Adams Papers

Wednesday July the 11th 1781.

Wednesday July the 11th 1781.

This morning at about six o’clock we set off from Nimegen and arriv’d at about 8 P.M at Hochstrass the distance is about 70 Engh. Miles; We pass’d thro’ Cleves[Kleve], Xanten, and Rheimberg [Rheinburg], three small unfortified towns, they all belong to the King of Prussia as does Hochstrass Which is the last town in his dominions, in this part of the country. There are but a few houses in Hochstrass, but there is a pretty good Inn there. The road this day was not good, and all that the ground produces here is Wheat, Buck Wheat, and Spelts.1

From the Spectator. Chapter 14th. No. 631.2

1A species of grain related to wheat and grown in Europe (OED description begins The Oxford English Dictionary, Oxford, 1933; 12 vols, and supplement. description ends ).

2Here follow nine lines from the first paragraph of the essay on cleanliness which appeared in the issue of 10 Dec. 1714 (Spectator, ed. Bond description begins The Spectator, ed. Donald F. Bond, Oxford, 1965; 5 vols. description ends , 5:156–158). The entry is incomplete through the loss of the following leaf (p. 127–128; see note to entry of 8 July, above). The concluding section undoubtedly carried the quotation from The Spectator to the end of its second paragraph since the quotation is resumed at paragraph three to conclude the entry of the following day, the 12th. The opening lines of that entry were also contained on the missing leaf.

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