Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 5

Sunday. 6th.

Tuesday. 8th.

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Monday. 7th.

Fine morning though the Weather was colder than it had been. The child does not appear to be materially relieved. I am anxious about her. Went to the Office. Accounts and Diary took up the time. Gulliver sent and settled his Acct. by compromise. I was glad to get any thing. My Writ was the last resource and I had thought it unavailing. But it seems to have done the thing. Mr. Geitner also called in and paid on account. This gives breathing time to my money affairs.

Took a walk. Mr. Brooks and his son P. C. Jr. dined with me. After dinner, I went to a Meeting of the Directors of the Boylston Market Association. All present. Accounts looked over. Nothing done.1 Thence to the Annual Meeting of the Proprietors of the Athenaeum. Election of Trustees. Col. Perkins declines. Mr. F. C. Gray chosen. Ticknor, Vice-President. I do not admire all these People.2

Return to tea. The child has had a Leech applied and taken Medicine, but the inflammation continues. It is always painful to see a person suffering, but when that person is a child it is ten times increased. Finished Burns. No fire in my study so I read Ruffhead in the Parlour. Mr. Everett sent home my Article. I read it over coolly.

1.

CFA had become a director and the clerk of the Boylston Market two years earlier (vol. 3:417) to represent JQA’s shares in the Association.

2.

On CFA’s attitude toward Boston’s men of wealth and station who, among the proprietors of the Boston Athenaeum, currently filled its offices, see vol. 1:312; 3:xxx, 124.