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Docno: ADMS-01-03-02-0013-0004-0010

Author: Adams, John
Date: 1796-09-10

September 10. 1796. Saturday.

Walked, with my Brother to Mount Arrarat, and find upon Inquiry that Jo. Arnold's Fence against the New Lane begins at the Road by the Nine mile Stone. My half is towards Neddy Curtis's Land lately Wm. Fields. The Western Half of the Fence against Josiah Bass, or in other Words that Part nearest to Neddy Curtis's is mine. Against Dr. Greenleaf my half is nearest to Josiah Bass's Land.1
1. The tempo of electioneering increased rapidly after the publication of Washington's Farewell Address on 19 Sept., but JA stayed quietly on at Quincy for two months longer, pushing his program of farm improvements into severely cold weather. On 23 Nov. he left for Philadelphia, passing a day on the way with his daughter in East Chester and another with CA in New York (JA to AA, 27 Nov., 1 Dec, both in Adams Papers). He arrived in Philadelphia on 2 Dec., in ample time for the opening of the second session of the Fourth Congress three days later. The city was seething with politics on the eve of the voting by Presidential electors in the sixteen states, and so indeed was the country; but JA wrote much more calmly of the prospects of both himself and his rivals, not to mention the maneuvers of party understrappers and the libels of journalists, than AA could. “I look upon the Event as the throw of a Die, a mere Chance, a miserable, meagre Tryumph to either Party,” he told JQA in a letter of 5 Dec. (Adams Papers). What he meant was that, since the contest was bound to be very close, the new President, whoever he might be, would have so small a majority that he would “be very apt to stagger and stumble” in discharging his duties (to AA, 7 Dec, Adams Papers). The result of the electors' balloting was not perfectly certain until late that month. By the 27th JA { 249 } could write his wife: “71 is the Ne plus ultra—it is now certain that no Man can have more and but one so many”; and though he did not yet know beyond all doubt whether Jefferson or Thomas Pinckney would be Vice-president he discussed with AA their imminent problems respecting “House, Furniture, Equipage, Servants,” and the like (Adams Papers). At length, on 8 Feb., as he was bound to do, he presided over a joint meeting of the two houses in which the votes were unsealed and counted, and announced the result as 71 votes for himself (one more than the necessary majority of 70), 68 for Jefferson, 59 for Pinckney, and the rest scattered among ten others, so that John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were elected President and Vicepresident respectively, to serve for four years beginning on 4 March 1797 (Annals of Congress, 4th Cong., 2d sess., col. 2095–2098).
Four years later, on 11 Feb. 1801, Vice-president Jefferson found himself obliged to perform a similar duty and announced that Jefferson and Burr had each received 73 electoral votes, JA 65, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney 64, and John Jay 1 vote (same, 6th Cong., 2d sess., col. 743–744). The tie vote for the two Democratic-Republican candidates led to complications, but JA was out of the running, and early on the day of his successor's inauguration he left the new seat of government in Washington, and public life, for good.

Docno: ADMS-01-03-02-0014-0001-0001

Author: Adams, John
DateRange: 1804-07 - 1804-08

[July–August] 1804.1

July   2d.   Mowed, over vs. Yard and Garden    
  3   One Load, from the road to the ditch and from the cart path to the pasture Lane   1  
  4   Four Loads, over the Way and between the ditch and orchard   4  
  5   One Load from Chris Webbs House Lott   1  
  6   One from the 10 Acre Lot on the hill   1  
  7   Two in Cranchs Barn and two from the 10 Acre Lott   4  
Sunday   8      
  9   Two load one from Mr. Cranchs and 1 from 10 Acre Lot   2  
Wed.   11.   4 Load from about the Hancock Cellar   4  
T.   12.   6 Load five from about Hancocks Cellar and one from the Walnut Lot   6  
F.   13   6 Load. 3 from Walnut Lot and three from about Hancocks Cellar and one Jag2   7  
S.   14.   Six Loads from Chris. Webbs farm   6  
Sunday   15      
Monday   16      
Tuesday   17      
Wednesday   18   Seven Loads 3 from the orchard and 4 into Mr. Cranches Barn of Clover—Jaggs all.   7  
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Thursday   19      
F.   20      
S.   21   5 Load from the Wire Grass Hill   5  
Sunday   22      
Monday   23   Three Loads from the ten Acre hill   3  
Tuesday   24   Three Loads from the orchard and beyond it   3  
Wednesday   25   Two Loads from the Ditch   2  
Thursday   26   Three Loads in Mr. Cranchs Barn   3  
Fryday   27   Three, fresh and all into Mr. C. Barn   3  
Saturday   28   One Load from the Beech Meadow part black grass   1  
Sunday   29      
Monday   30   One Load Salt [hay] from the Coves   1  
August   17   Fryday 5 loads of Salt Hay from the Coves   5  
Saturday   18   3 loads, one from the Coves and two from Mount Wollaston at the Salt pond   3  
Sunday   19      
Monday   20   3 Loads from the Meadows on this and the other side the Causey   3  
Tuesday   21   2 Loads from the Causey at Mount Wollaston   2  
Wednesday   22   Four loads from the beach   4  
Thursday   23   Two loads from the Beach Salt Hay   2  
1. This tabular record of JA's haying operations and the homely entry immediately following, the final scraps of JA's Diary, were not printed by CFA.
2. Jag, substantive, 2 (origin unknown): “dial, and U.S. ... 1. A load (usually a small cartload) of hay, wood, etc.” (OED).
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.