Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 5

Wednesday. 20th.

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Thursday. 21st.

A North Easterly mist still so that I thought I would remain at home. My father nevertheless went in the Stage to an Overseers Meeting of Harvard University. I continued my labour of assorting Letters assiduously and pursued the History very assiduously through the periods of 1794 to 1800, 1803 to 1812, and 1815 to 1817, all periods for the most part spent abroad, and all of them deeply affecting the general history of the world as well as the more particular career of the writer. I read these papers and unavoidably contrast my own situation with his. Mortifying enough. The world however is now a different one. The same regard is not now paid to education and all are more uniformly as well as superficially instructed, which breeds great self opinion. A much smaller disposition to concede superiority and a greater one to control it. After all the excuse is not satisfactory. Read a little of Ovid. Evening, a game of Whist.