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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-09-14

Sunday Septr. 13th. [i.e. 14th].

I did not sleep a wink the whole night. My nerves are in a very disagreeable state of irritation. I attended meeting all day at Dr. { 454 } Tucker's, with Bridge. I called in the evening at Mr. N. Carter's, and at Mr. Tufts's to deliver letters. At Mr. Tufts's I saw Mr. Shaw, who, I find preached for Mr. Andrews this day. I retired early, and went to bed, but could get no sleep. After laying about three hours, I got up and went over to Dr. Swett, and requested him to supply me with an opiate, which he did; it gradually composed my nerves, and gave me a few hours of sleep.1
1. This is the first of several references during the fall of 1788 to JQA's uncertain state of health. David Musto has argued that he was in a depressed state of mind, owing to the pressure that his family was placing on him to distinguish himself (to perpetuate the “family myth”) and to his own worries about his future in an overcrowded legal profession. Musto's explanation for the resolution of these difficulties, which apparently occurred only months later, is largely undocumented (“The Youth of John Quincy Adams,” Amer. Philos. Soc., Procs., 113:269–282 [Aug. 1969]).

Docno: ADMS-03-02-02-0003-0009-0015

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-09-15

15.

Sleepless. Could do no business.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-09-16

16.

Strolling about all day. Idle.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-09-17

17.

Can neither read nor write.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-09-18

18.

Training. Unwell out of spirits. Foster.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-09-19

19.

Spent my time in visiting &c.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-09-20

Saturday September 20th.

I have had three or four sleepless nights this weeks, and for the little rest I have enjoyed I have been indebted to soporific draughts. I dined this day with Mr. Parsons with Bridge and with Foster who took his station in the office on Thursday. This afternoon I mounted a horse and went to Haverhill where I am determined to spend a few days, and see if I cannot recruit my health. I found H. Lincoln here.

Docno: ADMS-03-02-02-0003-0009-0021

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-09-21

21.

Meeting afternoon. L. W. Mr. Thaxter.

Docno: ADMS-03-02-02-0003-0009-0022

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-09-22

22.

H. Lincoln. Dined with Mr. T. Mr. B's.

Docno: ADMS-03-02-02-0003-0009-0023

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-09-23

23.

Lincoln went home. Dr. Price's Sermons.

Docno: ADMS-03-02-02-0003-0009-0024

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-09-24

Wednesday September 24th.

Lincoln went yesterday for Hingham; I went with Mr. and Mrs. Shaw to Andover. There was a large company at Mr. Symmes's; and after dinner we had a lecture, the Sermon was intolerably long. Singing remarkably good. We got back to Haverhill just after Sun-set. My Brother Charles with Daniel Russell arrived here this evening. Charles obtained leave to come and see me. Mr. Thaxter and his Lady pass'd part of the evening here.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-09-25

25.

Mr. Noyes. Afternoon with White.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-09-26

26.

Dined with Mr. Thaxter. Genl. Lincoln.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-09-27

Saturday September 27th.

Another tedious sleepless night. Charles and Russell returned to Cambridge. I dined at Mr. White's. And in the afternoon got a little sleep which greatly refreshed my drooping spirits. Mr. French was here in the evening.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-09-28

28.

Meeting Forenoon. Mr. Marsh. L. White.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-09-29

29.

Tea at Mr. Adams's.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-09-30

Tuesday September 30th.

The weather was not very favourable, but, as the court of common pleas was to sit this week in Newbury-Port, I concluded to return there. When I got home, I found Bridge unwell. Nothing done at court but preparatory business this day. I retired early to bed.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-10-01

Wednesday October 1st. 1788.

“Oh gentle sleep

Nature's soft Nurse, how have I frighted thee

That thou no more wilt weigh mine eye lids down

And steep my senses in forgetfulness.”1

In the present situation of my health I cannot possibly attend at all to study, and this circumstance with some others has determined me to spend some weeks, perhaps some months at Braintree. I spoke for a place in the stage which goes to Boston to-morrow. No business of consequence done at Court this day. Pass'd part of the evening at Mr. Jackson's.
1. Henry IV, Part II, Act III, scene i, lines 5–8.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-10-02

Thursday October 2d.

I took my seat in the stage, in Company with a Lady who came from Portsmouth, and Mr. Vaughan, a brother of the gentlemen with whom I was acquainted in London. It was seven in the evening before we got to Boston. I went to Mr. Smith's; we pass'd part of the evening and lodged at Dr. Welch's. Lodg'd at Mr. Smith's.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-10-03

Friday October 3d.

