Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 2

157 Saturday September 1st. 1827. CFA Saturday September 1st. 1827. CFA
Saturday September 1st. 1827.

Left Quincy in the Stage for Boston, thinking myself well, but I soon found that my head ache was still upon me. I called at Mrs. F.’s and saw Abby who happened to be in town, and after an hour with her felt satisfied to return to Quincy again in the Stage and resolve upon Medicine.

Sunday September 2d 1827. CFA Sunday September 2d 1827. CFA
Sunday September 2d 1827.

Medicine this morning, at home all day in consequence and in very low spirits. Much conversation with George about our relative prospects and some melancholy reflections upon the appearances in some parts of the family. But these are altogether confined to myself.

Monday. September 3d. 1827. CFA Monday. September 3d. 1827. CFA
Monday. September 3d. 1827.

I rode to Boston in the Stage, and after passing the Morning there, took a Chaise and drove to Medford by the way of Cambridge as it seemed doubtful when I should have the opportunity to see it again. Having obtained a Catalogue of the graduates at the Institution I passed to Medford. A dinner party. Genl. and Miss Van Rensselaer, Mr. and Mrs. Davis of New York,1 Mrs. Blodget of Gibraltar, Chardon Brooks and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Everett, Mr. and Mrs. Frothingham, My father and myself composed the Company. Sat between Abby and Miss Van Rensselaer. The latter is a cold reserved girl in her manners but said to be extremely agreeable when you know her well. Little of any moment took place. A little difficulty between Abby and Mrs. E. of no moment except as it enabled me to study more perfectly the character of the former. Remained at Medford.


Charles Davis, of New York, had married Eliza Bussey, daughter of Benjamin Bussey (Columbian Centinel, 23 Nov. 1803).

Tuesday. 4th. CFA Tuesday. 4th. CFA
Tuesday. 4th.

I drove Abby into Boston. After a bath, heard that John and Johnson Hellen were in town. Went down to see them and found them starting for Lebanon on their return. Called at the Exchange to see my Father, and dined at a Resturateur. In the evening, drove my father to Medford. On the road I had much conversation with my father respecting our prospects and derived but little consolation from him.

Wednesday. 5th. CFA Wednesday. 5th. CFA
Wednesday. 5th.

My father went with Mr. Brooks and Mr. Everett to see the manu-158facturing Establishment at Lowell. I passed the day at Medford. In the afternoon, Henry and Abby and I went in a Carriage to see Mrs. Hall and Mrs. Gray, two Aunts of Abby’s,1 and from there we rode over to Mrs. Everett’s where we remained the rest of the afternoon. The evening was passed at Medford.


Mrs. Nathaniel Hall and Mrs. Samuel Gray, both sisters of P. C. Brooks. See entry for 26 Aug., and note, above.