Diary of John Adams, volume 3


1787. August 7 i.e. 6

[Memoranda on a Tour from London to Plymouth, July–August 1787.] <a xmlns="http://www.tei-c.org/ns/1.0" href="#DJA03d192n1" class="note" id="DJA03d192n1a">1</a> JA [Memoranda on a Tour from London to Plymouth, July–August 1787.] Adams, John
Memoranda on a Tour from London to Plymouth, July–August 1787. 1

Michael Sawrey, at Plymouth2

Gillies St. Martins Lane. Garthshores

Sastres Edgware Road. No. 20.

fallitur egregio quisquis sub Principe credit, Servitium: nunquam Libertas, gratior exit extat quam sub Rege pio. Claud. Lib. 3. in Stillic. quos praefecit ipsi praeficit ipse, regendis rebus, ad arbitrium Plebis, Patrumque reducit.3

Mad. La Marquise de Champsenets au Chateau de Thuilleries.

To Epsom, Guilford, Farnham, Alton, Winchester, Salisbury. Blandford, Dorchester, Bridport, Axminster, Honniton (Valley), Exeter.

Niccolaides. Chambourgs Rhodes.

Gentlemans Pocket Farrier.

Truslers practical Husbandry. Baldwins Pater Noster Row.

O fair Columbia, hail.

An original Sir. W. Rawleigh, by Cornelius Jansen, at Mr. J. 209Cranch's, Axminster.4 Sir W. was born at Hays in the Parish of Bodley, Devon.—John Bowering. Andrew Cranch.

Ingratitude thou marble hearted fiend, more hideous when thou shewest thee in a Child than a sea Monster. S'pear.


These highly miscellaneous jottings are on a loose folded sheet separated from the Diary and filed under its assigned date in the Adams Papers. On the fourth and last page is a list in JA's hand of six military companies in Boston, with their commanders, beginning “Boston Troop of Horse, Swan.” Possibly this list was put down from a newspaper account of forces mustered to deal with the Shays insurgents during the winter of 1786–1787. The notes printed here are mere scraps of information that JA wished to remember and were doubtless mainly taken down during the family excursion to the west of England. But from the fact that the name of Michael Sawrey of Plymouth heads the list they may have been begun in London, for some of the notes that follow pertain to persons and things encountered by JA before he reached Plymouth.


“At Plimouth we were visited by a Mr. and Mrs. Sawry; with whom we drank Tea one afternoon; Mr. Sawry is well known to many Americans, who were prisoners in Plimouth jail during the late war. The money which was raised for their relief, past through his Hands and he was very kind to them, assisting many in their escape” (AA to Mrs. Cranch, 15 Sept. 1787, MWA).


From Claudian's Consulship of Stilicho , book 3, lines 113–116, but carelessly copied by JA as usual. Corrections have been inserted from the Loeb Classical Library text of Claudian (London and N.Y., 1922). The Loeb translation is as follows: “He errs who thinks that submission to a noble prince is slavery; never does liberty show more fair than beneath a good king. Those he himself appoints to rule he in turn brings before the judgment-seat of people and senate.”


See note 3 on entry in AA's Diary for 26–27 July, above.