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Browsing: Diary of John Quincy Adams, Volume 1

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1784-08-25


Wednesday dined at the Abbé de Chalut's.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1784-08-26

Thursday [26th].

Went to Gregson's for Watches. He was not at home.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1784-08-27


Friday dined with the Abbés at Passi.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1784-08-28


We had a large Company to dine with us.1
1. The company included the Abbés Arnoux, Chalut, and Mably, Benjamin Franklin, David Hartley, and John Paul Jones (AA2, Jour. and Corr., 1:17).

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1784-08-30


Monday afternoon went into Paris. Subscribed for the Journal de Paris. Drank tea with Mrs. Valnais.1
1. Mrs. Joseph Dupas de Iden de Valnais, née Eunice Quincy (1760–1793), daughter of Henry Quincy (1727–1780) and distant cousin of JQA. Eunice married Valnais in 1781 while he served as French consul in Boston. He was recalled to France shortly thereafter (Descendants of Edmund Quincy, comp. Holly, p. 8; Sibley-Shipton, Harvard Graduates, 14:667–670).

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1784-09-01

Wednesday September 1st.

Dined at Dr. Franklin's.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1784-09-02


Thursday morning went into Paris.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1784-09-03

Friday [3d].

Mr. and Mrs. Mather,1 and Mrs. Hay2 dined with us. Went to the French Comedy and saw le mariage de Figaro.
1. Samuel Mather and his wife, Margarette (Gerrish) Mather; he was the son of the Rev. Samuel Mather. Young Samuel had been chief clerk of the Boston customs office until he fled to England with the loyalists, but he returned to Massachusetts after his father's death (Sibley-Shipton, Harvard Graduates, 7:233).
2. Mrs. Katharine Hay, wife of Capt. John Hay and daughter of Daniel Farnham, a tory lawyer in Newburyport. She was a traveling companion of the Mathers { 211 } while in France (Thomas Aston Coffin to Mary Aston Coffin [Mrs. William Coffin], 21 March 1786, MHi:Thomas Aston Coffin Coll.; Samuel Jr. to Rev. Samuel Mather, 7 May 1785, MHi:Samuel Mather Coll.; Currier, Newburyport, 2:258–260).
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