by John Adams
Date: December 16, 1772
“1772 Decr. 16. Wednesday.
Dined with the Reverend Mr. Simeon Hayward [Howard] of West Boston, in Company with Dr. Chauncey, Captn. Phillips, Dr. Warren, Mrs. Hayward, Miss Betsy Mayhew and a young Gentleman whose Name I dont know. Had a very agreable Conversation.”
Source: Adams Family Papers: An Electronic Archive. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society. http://www.masshist.org/digitaladams/ John Adams diary 19: 16 December 1772 – 18 December 1773.
Commentary: Joseph Warren was one of a mixed social gathering recorded by his friend John Adams. The Boston Committee of Correspondence began just weeks before. Joseph Warren’s List of Infringements was a key part of the Committee’s initial publication. Our curiosity concerning the conversation at this dinner remains unaddressed. The existence of the gathering, much less what was discussed, has not survived in any other documentation.