109. Robert Treat Paine Diary
Boston, 1 January–29 February 17881

January 1788—

1 fair Cold Ther[mometer] 27°. Cm̃n. Pleas Sit Boston

2 Do. D. Do.

3 Do. Do. 25°.

4 Snow’d last night. ground some poor sledding.

5 Cold Ther. 21°.

6 very Cold last night Ther 14° at 9 this AM. fair day. PM Evning 9 oClock Ther 20°.

7 fair Ther 40°.

8 Snowy Do. Snowed turned to Rain Carried of[f] much Snow

9 fair. The Convention for Ratifying the new federal Constitution met

10 fair Ther 20°

11 Do. Do.

12 Do. Ther. 15°.

13 Cloudy Ther 20°. unwell

14 fair Cold Ther 12°.

15 Do. Ther 20°. raw Cold

16 Snowey day Ther 27° no Sledding

17 Thawey

18 Do. Ther 30°. Benja Lincoln jr. Atty. died

19 Rainy. PM Snow Sleat NE Storm Rained all night

20 NE Rain Cloudy. PM mr. Clark

21 fair moderate—

22 Do—

23 a Snow fell last night 9 inches level & moist. Mr Lincoln Buried—Cold

24 fair moderate. Eving mr. S. Eliots. NE Snow Storm Evening

25 Sly. Wind Squally. Some Rain last night.

26 fair Cold. Ther. 21° good Sledding

27 Do. Ther 24°. Mr. Clark PM

28 Do. Ther 27°. PM rode over neck in sleigh fine Sledding

29 S.Ely Storm Rain: PM cleared up Westly. Wind Warm:

30 fair moderate Ther 30°.

31 Do. Sledding remains

This month very mild & moderate saving a few days at the beginning—

February

1 fair Ther 27°.

2 Do. moderate. 30°.

3 Fair moderate Thawey

4 Sly. Rain last night Carried of[f] the Snow

5 Keen Cold day. Ther. 18°. fair very windy PM Ther 13°. Eving 12°. very Cold

6 fair Ther 12°. This day the Convention voted to Accept the new federal Constitution 187 yeas. 168 Nays.

7 fair Ther 18°. Bells ringing all day. the Convention dissolved abt. Noon after Proclaiming the Adoption of the federal Constitution. Robt. went to Colledge

8 fair. This day was Spent in a Grand Procession of all the Trades with their Insignia. Cold Ther 18°

9 fair Ther 20°—

10 Do. Ther 24°—Mr. Clark PM

11 Sly. Wind Warm Some Rain rode to Watertown Bridge in Chaise & returned to Dinner

12 fair Warm Genl. Washington’s Birth day Celebrated by the Military Companies.

13 fair Ther 30

14 Do—bad Ague in face

15 Do—warm

16 NE Snow Storm last night & this morning much Drifted Snow Stormy day turned to Rain.

17 fair Cold Ther 25°. Mr Clark PM

18 Do. Do. Ther 23°—

19 Do. Cold Ther 23°. Sup. Jud Court Set Boston opened in PM:

20 Do. Do.

21 Do. Do.

22 Do. Do.

23 Do. Do. dined Govr Hancocks—

24 Do. Do. PM Mr. Clark

25 Do. Do.

26 Do. Do.

27 Do. Do.

28 Do. this morning his Honor Thomas Cushing Esqr. Lt. Governor died after a Short Illness. Ther 20°.

29 Cold Ther 18°. Grand Jury dismissed

This month hath been steady Cold weather very fine Sledding in the Country but interrupted by Thaws abt. Town. it hath been a Sickley Season

1. MS, Paine Papers, MHi.