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John Quincy Adams

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The President lived a ]if; so simple that 1he word Spartao hardly describes it. He was now sixty years of old. Rising at four or five, even in tho winter, he often built iiis oivn Ure, and then worked upon his correspondence and his journal, while Ibe main part of tbe day was giron to publie afi'airs, the.c being reluctantly interrupfceë to receive a stream of visitón. In the evening hfl workod again, sometimos guing to bed at eight or niño even in surnmer. His recreatiotu wero few - bathing in the l'otomac beforo sunrise, and taking a walk at the same hour, or a ride later jd the day, or .sometimos the theater, sneh as it was. lor soeial life he liad little aptitude, thouarh ho went throngb the forms of it. This is well illustrateil by one singular memorandum in his dian : "I went out this evening in search of conversatkm, an art of whioh 1 nevar bad an adequate idea. I oever kuew liow to make, control, or chango il. I am bj" nature asilent animal, and mv dear mother's constant Jcsson in ciühihood, that little childrcn should bc and nol; heard, conlirmed me in what Í now think a bad habit."- T. II'. L.'- ginson, in Harpcfs Magazine. - In connecÜOD with renewed interest 'ni ti:' subjtct of cremation, it is recalled that Annie Louise Cary (now Mis. Raymond) was once asked to sing for the bcüilit of a ernmatory scheme in Fittborgh, and as an induecment. vraa offered a certilicate entitling her to the free cremation of her remains. "I should as soon think of buying mr own coffin," said she, deelining the oilcr.-


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