Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 5

Sunday. 13th.

Tuesday. 15th.

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Monday. 14th.

Milder with the wind more from the Southward. I went to the Office. But my time was not very usefully taken up. After getting through ordinary duties, I attended the annual Meeting of the Stockholders of the Suffolk Insurance Company—My Stock there being sufficient to make it an object. The Report of the President was very satisfactory. For seven years they have never omitted a Dividend, and now they have forty five thousand dollars in crib1 over the Capital. They have also paid seventy odd thousand dollars for losses during the last year. It seems to me that on the whole it is fair to suppose that in the run of any seven years with the same direction no worse fortune may be expected inasmuch as the losses have been twice within those seven years excessive. I am glad to hear this Account inasmuch as my investments here have been at a high rate of premium, and I was fearful I had been hasty.

Took a walk and then home. After dinner wrote on the article which I am rapidly closing. At five went to the Athenaeum to a Meeting of the Stockholders about one or two motions to increase the privileges of the Reading public. I expected a debate but nothing took place. Voted against the motions and then went to the Tremont House to meet my Wife and Mrs. Gorham Brooks with whom I crossed over to the Theatre.2 Mr. Sinclair and Mrs. Austin in Cinderella. The Music of that Opera charms me always, and I prefer her singing a thousand times over to that of Miss Hughes. The mere Spectacle went wrong perpetually.3 We returned rather late.

1.

That is, in reserve or storage, by abbreviation and transfer from corncrib ( Dict. of Americanisms ). The transfer might have come equally well from the name given to the reserve pile of cards in cribbage ( OED ).

2.

On the two impressive structures designed by Isaiah Rogers and located on opposite sides of Tremont Street, see vol. 3:xiii–xiv.

3.

The singing of Mrs. Elizabeth Austin, especially in the adaptation of 11Rossini’s Cenerentola, was one of CFA’s persistent enthusiasms; see vol. 4:ix, 263–264, 283. He writes of the operatic season in Boston and comments on the principal performers in a letter to LCA (27 Jan., Adams Papers).