Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 5

Sunday. 9th.

Tuesday. 11th.

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Monday. 10th.

Cool but pleasant. Went to the Office and from thence to the Athenaeum where I spent nearly all my morning. Read the remainder of Mr. Redding’s book upon Wines which is pleasant enough. He recom-276mends strongly the French products but displays such a scene of cheatery of Foreigners as to discourage any one from buying them. The English from their love of strong liquor are however more apt to be deceived than any other Nation—And we through them. Read an Article or two in the Periodicals and found my morning gone.

Walk. In the Afternoon, copied a letter into my book commenced last Summer, of the correspondence of J.A., but since I have had these letters bound and put into a durable shape my zeal flags. Wrote a short letter to my mother,1 sending one of her commissions by Mr. Oliver who goes tomorrow morning to Washington on the Committee to take the Memorial.2 Evening at home, the story of Ennui and German.

1.

Adams Papers.

“The children are pretty well. John keeps his size, though his Mother does not think his beauty half so inexpressible as Louisa’s was. This latter personage is getting to the age when the trials of patience come, and we find her by no means the amiable personage we had flattered ourselves. N’importe. We must call it proper spirit.”

2.

The Memorial to Congress, signed by more than 6,600 Boston citizens and adopted at a meeting in Faneuil Hall on 6 March, urged effective action by the Congress against the “recent usurpations” of the President in fiscal matters, especially as they related to the Bank (Columbian Centinel, 8 March, p. 2, col. 2).