10 August 1843
adams-john10 Neal Millikan Press Slavery and Enslaved Persons
36 Quincy Thursday 10. August 1843

10. IV. Thursday

Leman Daniel Wilder Joshua Hearsey Seth Storrs Curtis Nathaniel Piggott George Greenleaf E. Price Leman Daniel junr.

I rose at four, but the cloudy sky restrained me from sallying forth to observe the rising Sun. At five, I saw a man walking to and fro in the yard fronting my windows between the gate and the porch, without knocking or ringing the bell at the door; and on going down found it was Daniel Leman, the man from Charlestown, but this time without his wife— He came on the same business as before, in terror of having his house taken off over his head. He remained here two hours complaining of the hardness of his fate which was neither more nor less than inability to pay his debts.— Mr Curtis was afterwards here and we concluded to purchase the mortgage on the house, and leave him in possession of the house till the expiration of his lease; leaving him in the interval time for preparing to depart or for procuring the means of paying his rent— Leman’s son was here in the afternoon anxious for the relief of his father, and I informed him of the manner, in which Mr Curtis and I proposed to effect it— Mr Wilder and Mr Hearsey, are a Committee of the Proprietors of the first social Library in the South parish of Hingham; and called on me to enquire if there was not a joint Resolution of Congress, by which that Society are entitled to receive a copy of the diplomatic correspondence published by Congress— I looked over the volumes of the Laws, but could find no such resolution I promised however to make further enquiry, and if I should find they have the right I will take care to procure the books for them— A person by the name of George Piggott came from Boston to make enquiry after Martha Cumming a woman who served as cook, while I was absent, and took a leave of absence for a week and has never returned— Piggott says she boarded at his house, and has gone off in debt to him— She had left her trunk here; but we did not think ourselves authorised to let him have it— Mr E. Price Greenleaf came, and examined some of my stocks of seedling Apple trees— This is the season for that operation, and Mr Greenleaf usually performs it for me. He promised to procure some buds of excellent apples, and to come and bud the trees next Tuesday afternoon, if by that time he can get the slips— I received this morning by the mail the Bangor Courier of the containing my Letter of 4 July last to Asa Walker, Charles A. Stackpole, And F. M Sabine. It is announced as a Letter from John Quincy Adams on Slavery—with a statement that it was read at the Meeting on the 1st. of August and without one word of comment upon it— I have expected the publication of this Letter, and expect to be held to severe responsibility for writing it— Before my lamp is burnt out, I am desirous that my opinions concerning the great movement throughout the civilized world for the abolition of Slavery should be explicitly avowed and declared— God grant that they may contribute to the final consummation of that event— There are sundry errors of the press, and of the manuscript to be rectified, and to which I must attend.