XXXIV 

 

  1. Oils, beasts, grasses, petrifactions, birds, incrustations, 

  2. Dr. Mitchell’s conversation was various..... 

  3. And a black manservant, to embark on a voyage to Russia ... 

  4. Consistent with their peace and their separation from Europe.... 

  5. English pretensions, exclusive, auf dem Wasser ..... (a.d. 1809) 

  6. En fait de commerce ce (Bonaparte) est un étourdi,” said Romanzoff ... 

  7. Freedom of admission for ships, freedom of departure, freedom 

  8.          of purchase and sale ... 

  9. Are the only members of the corps diplomatique who have any 

  10.         interest in literature, conversation .. 

  11. we talked of Shakespeare, Milton, Virgil and of the Abbé Delille.... 

  12. Monsieur Adams” said the Emperor, “il y a cent ans que je 

  13.         ne vous ai vu.” 

  14. June 4th. 1811: 

  15.          The idea occurred to me of a treaty of commerce. 

  16. Told him his government wd. probably make our peace. 

  17. “How?” said the ambassador (french). 

  18.               “By not keeping her word.” 

  19. And he, Bonaparte, said to Romanzoff: 

  20.          “After the peace of Tilsit, where cd. I go but Spain?” 

  21. For he must always be going. 

  22. It is reported that the two empresses will return to the city 

  23. As is said to be customary 

  24. At least in wars un peu interessantes, which war Alexander 

  25. Has done all he can to prevent. 

  26. French army 500 thousand, the Russian 300 thousand, 

  27. But counting on space and time. 

  28. “The fifth element: mud.” said Napoleon. 

  29. A black, Claud Gabriel, in the emperor’s service 

  30. Was very ill used in America. Aug. 14th. to Oranienbaum

  31. Where was Ld. Cathcart (that is, at Madame de Stael’s

  32. And she wanted to know how she cd. 

  33. Receive her interest from United States funds 

  34. While in England, and a war on between them. 

  35. Here the nobility have given one man to the army 

  36. From every ten of their peasants. 

  37.                 Qu’il fit la sottise de Moscou

  38. and he, Bonaparte had to borrow six shirts from 

  39. his minister, and four thousand louis ... Mr Gallatin

  40. Mr Bayard ... answer from Romanzoff ... Mr Gallatin 

  41. did not think that “they cd.” (did not 

  42. think that our actions in Florida could be justified).

  43. Against rights on the Mississippi....our 

  44. Rights to fish, dry fish and cure ... off Newfoundland. 

  45. At the opera: Tamerlan, and the ballet of Télémaque. 

  46. 1815, March 18th. was expected (Bonaparte) 

  47.                 last night at Auxerre

  48. Ney to be here (Paris) tomorrow, because it is the 

  49. King of Rome’s birthday ... 

  50. March twentieth: The King, Bourbon, left the Tuilleries

  51. To take, they say, the road going toward Beauvais ... 

  52. At the Seance Royale last Thursday he had talked of 

  53. His death in defence of the country. 

  54. And when they wish to make the troops cheer, the 

  55. Soldiers say: Ah, voui, Vive le Roi

  56. Newspaper this morning headed Journal de l’Empire

  57. ..... arrived last evening with the troops that had been sent out 

  58. against him.... 

  59. which is due to Bourbon misconduct. 

  60. I told him (Sir James Mackintosh) that I 

  61. Did not believe Dr Franklin or Washington 

  62. Had wanted the revolution....He asked if any leading man had. 

  63. I said, my father, perhaps, Samuel Adams, James Otis ... 


  64. (And on his return was recd. by Gouverneur Morris and Mr 

  65.         Astor with a pubk. dinner at Tammany Hall.) 

  66. And one night a dead fowl was tied to Mr Onis’s bell rope

  67. As (in his eyes) a gt. dishonour to Spain. 

  68. Mr Jefferson remarked that fond as he was of agriculture 

  69. He knew nothing about it tho’ Mr Madison did. 

  70. Mr Madison was very efficient in the convention of ‘87

  71. Mr Bagot has been a much better minister 

  72. “than a much abler man wd. have been, better 

  73. “for the interest of England, better 

  74. “for the tranquillity of this country.” DeWitt Clinton 

  75. Never more low and discredited 

  76. Than just before being elected (comma) 

  77. Without opposition (comma) Governor of New York State. 


  78. “a misanthropoist, an unsocial savage” J.Q.A. on himself. 

  79. Banks breaking all over the country, 

  80. Some in a sneaking, some in an impertinent manner ... 

  81. prostate every principle of economy. 

  82. Jan 18th. 1820. I (J.Q.A.) called at the President’s 

  83. And the President said: Colonel Johnson

  84. might have been more worthily occupied than in acting as 

  85. medium for proposal of 

  86. furnishing ten thousand stand of arms to Venezuela 

  87. in order to make a job for Duane

  88.                                                         a.d. 1820 

  89. .....is that moral considerations seldom 

  90. appear to have much weight in 

  91.                                     the minds of statesmen 

  92. unless connected with popular feelings.... 

  93. while professing neutrality

  94.                  (himself to hire men from our army 

  95. secretissime, on the quiet) Monroe admits it. 

  96. No one else seems to mind. 

  97.              ....but the vice-presidency is—

  98. to call things by their proper names—in the market

  99. “Defective in elementary knowledge and with a very 

  100. undigested system of ethics, Mr Clay (Henry)”.


  101. After conversing with Mr Calhoun, Adams reflected: 

  102. Paper currency ... reductions of fictitious capital.... 

  103. Accumulation of debts as long as credit can be strained.... 

  104. Mr Noah has a project for colonizing jews in this country 

  105. And wd. like a job in Vienna.... 

  106. Xmas, 1820, read aloud after breakfast 

  107. From Pope’s “Messiah.” Not one of my family 

  108. Except George

  109.                appeared to take the least interest, 

  110. Nor is there any one of them

  111.                 who has a relish for literature. 

