Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 6

Sunday. 18th.

Tuesday. 20th.

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Monday. 19th.

Cooler. I went out a little earlier. Read my No. 1 in the Newspapers and notwithstanding an error or two in the printing it pleased me pretty well.1 Office where I finished my No. 2.

I then went into State Street and attended a Meeting of the Directors of the Middlesex Canal previous to the Annual one. The Report of the Agent was read and proved satisfactory. A Dividend was also declared of thirty dollars on a share. This is very great, and owing to the interference of the Lowell Rail Road will probably be diminished in future. But I cannot yet help hoping that this will be some support to my father in his falling fortunes. Yet this fluctuation of all property of this sort in America is a great lesson against all such enterprizes.

Walk. Read a good deal of the first book of the Fasti. In the afternoon, attended a Meeting of the Directors of the Boylston Market previous to the Annual one. Accounts of the Treasurer to be settled &ca. Nothing more. Home. Evening Travelling book and d’Israeli.

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CFA’s series of articles generally directed against the presidential candidacy of Daniel Webster bore the title “Political Speculation” and the signature “A Whig Antimason.” Though numbered consecutively and consisting of nine articles and a postscript, the series was written and published at two distinct periods, Jan.-Feb. and May-June in the Boston Daily Advocate (No. 1, 19 Jan., p. 2, cols. 3–4; No. 3 sic, 21 Jan., p. 2, cols. 4–5; No. 3, 4 Feb., p. 2, cols. 1–2; No. 4, 25 Feb., p. 2, col. 5; No. 5, 25 May, p. 2, cols. 2–3; No. 6, 27 May, p. 2, cols. 1–2; No. 7, 4 June, p. 2, cols. 1–2; No. 8, 9 June, p. 2, cols. 3–4; No. 9, 16 June, p. 2, cols. 3–5; Postscript, 20 June, p. 2, col. 3). On the circumstances causing CFA to undertake the second unit, see below, entry of 22 May.