Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 2

Saturday 27th.

Monday 29th.

Sunday. 28th. CFA Sunday. 28th. CFA
Sunday. 28th.

Morning at Quincy as Abby remained at Winter Hill to preserve Mrs. Everett from loneliness. Attended divine service in the Church and heard Dr. Lowell preach a Sermon upon providence, rather against his text.1 Caught in the rain on my return. Wrote a long letter to my Mother upon miscellaneous family subjects2 and in the evening conversed with my father. Subject, economy in human affairs.

1.

Charles Lowell, Harvard 1800, was Congregational minister of the West Church on Lynde Street, Boston ( Mass. Register, 1828, p. 111).

2.

CFA begged his mother to disregard the advice of JA2 and to return to Quincy in time for his marriage. “Should you be absent from my wedding,” he 396pleaded, “it would lose half it’s pleasure.” The death of GWA, he felt, left him no choice but to remain permanently in Massachusetts, as the only son who could carry on the family tradition. “I will never desert the State which has sustained us,” he pledged. “I am now wedded to the soil. Nothing shall take me from it” (CFA to LCA, 28 June 1829, Adams Papers).