Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 5

Thursday. 17th.

Saturday. 19th.

Friday. 18th. CFA Friday. 18th. CFA
Friday. 18th.

A change in the Weather and much cooler. I went to town with my father in the Carriage. Time much occupied with commissions of various sorts. Called upon Col. Thayer of the Army with a Thermometer which my father was entrusted with at Washington. He has a small, pleasant house in Allen Street. My errand was to inquire if the fortifications in Boston Harbor were to be commenced immediately. He showed to me the official Letter which was pretty explicitly in the negative.1 Thus goes the Government. A fear of a deficiency in the Revenue prompts this course.

I then joined my Wife and Mrs. Frothingham in a visit to Mr. and Mrs. Lothrop—He being now installed as Minister of the Brattle Square Church.2 This done I was next busy in dispatching my father to Quincy after which I joined the party to dine at Mr. Frothingham’s. This consisted only of Mr. Brooks, Mr. McCracken, my wife and myself. Pleasant enough. Then home to Medford. In the evening there was company. Miss Osgoods, Mr. and Mrs. Stetson and Mr. Furness and son.


Col. Sylvanus Thayer, a native of Braintree, in 1833 had completed his long and distinguished term as superintendent of the Military Academy at West Point and begun his tenure as engineer in charge of fortifications at Boston Harbor entrance ( DAB ).


On Samuel Kirkland Lothrop and his wife, the former Mary Lyman Buckminster, see vol. 2:262 and above, entry for 10 April 1833, note.