Diary of John Quincy Adams, volume 1

Saturday June the 16th 1781.

Monday June 18th 1781.

Sunday June the 17th 1781. JQA Sunday June the 17th 1781. Adams, John Quincy
Sunday June the 17th 1781.

This morning Pappa, Mr. Dana, brother Charles and I, went to the English presbyterian Church, to hear a Sermon, the text was.

“And the times of this ignorance god winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent.” Acts 17:30.


Mr. Brice din'd with us, after dinner I went alone to Church again; the text was.

“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1st. 21st.

After Church I went to see Mr. Bordly; a little after brother Charles and Mr. Brice came there, brother Charles, Mr. Bordly and I went out to take a walk. We went to see Mr. Greves, but he was not at home; brother Charles and I went from thence to Madam Chabanel's where we supp'd; at about half past ten we came home.

From Guthrie's Grammar (continued from yesterday) Chapter 4th §: 7th.1


Here follow, on two pages of the Diary, “sections” 7, 8, and 9 from Guthrie's Geographical Grammar , p. 402–403, on Dutch dress, religion, and language. JQA copied the “Lord's Prayer” in Dutch from a source other than Guthrie because, as he later explained, it had been rendered incomplete there (entry for 10 July, below).