Wednesday October 1st. 1788.
In the present situation of my health I cannot possibly attend at all to study, and this circumstance with some others has determined me to spend some weeks, perhaps some months at Braintree. I spoke for a place in the stage which goes to Boston to-morrow. No business of consequence done at Court this day. Pass’d part of the evening at Mr. Jackson’s.
“Oh gentle sleep
Nature’s soft Nurse, how have I frighted thee
That thou no more wilt weigh mine eye lids down
And steep my senses in forgetfulness.”1
1. Henry IV, Part II, Act III, scene i, lines 5–8.