Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 5

Thursday. 15.

Saturday. 17.

313 Friday. 16. CFA Friday. 16. CFA
Friday. 16.

Another frost and the day cold although much pleasanter than it has been. I accompanied Mr. Brooks to town, after reading an hour in Ortis, a sort of crazy book of Italian sentiment. The language is charming from its soft sounds notwithstanding. Engaged much of my morning at the house, copying a letter of mine to T. B. Adams1 and finishing off the semi-annual Account which is on the whole a respectable one. I was also occupied in overlooking work for Agency. My Carpenter is a very clever man, but is fond of making new work when old will answer as well. Home to dinner notwithstanding a call to attend a Meeting of the Boylston Market Directors. I have got tired of this business and was elected on a tacit understanding that if not convenient I should absent myself. Madame de Stael and Ovid, Hypermnestra to Lynceus. Quiet evening. My Wife does not recover very rapidly from her cold. Mr. Calhoun’s Speech.2

1.

LbC, Adams Papers. Lt. Adams was at Allegheny Arsenal in Pittsburgh. His reply of 25 May is also in the Adams Papers.

2.

Calhoun’s speech on the President’s protest to the Senate was delivered in the Senate on 6 May. It was printed promptly in several papers but did not appear in the National Intelligencer until 17 May (p. 2, cols. 1–5).