Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 2

136 Sunday. June 10th. CFA Sunday. June 10th. CFA
Sunday. June 10th.

Morning occupations. A great deal of time occupied in reading and filing Newspapers. An employment very attractive but not very profitable. I wrote to Richardson1 and read some of Captain Cooke but had reason for dissatisfaction upon the whole. Rode with John and evening with the ladies.

1.

Letter missing.

Monday June 11th. CFA Monday June 11th. CFA
Monday June 11th.

I spent the day at home very quietly indeed. Nothing of any kind happened which could be considered remarkable. In the evening after a ride, we went to hear Mrs. Knight sing.1 She gave a Concert this evening which was not much attended. I like her particular style of singing although I cannot admire her voice nor the character of her style. That is to say, I do not think mere ballad singing any very remarkable standard of music. Returned early.

1.

The English vocalist, Mrs. Edward Knight, formerly Mary Ann Povey, who had made her American debut in 1826 (Ireland, Records of the N.Y. Stage, 1:511).

Tuesday June 12th. CFA Tuesday June 12th. CFA
Tuesday June 12th.

At home all day. Whom should I see today upon entering my brother’s room but Mr. Blunt. He is vain and silly as ever but more important than usual. It is a misfortune that his fine talents should be so obscured by his conceit. In the evening I went with the Ladies to Dr. Watkins’. We had a small party and dull as Summer parties usually are. Mrs. Knight sang better this evening. The party was collected to hear her. Received a letter from Abby and wrote a Reply.

Wednesday June 13th. CFA Wednesday June 13th. CFA
Wednesday June 13th.

I arose very early this morning and went out fishing with my brother John. It was some time before we got fairly out and after all we were not very successful. I felt extremely unwell all day, and upon my return decided upon renouncing fishing for the future as the weather has become altogether too warm. Blunt dined with us. Miss Selina Roberdeau took leave. Ride in the evening.

Thursday June 14th. CFA Thursday June 14th. CFA
Thursday June 14th.

I took some Medicine this morning, not feeling well pleased by the symptoms yesterday. This detained me at home all day. It was very warm and in the evening the clouds collected and we had a thunder 137storm. I went to ride with the Ladies, who were going to Mr. T. B. Johnson’s, but the rain threatened and prevented them.