Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 2

127 Saturday May 5th. CFA Saturday May 5th. CFA
Saturday May 5th.

Morning as usual. I commenced another of the volumes of the Record making the fourth. After breakfast I went to sit to Mr. King in consequence of dissatisfaction expressed by my Mother at the resemblance as it stands. I spent the day lazily on the whole, reading only Burke and Tacitus. Evening, a ride and conversation at home.

Sunday. May 6th. CFA Sunday. May 6th. CFA
Sunday. May 6th.

Morning as usual. I employed myself during the day in arranging my papers for the week and month, and wrote a letter to Richardson.1 Hardly any thing else done. Evening at home.

1.

Missing.

Monday 7th. CFA Monday 7th. CFA
Monday 7th.

Morning a little later and consequently studied Geography after breakfast. Law as usual. Received a letter from Abby, which I wrote an answer to directly and which occupied me the remainder of the day. Evening Billiards with the family. I heard to day of the death of my good old Master Dr. Ironside of whom I have said much in the commencement of this book. He was the only Instructor I ever had who ever conciliated my affections. A good, mild tempered, kind-hearted man. There are few who would create in me such feelings of regret. But it is the fate of all sooner or late.

Tuesday 8th. CFA Tuesday 8th. CFA
Tuesday 8th.

Performed the requisite duties of the Morning, but spent the day fishing with John and found better sport than we have yet had this summer. But on my return, I felt so exhausted that I think I shall have to give up these trips in the boat. The rowing is too much for me. Not so much on account of strength however as the fear of receiving injury from the exertion. Evening quietly in my room as the family had gone to pass the Evening at my aunt Frye’s.

Wednesday 9th May. CFA Wednesday 9th May. CFA
Wednesday 9th May.

Morning duties as usual. And law with the rest excepting an hour in which I was engaged in trying to get a tooth extracted but the Dentist had left the City for the day. It has required no ordinary degree of resolution to come to the decision that it should be done, and the delay therefore affected my spirits. Indeed this was one of my deeply melancholy days. God knows, they come often now. We had a party to dine, 128to make the matter worse, as I am in no humor to entertain company at this season of the year. Mrs., Miss and Columbus Munroe, Mrs. Rush Senior, Messrs. Rush and Southard, Dr. and Mrs. Watkins, Mr. Cutts, Mr. Lee, Mrs. Cooper, the bride, and Mr. A. Vail made the company, which was very stupid.