  112. I have been a lawyer for bread, 

  113.                 a statesman at the call of my country. 

  114. Plain modest and tasteless monuments to George Clinton

  115. and Elbridge Gerry....we have neither forefathers nor posterity, 

  116.                  a few years will efface them. 

  117. ....half educated, like almost all eminent men in this country .. 

  118. ..Calhoun thought we ought in no case

  119.                   attend a congress of the allies. 

  120. England more by her interest than 

  121.                    from principle of general liberty ... 

  122. We shd. separate from all European concerns. 

  123. Who have followed (maiden ladies have followed) 

  124. General Lafayette from Europe to Lisses. Oct. 2. ‘24. 

  125. So that when Washington left the senate chamber he said he 

  126. Wd. be damned if he ever went there again. 

  127. They (congress) wd. do nothing for 

  128. the education of boys but to make soldiers, they 

  129. wd. not endow a university (in 1826). 

  130. Black walnut, almond planted in spring 

  131. take two months precisely to vegetate to the surface. 


  132. This has been (May 26th) a harassing day 

  133. but I perceived a tamarind heaving up the earth 

  134. in tumbler number 2, and in tumbler number one, planted.... 


  135. Interfere with official duty? I said 

  136. I thought that it wd. as the U.S. was interested in 

  137. the Canal Company by their subscription of one million dollars. 

  138. Reading Evelyn’s “Sylva” and making 

  139. Trivial observations upon the vegetation of trees until dark. 


  140. Some sensibility at parting? Clay expressed a wish to 

  141.                    hear from me now and again ... 

  142. “There is something strange, and which wd. now be 

  143.                    thought very affected in the language of Shakespeare 

  144. Whose common thoughts are expressed in uncommon words.” 

  145.                    (diary, March 1829) 

  146. But of late years have lost relish for fiction ... 

  147. December 13th.: Mrs Eaton.... 

  148. and accordingly she (Mrs Calhoun) remains in the untainted 

  149. atmosphere of S. Carolina. 

  150. English “Quarterly Review” for November, 

  151.                   two articles of vilification ... 

  152. Calhoun heads the moral party, Mr Van Buren.... 

  153. President Jackson’s spittin’ box and a broken pipe on the floor.. 

  154. I called upon Nicholas Biddle ... and recd. two dividends

  155. of my bank stock.....as I might be called to take part in 

  156. public measures.....I wished to divest myself

  157. of all personal interest....Nov. 9. ‘31. 


  158. “I took seat Number 203.” J. Q. Adams. 

  159. .... asked him (Mr Webster) his views on 

  160.                     the diminution in the tariff.

  161. I said I had no desire that the interruption of social 

  162. intercourse between Gen Jackson and me shd. 

  163. continue (March second) so far, so good...a 

  164. restitution of it cd. not fail to expose me to obloquy 

  165. March the third: Dined with 

  166.                   Mr Webster upon salmon sent from New York. 

  167. Miss Martineau....author of Conversations upon Political Economy

  168. ..a young woman...deaf..and hearing only through an eartrumpet 

  169. Her conversation is lively and easy.... 

  170. The reasoning of Mr Clay, Mr Calhoun, Mr Webster 

  171. is shallow, they speak to popular prejudice. 

  172. The old states will so sacrifice

  173.                    all their rights to the public lands... 

  174. L’ami de tout le monde, Martin Van Buren... 

  175. Mr Webster, a man of straw...in the yard of the 

  176. President’s house. It is said that their object

  177. was to remonstrate against working more 

  178. than ten hours a day (April 13th. ‘37). 

  179. At the President’s house and had with him conversation 

  180. respecting the climate, Queen Victoria and the weather.... 


  181. Legaré wd. retort upon them by preaching to the labourers 

  182. Insurrection against the capitalists of the North. 


  183. Senate Chamber where I found him (J. Calhoun) 

  184. discoursing to his own honour and glory and 

  185. vituperating Mr Clay. 

  186. .....after battling with each other on the atonement, 

  187. Christ and the Trinity....phrenology and animal magnetism.... 

  188. Tippecanoe clubs .. students of colleges, schoolboys... 


  189. The world, the flesh, the devils in hell are 

  190. Against any man who now in the North American Union

  191. shall dare to join the standard of Almighty God to 

  192. Put down the African slave trade...what can I 

  193. Seventy-four years, verge of my birthday, shaking hand 

  194. ...for the suppression of the African slave trade..... 


  195. Van Buren...against more than ten hours a day... 

  196. Harrison on a mean-looking horse... 

  197.                  was amiable and benevolent ... 

  198. Administration will waddle along... 

  199.                 haec sunt infamiae.

  200.                          wrongs of the Cherokee nation.. 

  201. These are the sins of Georgia

  202. These are the lies 

  203. These are the infamies 

  204. These are the broken contracts... 

  205. Buchanan the shade of a shade, 

  206.                   Scott a daguerreotype of a likeness 

  207. Mr Dan Webster spouting, Tyler’s nose outreaching the munyment 

  208. Gun barrels, black walnut ... 

    city of ararat1

  209. These words I read on a pyramid, writtten 

  210.                  in English and Hebrew. 

  211. The firemen’s torchlight procession, 

  212. Firemen’s torchlight procession

  213. Science as a principle of political action 

  214.                   Firemen’s torchlight procession! 

  215. Proportioned to free inhabitants (Dec. 21. ‘43)

  216. Electro-magnetic (Morse

  217. hsin ideogram

    Constans proposito.... 

  218. Justum et Tenacem