W. Cranch came into Boston with my father, who coming upon business which will detain him in town this night, gave me an opportunity to get to Braintree. I came home in company with my cousin.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-10-04

4.

My father came home.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-10-05

5.

Weymouth at meeting. Dr. Tufts's.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-10-06

6.

Rode over to Milton in the afternoon.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-10-07

Tuesday October 7th.

Mr. Murray1 the preacher who came from England with my father, came this day to pay him a visit, with his Lady whom he has lately married. He appears to be a man of an easy temper, and an ingenious mind, though not highly improved by learning. His wife is agreeable, though she appears a little tinctured with what the french call le precieux.
1. Rev. John Murray, minister of the Church of Christ in Gloucester, Mass., and the founder of Universalism in America (JA, Diary and Autobiography, 3:216).

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-10-08

8.

Went over to Hingham.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-10-09

9.

Charles and Otis were here. Got up shelves.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-10-10

10.

Slept none. Went to Weymouth.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-10-11

11.

Medicine. Voltaire's works.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-10-12

12.

At home all day. But dull somewhat. Rode.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-10-13

13.

Went to Milton. Put up books.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-10-14

Tuesday October 14th.

My occupations have been very regular, and similar for a week past. Last Thursday night I again experienced a total want of sleep. By the help however of medecine and of constant exercice I think I am in a way to recover. This evening, my1
1. This entry, incomplete at the bottom of the page, is the last in D/JQA/12 until 6 Sept. 1789. In JQA's line-a-day entry, he adds: “Charles and Tom. Mr. and Mrs. Shaw” (D/JQA/13, Adams Papers, Microfilms, Reel No. 16).

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-10-15

15.

Company to dine. Mr. B. &c.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-10-16

16.

Dr. Tufts &c. Mr. Shaw went to Hghm.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-10-17

17.

Fine weather. Gunning with Tom. Townsend.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-10-18

18.

Madam and Tom went to Boston. Violent Thunder.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-10-19

19.

Meeting to hear Mr. Wibird. W. Cranch. And[rews?].

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-10-20

20.

Cranch went to Boston. Rain.

Docno: ADMS-03-02-02-0003-0010-0021

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-10-21

21.

Variable weather. Gibbon's history.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-10-22

22.

Rode my horse. Andrews went towards Nby Pt.

Docno: ADMS-03-02-02-0003-0010-0023

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-10-23

23.

Mr. Russell's and returned at Night.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-10-24

24.

Gunning in the morning with Charles. Tired.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-10-25

25.

Mr. Thaxter. Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Mr. Shaw.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-10-26

26.

Heard Mr. Shaw. Cranch and Phillips.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-10-27

27.

Splendid parade.1 Much company.
1. Several regiments of troops from Boston were reviewed by Gov. Hancock and other dignitaries at Braintree (Massachusetts Centinel, 29 Oct.).

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-10-28

28.

Company gone. Went to Mr. Cranch's.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-10-29

29.

Went with Tom to Cambridge. Returned.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-10-30

30.

Mr. A. went to Boston. Charles to Cambridge.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-10-31

31.

Mr. A. returned. Company at dinner. Mr. and Mrs. Storer. C. Storer &c.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-11-01

November 1. 1788.

Rode as usual; and read Gibbon &c.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-11-02

2.

General Knox dined with us. P. M.1
1. After “P.M.” follows in shorthand “no meeting.”

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-11-03

3.

Cicero de Senectute.1 Getting well.
1. Cicero's Cato Major de Senectute, or Essay on Old Age.

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

4.

Went to Boston with Mrs. Cranch. Returned.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-11-05

5.

W. Cranch came from Boston. Fine weather.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-11-06

6.

Evening at Mrs. Quincy's. Parson Wiberd.1
1. The entry concludes with shorthand for “no feeling.”

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-11-07

7.

Mr. and Mrs. A went to Boston. Dined at Mr. Cranch's.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-11-08

8.

Quite lonesome. Mrs. C. came home.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-11-09

9.

Parson Wibird dined at Mr. C's. Folks came home.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-11-10

10.

Madam preparing for New York.1
1. AA was planning to visit AA2 (AA2, Jour. and Corr., 2:105).

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

11.

Rain all day. Cleared up in the evening.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-11-12

12.

Went to Boston. Mrs. A. N. York. Lodgd at Camb.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-11-13

13.

