Diary of John Quincy Adams, volume 1

76 Sunday June the 10th 1781. JQA Sunday June the 10th 1781. Adams, John Quincy
Sunday June the 10th 1781.

This morning I got up at about 7 1/2 o'clock breakfasted and at about 9 o'clock Pappa, brother Charles and myself went to the English presbyterian Church and heard a Sermon; the text was in Thessaloniens 1st: 5 Ch: 17th vs. “pray Without ceasing.”

We got home at about eleven o clock. As we came out of the Church we found Mr. Jennings in the Coach, he said he had been deterred by his barber. We dined at home; Mr. Jennings din'd with us; at two o'clock brother Charles and Myself went again to Church; our text was in the Psalms: after Church we went to Mr. Kaa's to see Mr. Bordly but he was gone out to take a walk; but we found Mr. Jennings, Mr. Brush,1 Dr. Brown, Mr. Greves and two other gentlemen, and soon after Mr. Bordly came in. We stay'd there some time and then Mr. Jennings came with brother Charles and Myself to Pappa's house; the other gentlemen went to take a walk; at about 6 o'clock Pappa and Mr. Jennings went out together, and brother Charles and I, went to see Messrs. Sigourny2 and Ingraham. They were gone to take a walk, but the ladies were at home, we found Mr. Thaxter there, some time after the Gentlemen came home; we stay'd there about an hour and at about 7 o clock we came back again; we found Mr. Guild and Mr. Jennings here; at about Nine o clock we went to Madm. Chabanel's; we found her, and the young ladies at home, but Mr. Le Roi and young Mr. Chabanel were gone out; we supp'd there and got home at about 10 1/2 o'clock. At about 11 o'clock we went to bed.3


Eliphalet Brush, New York shipowner and merchant, who returned to America from Amsterdam in late September with dispatches to congress from JA. He and his brothers, sons of a prominent Huntington, N.Y., merchant, owned extensive plantations in Demarara, British Guiana, now called Georgetown, Guyana (Conklin Mann, “Thomas and Richard Brush of Huntington, Long Island,” N.Y. Geneal. and Biog. Rec., 67:21, 132 [Jan., April 1936]; Adams Family Correspondence, 4:219).


Charles Sigourney, a Boston merchant and partner in the Amsterdam mercantile firm of Sigourney, Ingraham & Bromfield (Sigourney to Aaron Lopez, 6 March 1781, MHi:Wetmore Coll.; JA, Diary and Autobiography , 2:453–454, 456; Boston Directory, 1789). See also entry for 19 Aug. 1780, note 3 (above).


Here follows “Chap. 2.” on about one and one-half pages in the Diary, 28 lines, beginning, “All the world's a stage,” from As You Like It.

Monday June the 11th 1781. JQA Monday June the 11th 1781. Adams, John Quincy
Monday June the 11th 1781.

This morning I got up at about 8 o'clock breakfasted, and went to see Mr. Deneufville; we staid there about a half an hour and 77then went and took a walk; we went to the Western market and walked about 1/4 of an hour and then went to Mr. Guild's lodgings, but did not find him at home; we then return'd to Pappa's house. In coming we saw young Mr. Chabanel and spoke to him. At two o'clock we din'd; Mr. Guild din'd with us. After dinner, Mr. Dana, Mr. Guild, brother Charles and myself went and drank tea at Madam Chabanel's. After tea we went to the old-Man-house1 and bought some things; after that, Mr. Dana, brother Charles and myself, went to see Mr. Tegelaar, we found Burger-Master Hoofd there; after staying about a half of an hour we went to Mr. Hartsinck's where we found the Young Miss Chabanel's, Mr. Menoir (a french Gentleman,) and another Gentleman, who lives at Rotterdam, we Stay'd there a little while and from thence went home, we got here at about 9 o clock. At about half past ten I went to bed.2


The Oude Mannen en Vrouwengasthuis; that is, a home for old people, founded in 1559, built around a courtyard on the south side of which was a broad and high gallery with eighteen arcades rented as shops whose profits were returned to the home (Le Guide, ou nouvelle description d'Amsterdam, p. 175–176).


Here follows “Chap. 3d.,” covering almost two pages in the Diary and consisting of twenty-eight lines from King Henry IV, Part II, Act III, scene i, lines 4–31, beginning “How many thousand of my poorest subjects.”

Because of occasional differences in act, scene, and line numbers of plays by Shakespeare as quoted and cited by Adams in his Diary, these quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are given modernized citations without volume and page number from the authoritative Cambridge edition (Works of Shakespear, ed. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, John Dover Wilson, and J. C. Maxwell, Cambridge, Eng., 1921- ).