Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 4

Thursday. 29th.

Saturday. December 1.

Friday. 30th. CFA Friday. 30th. CFA
Friday. 30th.

Clouds and rain. At the Office. Received letters from both my Parents.1 They are in a tone of uncommon despondency. My father seems to foresee nothing but storms in the approaching Session of Congress. I suppose he will have a due share of them. And his inflexible character will perpetually expose him to suffer by them when others would escape. Be it so. His mind is a deeply conscientious one. His course is always the consequence of a self impressed conviction of duty, which though it may occasionally be wrong, can never fail in the end to be appreciated. I ought not to feel any dread of consequences which may fall upon me. I am but a worm in comparison with the interests of the Country.

Passed a considerable part of the morning at the Athenaeum. It was little better than wasted. Tried to walk but the weather was too bad. Afternoon, began No. 6. of Antimasonry. I find I can accomplish about the same quantity every day. Quiet evening. My Wife continued Malvina, and I read Nollekens.2 Afterwards, I read a German fable with a little more ease.

1.

The letters from LCA written on the 24th and from JQA on the 25th are in the Adams Papers. For JQA’s letter see above, 27 Nov., note, and below, 8 Dec., note. the notes to the entries for 27 Nov., above, and for 8 Dec., below.

2.

That is, the life of the sculptor Joseph Nollekens (1737-1823) which is included in the 3d volume of Cunningham’s Lives of the Most Eminent British Painters and Sculptors.