Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 5

Tuesday. July 1.

Thursday. 3d.

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Wednesday. 2d.

Morning rain so that I omitted my shower bath. Not however without regret as it was sultry. It cleared away so that I went to town. My time for the most part taken up with accounts, and payments.


Had a visit from Mr. New the eldest surviving son of the old barber upon whose Estate I administered.1 He is a Sailor and appears to be a very respectable man. He intimated that he had risen to the command after long service. Yet there seemed something melancholy about him, which I could not get over. My account was briefly given and after sitting idly for half an hour, he left.

To Medford in the rain. Mr. and Mrs. Frothingham dined with us. Pleasant conversation which consumed the afternoon. Evening quietly at home. Looked over King’s survey of Australia.2


On Robert New, the father of CFA’s visitor, see vol. 3:221–222; 4:77.


CFA borrowed from the Athenaeum, Capt. Philip Parker King’s Narrative of a Survey of the Inter-tropical Coasts of Australia, 1818–1822, 2 vols., London, 1827.