1. Here begins a brief revival of
's Diary, extending through the summer of 1796 and comprising the only regular series
of entries he made after his return from Europe in 1788.
had come home from Philadelphia in mid-May, following the long and highly partisan
struggle in Congress over Jay's Treaty, and though there was to be a national election
in November in which he was in the highest degree interested, the following entries
deal almost entirely with farming activities.
printed the Diary entries for 1796 very selectively and frequently omitted personal
names or disguised them by reducing them to their initials.