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Docno: ADMS-03-02-02-0003-0004-0027

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-04-27


I attended meeting all day, and heard Mr. Andrews. He speaks very well, and his composition was I believe generally pleasing. I sometimes think that he mistakes his genius, and imagines that his fansy is lively and his first thoughts the best; while in truth his conception is naturally slow, and he ought to study greatly his writings. He was this day very brilliant in his expressions, and flowery in his periods, but his thoughts were rather too { 397 } much in the common run, and this fault, I have frequently observed, in his pieces.
In the beginning of the evening, I called at Mr. Tufts's, to give him a watch which I brought for him; I spent the remainder of the evening and supp'd at Deacon Thompson's. Walk'd with Mr. Andrews up to Mrs. Farnham's, where he lodges; he proposes to return to-morrow to Cambridge.

Docno: ADMS-03-02-02-0003-0004-0028

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-04-28


Dull weather. Wind Northeast. It began to rain a little after noon, and continued all the rest of the day. I pass'd the evening at Dr. Swett's. We play'd whist, and I was somewhat unfortunate. Little came home and lodg'd with me; the weather being so bad, that he could not conveniently go to Newbury.

Docno: ADMS-03-02-02-0003-0004-0029

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-04-29


The weather this day was tolerable. I went in the evening with Thompson to Captain Coombs's, where we found the young Ladies. Polly Coombs, is very sick; they fear in a Consumption. Nancy Jenkins too has been unwell, and still looks thin. Mr. Farnham and J. Greenleaf were there; and Mr. Cutler. We had singing as usual.

Docno: ADMS-03-02-02-0003-0004-0030

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-04-30


Very agreeable weather. After we had done at the office, I took a long walk with Thompson.1 We then went to Mrs. Emery's where we found Miss Roberts. We there pass'd a couple of hours, and from thence went to Mr. Frazier's. We found ourselves in the midst of a large Company of young folks. All the College lads, and all the young Misses of that sett. We past about an hour with them, and then without much reluctance left them.
1. JQA notes in his line-a-day entry that he “could not study” (D/JQA/13, Adams Papers, Microfilms, Reel No. 16).

Docno: ADMS-03-02-02-0003-0005-0001

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-05-01

Thursday May 1st. 1788.

Pickman returned this afternoon from Salem. The Club were in the evening at my room: Young Fowle, Thompson's poetical Class-mate spent the evening with us. Pickman went off quite early. He attended a ball in Salem, last evening, and what with { 398 } the fatigue of dancing, and that of riding this day he was tired out.
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