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Docno: ADMS-03-01-02-0004-0002-0001

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1782-01-27

N.(1782)S. January 27th

Began to read Hume's history of England.1
1. David Hume, The History of England, from the Invasion of Julius Caesar to the Revolution in 1688, 8 vols., London, 1763, which JQA borrowed from the English or British Library of St. Petersburg, where he found “a good collection of English Authors” (Dana to JA, 25 Jan., Adams Papers). JQA's notes (copied quotations) from his reading of Hume appear in M/JQA/1, Adams Papers, Microfilms, Reel No. 199.

Docno: ADMS-03-01-02-0004-0002-0002

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1782-01-29


Dined at Mr. Rimbert's;1 changed Lodgings.
1. Or Raimbert, French vice-consul in St. Petersburg (Almanach royal, 1783, p. 262).

Docno: ADMS-03-01-02-0004-0002-0003

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1782-01-30

30th. Wednesday.

Went to the Shops, bought this book,1 with some other matters. Began to translate Cicero's first Catilinary.2 Finish'd Hume's first volume of the History of England 503. Pages.
1. That is, his Diary booklet, D/JQA/5.
2. Probably the edition JQA used for his translations into French was Selectae . . . Orationes . . ., Paris, 1747, p. 510–525, in which JQA has inscribed “J.Q.Adams, a present from Mr. Cussy [rendered Cressy in Catalogue of JQA's Books, p. 90],” possibly the same man whom he mentions in his Diary on 11 March but who is otherwise unidentified. This edition of Cicero, now among JQA's books at MQA, contains the same internal divisions of chapters and sections found in his translation of the first Catilinary in M/JQA/45, Adams Papers, Microfilms, Reel No. 240. In fact, the four Catilinaries which JQA mentions in this and subsequent entries, as judged from JQA's translations, are from this printed source (p. 510–563). The pages in Selectae . . . Orationes bear MS markings by JQA presumably made while he was translating.

Docno: ADMS-03-01-02-0004-0002-0004

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1782-01-31

31st. Thursday.

Began Hume's second volume of the History of England. Went to the shops and bought some things.

Docno: ADMS-03-01-02-0004-0003-0001

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1782-02-01

N.(1782)S. February 1st.

Stay'd at home all day.

Docno: ADMS-03-01-02-0004-0003-0002

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1782-02-02

2d Saturday.

Went to the shops, and bought some things A.M. P.M Mr. D. and Mr. Artaud1 went to the German play, I stay'd at home.
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1. Artaud's identity is uncertain, but in a Diary entry written seventeen years later, JQA provides a fuller account of his relationship with this man. “The Chevalier de Villenotte, told me,” JQA wrote, “he had seen me at Artaud's at Petersburg in the year 1782. I had altogether forgotten it. Poor Artaud, died it seems in 1784 of a fever, caught at Peterhoff, at the annual festival there, upon St. John's day, in June. His woman then returned to Dunkirk, and afterwards went back to Petersbourg, where she was taken by a Venitian minister; who upon being removed to Constantinople, carried her with him; since which Villenotte has heard nothing of her” (JQA, Diary, 26 July 1799). JQA's and Dana's change of lodgings, mentioned in the entry for 29 Jan. (above), Artaud's daily presence thereafter, his frequent absence at dinner, and JQA's having been seen “at Artaud's” all suggest that the two Americans were probably lodging at Artaud's house. Artaud's “woman” may have been his housekeeper, who would have served them meals and would have seen to other needs. Some such role would explain why JQA gave so much space to her in his 1799 entry.
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