Stormy Day. For these 3 days past there has been a severe N.E. Storm. Heard Mr. Maccarty. Spent the Evening at Major Gardiners.

Docno: ADMS-01-01-02-0002-0004-0019

Author: Adams, John
Date: 1756-04-19

18 [i.e. 19] Monday.

The Storm continues.

Docno: ADMS-01-01-02-0002-0004-0020

Author: Adams, John
Date: 1756-04-20

19 [i.e. 20] Tuesday.

A lovely Day after the Storm. Drank Tea at Major Chandlers. Walked with the Coll. to his Saw-mill Farm.

Docno: ADMS-01-01-02-0002-0004-0021

Author: Adams, John
Date: 1756-04-21

20 [i.e. 21] Wednesday.

Charming Weather. The Fields begin to look verdant. The leaves begin to shew themselves on the apple Trees, and Blossoms on the peach Trees. Drank Tea at Mr. Putnams. Spent the Evening at the Majors.

Docno: ADMS-01-01-02-0002-0004-0022

Author: Adams, John
Date: 1756-04-22

21 [i.e. 22] Thurdsday.

Cloudy, black morning. Cleared away very pleasant about 9. Dined at Capt. Stearns’s, with the Officers of the Militia in this Place. Spent the Evening at Mr. Greenes.

Docno: ADMS-01-01-02-0002-0004-0023

Author: Adams, John
Date: 1756-04-23

22 [i.e. 23] Fryday.

A pleasant Day. I can as easily still the fierce Tempests or Stop the rapid Thunderbolt, as command the motions and operations of my own mind. I am dull, and inactive, and all my Resolution, all the Spirits I can muster, are insufficient to rouse me from this senseless Torpitude. My Brains seem constantly in as great Confusion, and wild disorder, { 22 } as Miltons Chaos. They are numb, dead. I have never any bright, refulgent Ideas. Every Thing appears in my mind, dim and obscure like objects seen thro’ a dirty glass or roiled water. Drank Tea at the Colonels. Spent the Evening at Mr. Putnams.
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, 2018.