Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 5

Friday. 21st.

Sunday. 23d.

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Saturday. 22d.

A cold and very windy day, much in character with the month. I amused myself this morning with reading Baron d’Haussez upon the 282manners and Institutions of England. He treats Great Britain pretty much as Hamilton does America.1 He pushes forward the unfavorable side. There is truth in each picture but it is overcharged.

Office. Read a good deal of Jefferson but not interesting. His early correspondence is flat compared to my Grandfather’s. He had more judgment and less genius than my grandfather, yet he was less sound in his theories which is remarkable.

Walk. Dined with a party at Mr. Brooks—Messrs. Shepherd, W. Wells, Kirk Boott, G. Bancroft, Palfrey, Story, Col. Baldwin, Edward, P. C. Brooks Jr. and myself. A very handsome dinner and tolerably pleasant, but not remarkable. I returned home at sunset. Quiet evening. Finished Almeria. Read d’Haussez.

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On the preceding day CFA had borrowed from the Athenaeum, Great Britain in 1833 by Charles Lemercher de Longpré, Baron d’Haussez, 2 vols., London, 1833, and Men and Manners in America by Capt. Thomas Hamilton, 2 vols., Edinburgh, 1833.