Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 5

Monday. 2d.

Wednesday. 4th.

Tuesday. 3d. CFA Tuesday. 3d. CFA
Tuesday. 3d.

Morning cloudy. I went to the Office. Mr. Conant the younger called on me from Weston about the Farm and discussed the subject of the Lease. I told him of what I proposed to do. It seems both these brothers want the Farm, and very probably will bid upon each other for it. I do not much relish the idea but see no way clearly to help it. After he had gone, I called to see Mr. Hallet and had a long conversation with him. I communicated to him my father’s determination1 and heard his objections which were neither few nor gentle—To all which I tried to reply as well as I could. He said he would write to my father, which I urged him to do.2 I suppose he suspects me a little of partial statements. I am not radical enough. We discussed the Memorial also. Quiet afternoon. Walk. Lord Bacon de Augmentis Scientiarum. Virgil seventh book. Tom Jones and writing to my father. Correspondence Boileau and Racine.

1.

In letters to CFA of 19–21 and 26 Nov. (both in Adams Papers), JQA was unequivocal in his determination to withdraw his name when the choice of governor came up for consideration in the Legislature. “If I were certain of 223being elected and if I had the highest popular vote (short of a Majority) I should still withdraw. I never would be Governor of Massachusetts, but by the voice of the People.” He further granted CFA permission to communicate his intent at CFA’s discretion. Public announcement of the decision would be made at the proper time in a letter JQA would write to the Advocate.

2.

Hallett’s letter to JQA (7 Dec.) is in the Adams Papers.