Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 5

Monday. 6th.

Wednesday. 8th.

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Tuesday. 7th.

I remained out of town today to do business here. The weather was exceedingly warm and terminated in the evening with a slight shower. I walked to the Houses at the foot of Payne’s hill for the purpose of collecting the rents which have been due there for some time. Saw one of the Tenants and obtained a little, the others I did not see. From thence, I went to the Canal stopping on my way at Mrs. Adams’ to pay a short visit there. Mrs. Greenough a sister of her’s is with her.1 My business at the Canal was to inquire what would be the cost of Stone steps for the house in Court Street,2 which having ascertained I went on to Mount Wollaston. The Orchard looks barely alive, and the Tenants seem to do every thing they can to destroy it. I am still hoping however that in this case some good may yet come from my suggestions. The view from the hill as lovely as ever. I should delight in a house on this spot, but my means and my disposition are unequal to the thing.3 Returned home pretty well fatigued. Afternoon, Catalogue and a little of Horace. The time passes here very rapidly and yet very quietly. Conversation in the evening.

83 1.

Mary Harrod of Haverhill was the second wife of William Greenough ( NEHGR , 17 [1863]:168).

2.

Shipment of granite from the Quincy quarries was a principal element in the commerce of the Quincy Canal Wharf.

3.

The charm and the temptation exerted by Mount Wollaston on CFA and on other Adamses were deeply rooted; see vol. 3:268, 309–310; 4:362–363.