Returned to Braintree in the forenoon.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-11-14

14.

Justinian's Inst.1 Foster's Cr. Law. Gibbon &c.
1. Justinian's Institutes, a textbook of Roman law and a foundation of continental law, originally issued by Justinian I in 533.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-11-15

15.

Cold Weather. Dr. Tufts this evening.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-11-16

16.

Mr. Norton. He dined with us.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-11-17

17.

Went to Milton. Chilly weather looks like snow.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-11-18

18.

Rode as usual. Read a variety at home.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-11-19

19.

My health happily recovered. Rain; part of the day.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-11-20

20.

Went to Mr. Cranch's. Mrs. C. gone to Boston.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-11-21

21.

Letter from Mamma. Hartford. Fed. Senators.1
1. Probably AA to JA, 16 Nov. (Adams Papers). In this letter, written from Hartford, AA makes reference to the elections of federal senators in Massachusetts and Connecticut.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-11-22

22.

Went to Boston. Return'd with W. Cranch.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-11-23

23.

Mr. Everett of Dorchester: dined with us.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-11-24

24.

Very warm; rainy, disagreeable weather.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-11-25

25.

Charles came home from Cambridge.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-11-26

26.

Wm. Cranch was here. Rode to Milton.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-11-27

27.

Thanksgiving day. Dull weather.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-11-28

28.

Bad night. Dined at My Uncle Adams's.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-11-29

29.

Snow. Charles could not go to Cambridge.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-11-30

30.

Mr. Wibird preach'd. Charles dined at Mr. C.'s.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-12-01

December 1. 1788.

Charles return'd to Cambridge.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-12-02

2.

Winslow Warren. Rode in the afternoon.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-12-03

3.

Gibbon 5th. vol. 4th. gone which I much regret.

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

4.

Very cold. At Mr. Cranch's. Dr. Fogg. Mr. Thayer.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-12-05

5.

Wm Cranch came from Boston. Heard from N. York.1
1. Presumably the letter written by AA to JA between 16 Nov. and 3 Dec., not found (JA to AA, (2 Dec, AA to JA, 3 Dec., Adams Papers).

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-12-06

6.

Went to Milton with Wm. Cranch. He dined with us.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-12-07

7.

Mr. Cranch's after meeting. Mr. C. quite unwell.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-12-08

8.

Left Braintree. Went as far as Wilmington. Rain.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-12-09

9.

Went to Haverhill. Wet through.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-12-10

10.

Got to Newbury-Port. Ordination.1 Dancing.
1. John Andrews, JQA's frequent companion, was ordained associate minister of the First Religious Society of Newburyport, to assist the ailing Rev. Thomas Cary (Currier, Newburyport, 1:253).

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-12-11

11.

Dined with Mr. Tufts. Not very bright. Dr. Swett's.

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

12.

Company chiefly gone. Russell. Rode with Thompson. Dancing again.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-12-13

13.

Put my horse at Tappan's. Eve with Dr. Kilham.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-12-14

14.

Heard Mr. Ware. Preach'd admirably. D. Atkins.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-12-15

15.

Attended the office. Read a little. Mr. Jackson's.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-12-16

16.

Mr. Parsons &c went to Salem Court. Miss Coats.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-12-17

17.

Snow storm. Went to Salem. Supp'd at Amory's.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-12-18

18.

Attended court. Sat late. Lodg'd with Mr. Atkins.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-12-19

19.

Dined with Amory. Went to the ball.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-12-20

20.

Cold weather. Came home with Bridge. Sleepy.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-12-21

21.

Heard Mr. Andrews, preach. Bouscaren. Mr. Carter.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-12-22

22.

Very cold weather. Evening in the office.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-12-23

23.

Cold continues. Eve at Judge Greenleaf's.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-12-24

24.

Went to Haverhill. Colder than ever.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-12-25

25.

Mr. Thaxter's. Miss Hazen. Eve at Mr. Bartlett's.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-12-26

26.

Returned to N. Port. Wrote in the Eve.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-12-27

27.

Dined at Judge Greenleaf's. Foster came home.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-12-28

28.

Parson Allen preached. Snow storm.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-12-29

29.

Thompson got home. Court at Mr. Atkins's.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-12-30

30.

Eve at Dr. Sawyer's. Mr. Boyd.—a youth.

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Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1788-12-31

31.

Eve with Foster at Mr. Jackson's, He was out.
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