Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 3

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Tuesday. 17th.

Morning to town as usual. Weather cloudy and warm. I thought I would take this opportunity to go and make a purchase of wine for my father, and at the same time get the Certificate for the Boylston Insurance Stock. Mr. Baldwin the President of it appears to be a very sensible man and manages on principles which I believe to be very secure.1 Stock of this kind is always hazardous, therefore the wise course is to make it as little so as possible. I talked with him some time very pleasantly, and then went on my course. At Messrs. J. D. and 303M. Williams, I purchased for my father one quarter Cask of Sherry and for myself half the quantity of Port Wine. They both seemed to me of excellent kinds, but the price to be paid for them was very considerable. I did not return to my Office until quite late and had only time for a very few minutes reading of Hutchinson. Returned to Quincy to dine and passed the Afternoon as usual making my Catalogue very busily indeed. But the labour of this work is no trifle. I felt very much fatigued.

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Aaron Baldwin was the president of the Boylston Fire and Marine Insurance Co. and of the Washington Bank ( Boston Directory, 1830–1831).