Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 3

Tuesday. 29th.

October 1829. Thursday. October 1st.

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Wednesday. 30th.

My morning after going to the Office was very much taken up by the calls of different individuals, and though my cold made me suffer exceedingly I did not feel able to abandon myself to it. My father came in to make some arrangment in respect to the Affairs of Mr. Boylston which he succeeded this time in completing. My Uncle called for his quarterly payment due tomorrow, which I paid in advance, as I did also both the girls.1 Col. Davis called to see my father and to request a conversation.2 Mr. Curtis came in about Mr. Boylston’s Affairs, Mr. P. Whitney to notify me of his abandoning the House in Court Street formally, as he was a little out of temper about my binding him for another quarter. I was engaged also in making up the Accounts of the Agency for the quarter and the Bills for the next quarter. Thus my time passed until dinner.

The afternoon was passed in a walk with Abby, making some purchases for Miss Smith at Quincy, and calling to see Mr. Cruft about my father’s library which I was to see about transporting. He was not at home but I saw his wife, her Mother Mrs. Smith and brother.3 She could not however inform me of any thing. I then returned home and passed some time in my study–The noise which the military were making on the Common interrupting me considerably. It was a horrible day of Review. Evening at home, reading aloud a little of the Man of Feeling, to Abby, my cold having improved.

1.

The two daughters of TBA, namely Abigail Smith Adams (mentioned earlier in this volume) and Elizabeth Coombs Adams (1808–1903) (ECA), being both of age, received their proportionate share of interest on mortgages under the terms of JA’s will. The payments to each were $45 quarterly. For himself and his four minor sons, TBA received $225 quarterly. See vol. 1:99, 2:387; M/CFA/3; JA, Will, inventory, and estate papers, Adams Papers, Microfilms, Reel No. 181; Adams Genealogy.

2.

On John Brazer Davis, see entry for 31 Oct., below.

3.

Edward Cruft, merchant, lived at 6 Pearl Street ( Boston Directory, 1829–1830). His wife, the former Elizabeth Storer Smith (1789–1859), was a daughter of Hannah (Carter) Smith (b. 1764) and William Smith (1755–1816) who was a first cousin of AA. The brother spoken of is probably Thomas Carter Smith (1796–1880). See vol. 1:224, 334; 2:19; and Adams Genealogy.