Adams Papers

Friday the 15th of September 1780.

Friday the 15th of September 1780.

Nothing Remarkable to day.

Reading a Volume of the Tatler I found something which I will copy.1

1On the following six and one-half pages in his Diary JQA set down an allegory, with several omissions, about Hercules’ being courted by virtue and pleasure, from The Tatler No. 97, originally published on 22 Nov. 1709, which he later cites as “Tatler. Vol. 2d. Page, 82, 83, 84, and 85.” If, as it seems reasonable to assume, JQA was using the four-volume 1728 edition of The Tatler, which his father gave to him and CA presumably on the following day (Catalogue of JQA’s Books description begins Worthington C. Ford, ed., A Catalogue of the Books of John Quincy Adams Deposited in the Boston Athenaeum. With Notes on Books, Adams Seals and Book-Plates, by Henry Adams, Boston, 1938. description ends ), the citation was miscopied, as it appears there at 2:282–285.

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