Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 5

Friday. 15th.

Sunday. 17th.

Saturday. 16th. CFA Saturday. 16th. CFA
Saturday. 16th.

Morning cloudy but it afterwards cleared away. I went to the Office and passed my time in Accounts. I was also engaged in reading the Newspapers, but on the whole I cannot say that my morning was profitably passed. Went to the Athenaeum for the purpose of obtaining a new subject to read at my office but I did not succeed. I believe that my proper course would be now to commence my investigations into the history of our own Country. My principal difficulty is to know where to begin. The field is a tolerably wide one. And a vast deal of it is unknown to me. I must go over it faithfully.

Took a walk. In the afternoon read Anquetil finishing the third 31Volume. Evening, read to my Wife some of Croker’s Legends of Killarney, so poor a book that I do not think I shall be able to get through with it. Afterwards, read German. The little fables of Herder, which are pretty and easy.