Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 2

101 Thursday 25th.<a xmlns="http://www.tei-c.org/ns/1.0" href="#DCA02d569n1" class="note" id="DCA02d569n1a">1</a> CFA Thursday 25th. CFA
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Evening at the Concert. Miss Gillingham’s sung tolerably well only. I was with Mrs. Everett and Miss Brooks much of the evening.2


CFA again spent the morning at home, reading Voltaire and Spenser, which he now called “superficial reading” (D/CFA/1).


Ward Chipman Brooks (1804–1828), a brother of Mrs. Everett and Abigail B. Brooks, was also present (D/CFA/1.) See Adams Genealogy.

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Friday 26th.

A dinner at home. Nothing very extraordinary. The party consisting of the dinner, very stupid.

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Went to the French Minister’s. A very dark evening indeed. So much so that we could with difficulty keep the road, although it was straight all the way. Very few people there this evening in consequence. And I had quite a dull evening.


CFA spent the morning at home, reading Voltaire and Spenser and working on the Executive Record (D/CFA/1).

28. IX:15.<a xmlns="http://www.tei-c.org/ns/1.0" href="#DCA02d572n1" class="note" id="DCA02d572n1a">1</a> CFA 28. IX:15. CFA
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Morning at home, writing, Executive record, Voltaire, Spenser, evening at home, family.


From D/CFA/1.

Monday 29th.<a xmlns="http://www.tei-c.org/ns/1.0" href="#DCA02d573n1" class="note" id="DCA02d573n1a">1</a> CFA Monday 29th. CFA
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Another Concert of the Miss Gillinghams and others for the relief of the Alexandria sufferers. I went in deshabille and was so ashamed of it, I could hardly remain. Introduced to Mr. Macready, the English actor.2


From D/CFA/5. In the morning CFA remained at home, reading Voltaire and Spenser and working on the Executive Record (D/CFA/1).


William Charles Macready (1793–1873), the English actor and theatrical manager, who was making his first visit to America.

Tuesday 30th.<a xmlns="http://www.tei-c.org/ns/1.0" href="#DCA02d574n1" class="note" id="DCA02d574n1a">1</a> CFA Tuesday 30th. CFA
Tuesday 30th.1

Walked to the Capitol but remained there only a few moments. In the evening, I went to a Private Concert given by Mr. Vaughan. It was rather dull, and I got into a bad humour owing to a difficulty with Mr. Bankhead, as I cannot tolerate rudenesses from foreigners of his pretensions. I had a good deal of conversation with Mr. Macready; he is a pretty agreeable man. We returned before the Concert closed.


In the morning CFA stayed at home, continuing his reading of Voltaire and Spenser (D/CFA/1).