Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 1

March 1824.<a xmlns="http://www.tei-c.org/ns/1.0" href="#DCA01d115n1" class="note" id="DCA01d115n1a">1</a> Monday. 1. VIII. CFA March 1824. Monday. 1. VIII. CFA
March 1824.1 Monday. 1. VIII.

Missed Prayers and recitations all day, quiet at home, Dr. Johnson, Life of Pope,2 evening at home.


This and the following entries through 15 April are from D/CFA/1, which the diarist called an “Index.” For a description of CFA’s MS Diaries see the Introduction.


CFA’s set of Samuel Johnson’s Works, 12 vols., London, 1823, is in the Stone Library, but he apparently did not own it at this time. See entry for 17 July, below. Perhaps he read JA’s copy of Samuel Johnson, The Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets, London, 1783, which is among JA’s books in the Boston Public Library ( Catalogue of JA’s Library , p. 131).

2. VI. CFA 2. VI. CFA
2. VI.

Prayers, recitation, Enfield.1 Lectures, Mr. Willard,2 Mr. Farrar,3 Tacitus, evening, Lyceum Club, admission of members, Dwight.


JQA’s copy of William Enfield, Institutes of Natural Philosophy, Theoretical and Experimental, London, 1785, is in the Stone Library and has CFA’s signature on the flyleaf.


Sidney Willard, Harvard 1798, was Hancock professor of Hebrew and other oriental languages at Harvard from 1807 to 1831 ( Harvard Quinquennial Cat. ).


John Farrar, Harvard 1803, was Hollis professor of mathematics and natural philosophy at Harvard from 1807 to 1836 (same).

3. VI:2 CFA 3. VI:2 CFA
3. VI:2

Missed Prayers, recitation, Enfield, Spanish, Tacitus, lecture, Mr. Willard, Mr. Farrar, evening to Boston, Tudor, Theatre, Romeo and Juliet, Mr. Conway.1


William A. Conway, the English tragedian who made his debut in New York in January 1824 (Hornblow, Theater , 1:316–318).

4. VI. CFA 4. VI. CFA
4. VI.

Prayers, recitation, Enfield, a Forensic, Tacitus, Mr. Otis,1 evening at home.


Rev. George Otis, Harvard 1815, was tutor at Harvard from 1820 to 1826 and later became professor of Latin ( Harvard Quinquennial Cat. ).

5. VI. CFA 5. VI. CFA
5. VI.

Prayers, recitation, Enfield, Spanish, Lectures, Mr. Willard, Mr. Farrar, Declamation, evening at Wheatland’s, Blackstrap. 1


Blackstrap was a mixture of liquor (usually rum) and molasses.

6. VI. CFA 6. VI. CFA
6. VI.

Prayers, recitation, Enfield, Lecture, Mr. Willard, day quiet at home, Belknap’s Biography,1 evening at Sheafe’s, Champagne.


JQA’s copy of Jeremy Belknap, American Biography, 2 vols., Boston, 1794–1798, is in the Stone Library; another copy, published in 1798, is among JA’s books in the Boston Public Library ( Catalogue of JA’s Library , p. 23).