Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 5

Tuesday. 11th.

Thursday. 13th.

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Wednesday. 12th.

Fine day and mild as May. I went to the Office. Occupied in my Accounts and paying off as many of my engagements as possible. This took me some time. I had some to spare for Jefferson’s Life which I began. I wish to read this with attention and observation.1


Walk. Afternoon, Constant who begins his system while he attacks the habit of system making. Phormio of Terence and as my Wife was out a Speech of Mr. Canning upon the Congress of Verona. It is on many accounts very remarkable. There is some prophecy in it. A person in considering the present state of things feels almost sick at heart. The democratic principle is sweeping with such ravages over us. Mr. Canning foresaw it.

Went to Mrs. S. Gray’s in the evening—The family, and Mr., Mrs. and Miss Sumner. Cards and light supper. On the whole we got through the evening very well. Home by ten.


The reading here begun of Thomas Jefferson Randolph’s 4-volume edition of the Memoir, Correspondence, and Miscellanies of Jefferson had been preceded by the reading of numerous reviews of it, conversations about it, &c., since its appearance in 1829. See above, vols. 3 and 4, passim.