Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 4

Monday. August 1st.

Wednesday. 3d.

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Tuesday. 2d.

The weather very sultry, though cloudy. After reading my usual portion of Aristotle, I went to the Office. Time passed quietly and with only one or two interruptions. I. Hull Adams came from Quincy and called in to say a word, and my father’s man John Kirke. I read a little of the second Volume of the Defence, looked over my Accounts and went to a sale of Wine to see how it was, but did not feel like paying a high price for it. Called in at Mr. Brooks, and upon my return at the Office I sat down to copying my Father’s Bible Letters, the originals of which I found in a much damaged state, in the Papers of George.1

Returned home and spent the Afternoon in reading Cicero’s Letters. They are very interesting. The Author throws himself out of his Robe. These however still have an under dress. The letters to Atticus are said to display the man naked. My Mother and Wife went to Charlestown to pay a visit or two, so that we took Tea late. T. B. Adams Jr. called and passed the Evening. He has just returned from a Journey of considerable length.2 After a little talk with my Mother, I read Aristotle and the Spectator.


From 1–8 Sept. 1811 to 4 April 1813 JQA in St. Petersburg addressed eleven letters on the study of the Bible to GWA in Quincy. All the letters are in the Adams Papers. Copies early circulated in MS form and CFA later published the letters in an appendix to the enlarged 4th edition of his Letters of Mrs. Adams, the Wife of John Adams, Boston, 1848, p. 427–472.


At about this time he visited his cousin, Mrs. John Peter de Windt, at Fishkill Landing, N.Y. (JQA, Diary, 20 Aug.).