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Docno: ADMS-03-01-02-0001-0001-0019

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1779-11-30

Tues 30th.

To day a middling breeze from the S.E or SSE. At 12 o clock to day being at the Pump there being very little water the beam struck my head and hurt me a little.1
1. The remainder of the page in the Diary contains a drawing of a bird and several designs by JQA, probably used as filler since he begins his entries for the new month at the top of the following page.

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

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1779-12-01

1779 December Wed 1st.

We housed all the Guns to day because she rolled a great deal. A fresh breeze from the S.S.E. Nothing remarkable to day.

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

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1779-12-02

Thur 2d.

A fresh breeze from the South. Continual Squalls thunder and lightning. 6 o clock PM. The weather has cleared up.

Docno: ADMS-03-01-02-0001-0002-0003

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1779-12-03

Friday 3d.

Pleasant weather. A fresh breeze from the S.W. The Captain intends to go to Spain to search the ship and see if he can find the leak. At twelve o clock We were according to our agreement <at> 180 leagues from Cape Finister.

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

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1779-12-04

Satur 4th.

A middling breeze from the SW. This afternoon about four o clock a land Bird came a hovering over the frigate; she being so tired we Caught her. Nothing very remarkable to day.

Docno: ADMS-03-01-02-0001-0002-0005

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1779-12-05

Sun. 5th.

A middling breeze from the S.W. We replaced our guns. We took in the Main, and forsails in order to get the Anchors ready. The Captain expects to spy Land tuesday.

Docno: ADMS-03-01-02-0001-0002-0006

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1779-12-06

Mon 6th.

This morning my brother Charles look'd out of Pappa's window and said he saw a flock of Wild fowl. A fine breeze from the South. About twelve o clock being in my Pappa's room I heard a { 9 } noise upon deck. I went out and was told by one of the Gentlemen that we saw a sail. I immediately went up to the Main cross trees and saw a brig. The Gentlemen conjecture that she is a cruizer and intends to come and reconnoitre us she having but Very little sail set. I o clock. I thought she was a brig but I hear she is a ship1 which has lost her Main mast. 2 o clock P M. She has got almost out of sight. 4 o clock. She has got Quite out of sight.
1. A square-rigged vessel with a bowsprit and three masts, each composed of a lower, top, and topgallant mast; a brig is a two-masted vessel with square rigging like the ship's fore- and main-masts, but the main-mast has also a fore-and-aft sail (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.