Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 6

Wednesday. 2d.

Friday. 4th.

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Thursday. 3d.

Morning unusually cold. I went to the Office and was occupied as usual in my Accounts. Mr. Degrand called upon me and I made sale of my stock, transferring it and receiving the money. I then called in to see Mr. Derby and arrange with him respecting the contract for the sale of the House. He cannot procure a release from the Massachusetts Life Insurance Office, so that I must take the House loaded with a Mortgage. This is not so well. I also made contract with Mr. Degrand respecting other monies and on the whole passed an extremely busy day of it. Home however in time to read Livy which is an amusement I dislike much to lose. Afternoon, Mr. Slade and Niebuhr.

Evening went to see Mr. Brooks. The usual family evening. Mr. Frothingham and his Wife, Mr. Everett and his Wife, Edward Brooks and ourselves with the addition of Mr. B. Gorham his Wife and son William—A very pretty Supper and pleasant time. But at the close there were indications of a heavy thunder squall—The Warren Bridge by the lapsing of the Act collecting Tolls yesterday became free and the occasion was taken at Charlestown to make a celebration to which Governor Everett forgetful of is relations with Mr. Brooks was asked and did attend.1 He made a Speech in many respects insulting which coming to Edward’s ears irritated him so much as to make him ungovernable. Luckily my Wife was close by him and kept him amused in partial conversation until late, but just as we rose from table, the conversation happening to turn that way, Mr. Everett became the mark of some biting observations. He had the good sense to make no reply—And thus the matter ended. On returning home with Edward I found him just in that state of excitement which becomes quite regardless of restraint. I profoundly pity Mr. Everett who from the day of entering a political career with many triumphs has perpetually had occasion to perceive how unfit a coward is for the storms of the popular sea.

1.

When a charter was granted to the Warren Bridge Corporation to construct a toll bridge in 1828, stipulation was made that the bridge should revert to the State upon recovery by the proprietors of construction costs (see vol. 2:264). 345Over the protests of the holders of the Corporation’s stock, of whom Peter C. Brooks was one, the legislature effectively made the bridge a free one beginning at midnight on 1 March 1836. At that moment a celebration began by the ringing of bells, the firing of cannon, and the lighting of bonfires. The celebration took on a more formal character on 2 March with the participation of the officers of government and members of the legislature (Columbian Centinel, 3 March, p. 2, col. 3).