Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 5

Tuesday. 22nd.

Thursday. 24th.

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Wednesday. 23d.

Day cloudy with rain. I went to the Office after reading for an hour the story of Gabriel Desodry or the Exalté a novel of Picard.1 At Office engaged in writing and in conversation. Went to the Athenaeum to get a book and from thence to the House of Mr. John Callender to see his Furniture, which is for sale. There was nothing very material. The house is purchased for Dr. Wainwright.2 It is old fashioned, very much in the style of the two owned by my father at the bottom of the Common. Mr. Callender understood good living. He had things about him in fine condition—Not after the modern fashion but substantially good.

Home. Afternoon reading Maritime Discovery of which I finished the first volume. Ovid’s Epistle Oenone to Paris. Mr. Brooks called for a few minutes. Evening, quiet at home. Belinda. I began a trial of a new Article for the Press.3

1.

A copy of Louis Benoit Picard’s L’exalté ou histoire de Gabriel Désodry, 4 vols., Paris, 1824, is in MQA.

2.

The residence of John Callender, late Clerk of the Supreme Judicial Court, was at 26 Mt. Vernon Street, at the corner of Walnut Street ( Boston Directory, 1833; Columbian Centinel, 24 April, p. 3, col. 5). Rev. Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright, later Protestant Episcopal Bishop of New York, was about to assume the pulpit of Trinity Church, Boston ( DAB ).

3.

The attempt came to nothing; see below, entry for 28 April.