Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 5

Wednesday. 22nd.

Friday. 24th.

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Thursday. 23rd.

Mild but the weather very cloudy and a few drops of rain. I went to town accompanied by my Wife. We hesitated on the way about turning back but finally decided to go on. My time was pleasantly taken up. I first did business and then stopped in at a sale where I purchased for my Wife a Psyche glass1 once the property of Mrs. J. Russell who goes to Europe. Thence I went to the Exhibition of Pictures at the Athenaeum which has lately opened.2 A large number of old pictures, some of which seemed to me uncommonly good. My time passed rapidly in looking at them.

Dined at Mr. Frothingham’s. He brought out some of his Burgundy purchased of the same lot with mine. It has turned. I am mortified and sorry for mine. This Wine is dangerous. At four we started for home and arrived in good season having had a pleasant day. Worked a little in the Garden. Evening fatigued. Retired early.


A full-length mirror swinging in a frame; a cheval-glass ( Webster, 2d edn.).


The Gallery of the Athenaeum, forerunner of the Museum of Fine Arts, housed the nucleus of a permanent collection and since 1827 had held periodic exhibitions (vol. 3:xv, 235). The current exhibition opened on 15 May (Columbian Centinel, p. 2, col. 7).