Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 3

Monday. 16th.

Wednesday. 18th.

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Tuesday 17th.

Morning cloudy, which afterwards changed and became a warm and heavy rain throughout the day and evening. I went to the Office and was very busily engaged in making an assignment according to Mr. Curtis’ paper and request to me. I was so doubtful as to the form that I went to consult with Mr. Kinsman and after some conversation I made out An Indenture of two parts assigning to General Salem Towne all the Interest which the Executors had to certain Notes and Papers relating to a particular Estate at Mount Desart in the State of Maine. The finishing the thing occupied me very nearly the whole morning as I had also to draw up a kind of quitclaim in case any land remained unsold. Mr. Curtis called to see me for a moment but he had changed his mind about the Papers and so left them again with me. I was glad of this as I shall still have an opportunity of Drawing up an explanation of my own deed as differing from that of Mr. Curtis, the lawyer consulted by him.

I returned home and in the afternoon read my usual quantity of Aeschines which was easy and rather interesting. I comprehend this Oration infinitely more fully than I had expected. Perhaps had I continued Greek I should now have been perfectly master of the Language and just at the Age to begin to relish it. As it is I have hardly the time to pursue it. But I find the difficulty of not having a Greek and English Dictionary which must facilitate the study considerably. Having become a Member of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge I was desirous to hear the Introductory Lecture for the Winter course this evening,1 but it stormed so hard and my wife seemed so lonely I decided upon remaining at home and finishing the second Volume of Clarissa Harlowe in reading aloud to her. I also concluded the life of Admiral Blake, which is not much.


Recently formed, the Boston Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge currently had as its president, Daniel Webster. The lecturers for the year were Webster, Edward and Alexander Everett, Dr. Walter Channing, Professor Francis Lieber, Rev. Alonso Potter, Dr. John Park, Dr. Chandler Robbins, William Sullivan, and John Pickering ( Mass. Register, 1830, p. 159). The lectures were regularly held at the Boston Athenaeum on Pearl Street (see below, entry for 5 Feb. 1830).