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24 August
Every day, twice a day, one saw [John Quincy Adams] standing in the portico, holding his watch in his hand, timing the rising or the setting sun. And every night, kneeling beside his bed, he repeated, "Now I lay me down to sleep," which he had learned from the lips of Abigail Adams. He had said it every night of his life, in Holland, Prussia, Russia, France and England, in Washington, Boston and Quincy. "I say it out loud always," he remarked, "and I don't mumble it either."
-The Flowering of New England

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