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Docno: ADMS-03-01-02-0002-0005-0013

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1780-09-11

Monday September the 11th 1780

Half Holiday for the school. This morning at about 9 o clock we left Pappa and went to school.1 We stay'd there till about half after twelve o clock when we went again to Pappa's. We dined there. After dinner we went to Mr. Le Roi's but he was not at home. We stay'd there some time. Mr. Le Roi came home at about half after four. At about five o clock Mr. Le Roi, brother Charles and myself went to take a walk. We got back to Mr. Le Roi's at about Six o clock. We met Mr. Amiel and Captn. Spencer who drank tea with us at Mr. Le Roi's. After tea they went away. Brother Charles and myself stay'd to supper. After Supper Mr. Le Roi and his Cousin Mr. Chabanel came back to the school with us as far as the door and then they left us.
1. JQA's marginal note here, “vide page 20 of the second volume of my Journal,” refers to his entries of 3031 Aug. (above), concerning school.

Docno: ADMS-03-01-02-0002-0005-0014

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1780-09-12

Tuesday the 12th of September 1780.

Received <two lett><one> a Letter from Mr. Thaxter.1 Nothing remarkable this day.
Reading a Volume of the Spectator I found something which I will copy.2
1. Undoubtedly that of 4 Sept., on which date Thaxter also wrote to JA (Adams Family Correspondence, 3:411–413).
2. Here follows, on three and one-half pages in the Diary, Alexander Pope's poem, “Messiah, A sacred Eclogue . . . in Imitation of Virgil's Pollio,” from “Spec. vol 5, Number 378,” where the poem was published for the first time on 14 May 1712 (ed. Bond, 3:419–422).

Docno: ADMS-03-01-02-0002-0005-0015

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1780-09-13

Wednesday the 13th of September 1780.

Half Holiday. To day at about twelve o clock we went to Pappa's lodgings and went from thence with him to Mr. Le Roi's where we dined. After dinner Mr. Le Roi Pappa, Several other Gentlemen, and brother Charles and myself went to the (Rasp huis) or house of correction. There is there a man who is so strong that fifteen men could not take him and he broke some Iron which was put round his arms. We saw several others some who got there for one thing some for another; They are Judged once and a while and when there is a criminal the Judge [will sentence him] for so many years according to his crime and they are examined after this once every year, and wherever they are found to have behaved well the past year the Judges shorten { 70 } their time sometimes for a year sometimes 2, 3 or four but that is the most. It is a miserable hole to be sure. They are obliged to saw so much wood every day and when they go in they are branded on the back. There are but 56 here which I think must be but few for such a city as this. After this we went back to Mr. Le Roi's and drank tea. After tea Pappa left us and brother Charles and myself stay'd and supp'd at Mr. Le Roi's after which we came back to school.
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.