Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 3

Wednesday. 3rd.

Friday. 5th.

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Thursday. 4th.

Morning clear after the Storm, though I felt heated and with a slight cold which did not do much to make me comfortable. Went to the Office where I spent some time in writing my Journal and looking over the sales of wood at Weston last year, from which I find that the one held yesterday will probably be considerably more productive than I had supposed. But as yet I have no evidence to judge certainly by.

My time passed in correcting and writing over passages of my Article. Returned home and after dinner, occupied myself in writing over what I had attempted to mature. The defence of the Puritans I have altered considerably, and put a little more care in it as it is the part of the whole which may be most questioned. I hope it will look like a good chain of reasoning at least if many people should hesitate about its soundness.

I was interrupted by the arrival of my father from Quincy who came in to be present at the marriage of Wm. Lee to Mrs. McLean.1 He took occasion to speak to me of my Mother who is suffering from loneliness ever since the departure of her family from Quincy. He is fearful, she may be sick which would not do. I am desirous of doing what I can to prevent it, and therefore asked my Wife to write out an Invitation to come and stay here for a few days.2 I hope she will do this, as she seems unwilling to have us go there. My father went at eight and I read Corinne with my Wife until nine. After which I was writing all the evening.


At six o’clock at 44 Beacon Street, the home of Mrs. Ann Amory (widow of John) McLean, Mrs. McLean and William Lee, a widower, were married. Both had been friends of JQA “in the heyday of youth before either of them was first married.” The bride, aged 57, was the youngest of the numerous Amory clan whom JQA called “social companions of my youth”; the groom, closer to JQA’s age, was a friend from their days in the foreign service. The occasion gave to JQA the opportunity to see once again many of his contemporaries with whom he had been out of touch (vol. 1:50; JQA, Diary, 4 Nov.; NEHGR , 10:65 [Jan. 1856]). The passage from JQA’s journal entry relating to the wedding is printed in A Yankee Jeffersonian, Cambridge, 1958, p. 233–234, being a selection from William Lee’s diary and letters edited by Mary Lee Mann.


Letter missing.