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Docno: ADMS-03-02-02-0003-0007-0030

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-07-30


This afternoon Mr. Cutler called at our office, and perswaded me to ride with him up to Mr. Brown's farm; where we found a number of young Ladies. The afternoon was tolerably insipid: we drank tea there; and afterwards escorted the Ladies. I rode with Miss Jones, and left her at Captain Fletcher's. I afterwards returned there, but she was already gone. There was a very brilliant northern light in the evening.
Mr. Cutler is one of the most complaisant persons with whom I am acquainted. The ladies employ him upon almost every occasion; and yet behave to him in such a manner as does not express { 437 } a sense of obligations received. They even slight and disregard him for performing those services by which he renders himself useful to them. There are problems in the female character, which are not easily solved.

Docno: ADMS-03-02-02-0003-0007-0031

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-07-31


I amuse myself in reading Junius's letters; which though the factious productions of a partizan, contain many excellent observations upon men and manners.
We met this evening at Putnam's. Thompson left us to go to Lecture!1
1. Below JQA's line-a-day entry for 31 July in D/JQA/13, he has written in Byrom's shorthand method “year August 28th,” the significance of which is unknown to the editors, but may be related to his earlier notation in Byrom's shorthand. See entry for 30 June, note 1 (above).

Docno: ADMS-03-02-02-0003-0008-0001

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-08-01

Friday August 1st. 1788.

The day was spent in the usual uninteresting manner: indeed it may be generally observed that the more advantageously the day is employed for myself; the less I have to say at the close of it.1 I walk'd in the evening with Stacey till after nine o'clock.
1. JQA notes, in his line-a-day entry, Blackstone's Commentaries, which he presumably read this day (D/JQA/13, Adams Papers, Microfilms, Reel No. 16).

Docno: ADMS-03-02-02-0003-0008-0002

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-08-02


Mr. Farnham proposed to me this morning to join a party, which was formed to go in the afternoon to the grove; a romantic spot, where the young people are fond of visiting. I declined however: and they finally gave up the scheme, as they were informed the proprietor of the land had some objections. I have been this week tolerably industrious.

Docno: ADMS-03-02-02-0003-0008-0003

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-08-03


I heard Mr. Andrews preach. About as long as he was last Sunday. I think he is gaining ground in the parish. And am in hopes that he may be finally settled, without much opposition. Which would greatly disappoint some flaming zealots, who like all zealots justify unworthy means by the sanctity of the end.
I walk'd in the beginning of the evening with Stacey: and af• { 438 } terwards called at Mrs. Hooper's. Betsey gratified her temper by the most unlimited severity upon a number of young Ladies who usually associate together. There appears by her conversation to be some peculiar enmity against them: her mother always reproves her, and always follows her example. There appears a singular pleasure in observing the trifling and silly conduct of that circle; and thus throughout Society, the follies of one, always contribute to the gratification of many others.
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