7/4/1816: IX. Independence Day— My son John 13. years old— Cold. Rain, Thunder. confined almost to the house.
12/21/1814: This is the day of the Winter Solstice, and the Sun is here eight hours above the horizon.
1/13/1814: VI: Russian New-Year's day. Court, Circle— Gallatin took leave. Bardaxi. Harris at Eve. Visits & Servants.
8/5/1814: This day five years ago I sailed from the United States. [And this day 5 yrs ago @MHS1791 started tweeting JQA's diary entries.]
12/25/1814: Christmas day. The day of all others in the year, most congenial to proclaiming Peace on Earth, and Good-Will to Men.