2 November 1846
adams-john10 Neal Millikan Health and Illness Religion
85 Quincy Monday 2. November 1846.

2. VI. Fahrenheit 50 at Sunrise 6.33. Cloudy.

That all the earth may be refreshed, and may return, being delivered from thy violence, and that she may hope for the judgment and mercy of him that made her 2. Esdras 11.46.

There is a marked difference between the canonical books of the Bible and the Apocryphal writings in this— I have never met with any difficulty in selecting from four chapters of the old Testament every morning one verse to be copied for the lesson of the day. In these books of Esdras, a sentiment worthy to be imprinted upon the memory and the heart is not always to be found in the compass of four chapters—unless as in the above passage connected with other verbiage which takes away all the point of sententiousness—

Miss Susan Tufts Woodward Dr. Ebenezer

I thought myself all day yesterday wholly relieved from the grippe upon my throat—but after going to bed last night, a return in mitigated form of the threatened visit from quinsy—disturbed though it did not entirely destroy my repose— I had sleep but not quiet— Once in the middle of the Night, my wife rose from bed to give me a second cup of warm balm tea, and I dined rise for the day till the entry Clock struck six— The hoarseness had again very much subsided and the sore throat wholly disappeared— My regular course of occupation is broken up, and idleness is the doom of my remaining days by the refusal of my hands to perform the task of recording my daily thoughts and deeds— We had a visit from Miss Susan Tufts of Weymouth this afternoon, and I had a professional visit from Dr Woodward— He prescribed for me a warm foot bath before going to bed this evening—and a tea spoonful of the syrup of Tolu, to be repeated in the course of the Night— He directed me also to wash my legs every morning with a mixture of New-England rum and water— Among my symptoms of decay, is a constant heat and irritation in the outer side of my legs below the calf which I have suffered for the last eighteen months with a discolouring of the parts and feverish heat portending ulceration, and a swelling round the ancles at night whenever I walked in the course of the day. The swelling and the heat generally subsiding in the course of the Night Throughout last winter they were washed with milk and water every night before going to bed, but as the Summer came on the complaint subsided and the fomentation was omitted— With the reapproach of cold weather the complaint has now returned and I am to resort to rum instead of milk to mingle with water for the wash— I received a Letter from Georgiana Cutter of Quincy Illinois 16. October 1846. asking for an answer and a piece of poetry— Mr Charles Sumner declines standing as a candidate for Congress in competition with Robert C. Winthrop

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