Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 3

Wednesday. 21st.

Friday. 23d.

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Thursday. 22d.

I accomplished more this morning than usual before going to the Office, and my library in which my servant had made a Fire was so comfortable I regretted exceedingly to leave it. At the Office my time 53was better spent than usual as I completed a considerable portion of Marshall on the nature of Warranty in Insurance notwithstanding a number of interruptions from various people, some calling for Money, others about the Tenement which Orcutt is about to vacate. This seems to be in much demand as no less than three people have been this morning for it in addition to others heretofore. The only danger in these cases is as to the admission of persons of doubtful character or credit, no security being required. I saw a person today whom I should be willing to admit, as she looked tolerably respectable. The morning passed in this manner rapidly until I found it had reached the time when I promised to go to Medford with Abby. I was obliged therefore to hurry home and found myself just in time. We had a pleasant though a cold ride, as I had not clothed myself as a man should in these times. But in walking in the sun in town, the weather is deceptive. We found Mr. and Mrs. Brooks as usual, Chardon and his Wife, and Mr. Burnap, the Clergyman in Baltimore, a very disagreeable man.1 My appetite was somewhat improved by the Country Air, and on the whole we did justice to the fare. Judge and Mrs. Lyman of Northampton came in after dinner and passed the afternoon.2 They are friends of Mr. and Mrs. Brooks and he is an agreeable and gentlemanly man. At this season the sun sets early and as Abby was desirous of returning home before night, we started at about sunset, and stopping only a moment at Mr. Everett’s to find them not at home, we reached our own house to take Tea and for me afterwards to read a little of La Harpe with the usual five Chapters of St. Luke.

1.

Rev. George Washington Burnap, a distant kinsman of Peter C. Brooks, was a nephew of Massachusetts governor John Brooks (d. 1825); see vol. 1:238, 2:155; JQA, Diary, 26 Aug. 1827; Brooks, Farm Journal, 26 Aug. 1827, 22 Oct. 1829.

2.

Probably Levi Lyman, chairman of commissioners and register of deeds, Hampshire co. ( Mass. Register, 1829).