Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 6

Monday. 18th.

Wednesday. 20th.

Tuesday. 19th. CFA Tuesday. 19th. CFA
Tuesday. 19th.

Cloudy. Office where I spent time as usual. Received a letter from Mr. T. B. Johnson dated Baltimore. He sails, I imagine, in one of Mr. Shepherd’s ships. His tone is crusty and does not quite please me. My mother writes that he makes me a present of Leslie’s likenesses of herself and my father.1 I value the present but would almost prefer to refuse it. I will be under no obligations. I am to write to him at London.

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Short walk, home—Livy. Nothing material. Afternoon, Sismondi, and Rose’s translation of Berni. There is something exceedingly eccentric in these Italians and yet when you get hold of them you do not like to leave off.

My spirits were very slightly down today—I do not know why. I am doing nothing useful. I must get back to my work, against which I show much dislike. Evening at home. Madame Junot, whose last volume is wearisome—Her griefs arising from her and her husband’s fault. I sat up very late, as Joseph Adams was returning from his sister’s at Medford.

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The letter from T. B. Johnson has not been found. He had left Washington for Baltimore on the 13th, addressing a note to LCA just before his departure (Adams Papers) in which he expressed his dissatisfaction with CFA for not having sent him a form of power of attorney to receive his dividends. He nevertheless sent along with the note the portraits of JQA and LCA by Charles Leslie “nicely packed” for dispatch to CFA. Word of his intent to give the portraits, which had been done at his order in 1816 and had since been his, had come in a letter written to ABA by LCA on the 14th. LCA writes more at length on Johnson and the gift on the 18th to CFA (both letters in Adams Papers). On the portraits and their history, see Oliver, Portraits of JQA and His Wife , p. 57–64.