Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 5

Wednesday. 23d.

Friday. 25th.

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Thursday. 24th.

Fine day but cool. I went out early. Read the Newspapers and called at the Office. Then attended the Sale at Mr. Callender’s for the purpose of purchasing by request of Mr. Brooks a set of China which was offered. I did not succeed but bought one or two articles for myself. This kept me until eleven and I wasted the rest of the time. This is too often my only record. Walk.

The President of the United States has sent to the Senate another Message explaining away the most offensive claim in his former one.1 This is a curious Spectacle. The Chief Magistrate of the Nation does not know twenty four hours together what he does mean. Afternoon, I wrote busily upon my new undertaking. I do not know what the suc-301cess of it will be. Probably another self delusion. At any rate it takes up my time.

In the evening, we went to the Theatre to hear Mr. and Mrs. Wood in Cinderella. The music of this piece is still charming although I have heard it so often. Mrs. Wood gives her part an effect which I have not seen equaled since Malibran. Yet some of Mrs. Austin’s notes are sweeter. He is a very admirable singer although the compass of his voice is not great, and he has little or no rich melody, charming as Garcia did or the tremendous Angrisani.2 Home late. The lower parts were performed in a very spirited manner—Although it is a little singular that there are no even tolerable voices.

1.

The supplementary Message in explanation was printed, along with an account of the debate in the Senate occasioned by it, in the National Intelligencer, 22 April (p. 3, cols. 2–3, 4).

2.

The adaptation of Rossini’s Cenerentola had pleased CFA since he first heard it sung by Garcia’s troupe in 1826. The singing of Manuel Garcia, of his daughter, Mrs. Malibran, and of Angrisani at that time, and of Mrs. Elizabeth Austin on later occasions, provided benchmarks for CFA against which the performances of others were customarily measured (vol. 2:54–60, passim; 4:ix, 263–264, 283; entries for 14 Jan., 12, 19 Dec. 1833, above).