Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 1

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Morning at Church, Mr. Little’s1 with Johnson, dinner party, 451family, Mr. Owen2 and Crowninshields, evening company, Mrs. Cutts3 and others.


Robert Little, minister of the Unitarian church in Washington (JQA, Memoirs , 7:324).


Robert Owen (1771–1858), the British social reformer who had made his cotton mills at New Lanark, Scotland, a model community, had come to America to found the New Harmony colony in Indiana ( DNB ).


Presumably Mrs. Richard Cutts, wife of the assistant comptroller of the Treasurer, 1817–1829, and an intimate friend of LCA (Bemis, JQA , 2:537).

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Morning at home, low spirits, lounge, Johnson off, evening at home, family to wedding visit, General Brown’s, Mrs. Kirby.1


Major Edmund Kirby had recently married Eliza A. Brown, daughter of General Jacob Brown (Columbian Centinel, 23 Feb. 1825).

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Weather unpleasant, severe cold, at home all day, dinner party, Genl. La Fayette, Messrs. Stanley, Wortley and Dennison, members of Parliament,1 retire early.


The English visitors were Edward George Geoffrey Smith Stanley, later 14th Earl of Derby (1799–1869), John Stuart-Wortley, 2d Baron Wharncliffe (1801–1855), and John Evelyn Denison, later 1st Viscount Ossington (1800–1873) ( DNB ).

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Weather bad, my cold increased, at home all day, Waverley, English Newspapers, Miss Foote, family at my Uncle’s, to bed early.

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Confined to my room all day, weather very unfavourable, low spirits, dinner party, could not go down, to bed early.

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Weather very pleasant, much better, walk with my brothers, Mr. and Mrs. Smith and Mr. T. B. Johnson to dine, conversation, “society.”

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My cold much worse, at home all day, dull and low spirits, evening, family to Aunt Frye’s, myself to bed early.