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Docno: ADMS-03-02-02-0003-0004-0011

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-04-11


I set out with Pickman this morning at about nine o'clock: the weather was clear though rather windy: before twelve we arrived at Haverhill. I went immediately to Mr. Shaws; and Pickman, went to the tavern to meet a carriage, which he expected from Salem; but very unfortunately he found the Carriage, had past through the Town, not more than a quarter of an hour before he got there: such disappointments, are peculiarly teazing to Lover's, and felt perhaps more keenly than greater misfortunes. After dinner I went down to Mr. White's, and was sorry to find, that Leonard was gone to Hamstead with his mother. I call'd likewise at Mr. Thaxter's, but he was not at home. I sat, half an hour with Mrs. Thaxter, who has met with a misfortune, and been very unwell for some time past.
I thence went up to Judge Sargeant's to pay a visit there; And I { 389 } found Mr. Thaxter with him; I returned soon and drank tea at Mr. Thaxter's; and soon after; went back to Mr. Shaw's.

Docno: ADMS-03-02-02-0003-0004-0012

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-04-12


In the forenoon I went down, and spent a couple of hours with Mr. Thaxter: the rest of the day I employ'd in reading, upon several subjects. I took up Hudibras in the afternoon, and diverted myself with it for an hour or two.1
1. JQA adds, in his line-a-day entry, “Mr. Shaw's. All day” (D/JQA/13, Adams Papers, Microfilms, Reel No. 16).

Docno: ADMS-03-02-02-0003-0004-0013

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-04-13


Attended meeting all day. Dined at Mr. Thaxter's with Mr. J. Duncan. And in the afternoon, after service: we took a long walk. When we return'd to Mr. Thaxter's we found Mr. Bartlett and his wife and Leonard White there. Mr. Parsons came in soon after. He is going to attend the Supreme Court, who will sit this week at Concord. The conversation soon turned upon political subjects; I knew we should have over again, what I have heard twenty times; and therefore I took a walk with Leonard White; and went home between 9 and 10 in the evening.

Docno: ADMS-03-02-02-0003-0004-0014

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-04-14


I met with several impediments in the morning so that it was eleven o'clock before I cross'd the river: the weather was very good, but growing Cloudy. I got to Doctor Kitteridge's house at Andover, before one. I stop'd to see my Class-mate W. Abbot and dined there. Bowman and Wyeth were likewise there. I would say something of Mrs. Kitteridge, but it would be now a very improper time to give an account of such impressions. I left the House before three; and soon after it began to rain, and continued without intermission untill I arrived at Cambridge; I got there at about six. I rode, eight or ten miles with an Almsbury man, who is going to Concord court upon business. Mr. Parsons is engaged in his cause, and the man had a deal to say about lawyer's.
I found my brothers at our old chamber, and after sitting with them half an hour, went over, and pass'd the remainder of the evening with Packard. I found Cushman, at his chamber, and we { 390 } spent the eve very sociably. Clarke had been riding in the rain as well as myself, the greatest part of the day. He came from Harvard, where he went to accompany Grosvenor, who went home very sick a few days ago.
Cushman is apprehensive that he will not be able to obtain his degree1 before next Commencement. He tells me he has not yet preached, as had been reported: Child, Kellogg and Mead are, he says the only Classmates of ours who have yet appeared in the pulpit.
1. Cushman had not received his bachelor's degree in the commencement of 1787 because of unpaid college bills.
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