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Docno: ADMS-03-02-02-0003-0005-0031

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-05-31


Finished, this forenoon with Hawkins. Dined at Mr. N. Carter's. As did Mr. Farnham and Thompson: called at the office in the afternoon; but did nothing. Walk'd with Thompson. { 410 } Went in to Mrs. Hooper's and drank tea there. Miss Emery was with her. I soon came out and left Thompson there. I took a solitary walk of two or three miles into Newbury: was surprised by the rain, and quite sprinkled before I got home. We have had a great deal of rain this Season, but very little warm weather. Fruits rather backward.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-06-01

Sunday June 1st. 1788.

Mr. Allen preached for us this day; and I attended to hear him. His Sermons are judicious and sensible; but his manner of delivering them is very disagreeable.
In the evening I took a long walk with Doctor Kilham; and pass'd the remainder of it at home.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-06-02


Pickman returned this day from Salem, where he has been for ten days past.
I began to read Wood's Institutes;1 a book written upon a similar plan, to that of Blackstone; but much inferior in the execution.
I took a long walk this evening alone, musing and contemplating upon a subject which at this time engrosses all my attention.
1. Thomas Wood, An Institute of the Laws of England; Or, The Laws of England in TheirNatural Order, According to Common Use..., London, 1720.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-06-03


I walk'd with Thompson a mile or two in Newbury. The prospects on that road are delightful; and I am more pleased with that walk than with any other near this town. We went to Judge Greenleaf's. Mrs. Hodge and Mrs. Parsons were there. We past the evening as usual at that house. The judge was very sensible and sociable; Mrs. Greenleaf was very agreeable; and all the daughters sat like just so many young misses, whose mamma, had told them, that little girls must be seen and not heard. The judge to strangers appears to be quite a soft and complacent man; but his family regulations are rather despotic: this circumstance takes off much of the pleasure of visiting there, which would otherwise be great; for his conversation and that of his Lady are quite entertaining.
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She asked me if I had not been greatly disappointed last week; I told her I had, and that it had been a subject of much vexation to me. The judge said it was well. He always wished that his young friends might meet with disappointments and misfortunes; and the greater the better, if they were not such as to debilitate the mind. It was best to be enured to misfortunes in early life; sooner or later they would come; and it was much best to be prepared for them by experience.
Thompson came home and supp'd with me.1
1. In his line-a-day entry, JQA refers to “Wood.” Presumably he continued his reading of Thomas Wood's Institutes that he had begun the previous day (D/JQA/13, Adams Papers, Microfilms, Reel No. 16).
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.