Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 5

Friday. 16.

Sunday. 18.

Saturday. 17. CFA Saturday. 17. CFA
Saturday. 17.

Weather better today although still very far from warm. I went to town accompanied by Mr. Brooks. Walk to the Estate, corner of Boylston Street to examine the premises and see the necessity of repair. Concluded against any more work. The outlay is considerable already. Proper attention to an estate like my father’s involves a vast deal of time requisite to be spent upon it. I take more interest in it than nine agents out of ten and yet, if I was myself the owner, I think I should improve upon my present amount. Mr. Carr came in from Quincy and made a settlement with me for his farm. I then arranged Accounts and returned with Mr. Brooks to Medford. Afternoon at home, reading Mandeville. Mrs. Palfrey and Miss Russell from Cambridge interrupted me. Ovid, Sappho to Phaon. Evening, Hume’s Essays.1

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Two copies of David Hume’s Essays are at MQA, one CFA’s, 2 vols., London, 1788; one JQA’s, 2 vols., Georgetown, D.C., 1817.