Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 8

Monday 31st.

January 1839. Tuesday 1st.

[Titlepage] CFA [Titlepage] CFA
No. 13. Diary 1 January 1839 23 May 18411

“It is not worth while to be concerned, what he says or thinks, who says or thinks only as he is directed by another.”


“Every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things.”

1. Cor. 9. 25.
Would you then learn to dissipate the band Of these huge threatening difficulties dire, That in the weak man’s way like lions stand, His soul appal, and damp his rising fire? 164 Resolve, resolve, and to be men aspire. Exert the noblest privilege, alone Here to mankind indulg’d: control desire: Let godlike reason from her sovereign throne, Speak the commanding word, I will—and it is done. Thomson

Titlepage of D/CFA/13 (Adams Papers, Microfilms, Reel No. 65), which begins where D/CFA/12 ends and in which are contained all the journal entries CFA made between the terminal dates indicated here. An explanation of the discrepancy between CFA’s numbering of his Diary volumes and the Adams Papers serial numbering is given at vol. 1:xxxviii–xl. For a description of this Diary MS and of the other MSS from which the printed text of vols. 7 and 8 of the present edition is derived, see the Introduction.