Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 2

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.

Thursday. 6th. CFA Thursday. 6th. CFA
Thursday. 6th.

Returned to Boston this morning with my father and passed it at the office in reading Law. Dined at Dr. Parkman’s.1 Messrs. Francis and Daniel Parkman,2 Everett, F. C. Gray,3 Thacher,4 Everett,5 Clay, Lyman, Frothingham, my father, George and I composed the Company. After dinner, I returned to my room and passed the Evening in writing.


George Parkman, Harvard 1809, the Boston physician who was later murdered by Professor John White Webster, lived at 1 Cambridge Street ( Boston Directory, 1829–1830).


Francis Parkman, Harvard 1807; and Daniel Parkman, Harvard 1813.


Francis Calley Gray (1790–1856), a leading Boston lawyer, who frequently represented the city in the state legislature and gave much of his time to raising funds for Harvard College ( DAB ).


Presumably Peter O. Thacher, judge of the Boston municipal court, who lived at 10 Chesnut Street ( Boston Directory, 1829–1830).


The repetition is in MS.

Friday. 7th. CFA Friday. 7th. CFA
Friday. 7th.

Day passed very quietly at the Office, reading Law. Saw the Miss Carters at tea.1 They are boarded at the house.


Presumably the daughters of James Carter, a Boston merchant, who married Ann Parsons. One of the sisters, Ann (or Anne), was a close friend of Abigail B. Brooks. See entry for 23 Nov., below, and Abigail B. Brooks to CFA, 28 April 1827, Adams Papers.

Saturday. 8th. CFA Saturday. 8th. CFA
Saturday. 8th.

Morning at the Office, but as I did not like the idea of passing Sunday in Boston, I went to Quincy in the Stage. Elizabeth Adams was in the Stage. On arriving we found Miss Selden, Miss Hanson, Mr. Montoya, and an Uncle of the first lady, paying a visit to the family. They are on a tour. My father did not return till late from the rail road.

Sunday. 9th. CFA Sunday. 9th. CFA
Sunday. 9th.

I amused myself in the morning with a perusal of my father’s article on the Colonial trade written for the last Number of the 159Quarterly Review.1 It is able and controversial, not without some of his usual pungency. In the afternoon went to Meeting and in the evening found myself seized with a violent attack threatening Cholera Morbus in consequence of which I was up with an Emetic.


The American Quarterly Review (1:267–306 [Sept.] 1827) carried a review giving long extracts from Documents from the State Department Relative to Colonial Trade (Senate Document No. 1, 19 Cong., 2 sess.), consisting largely of letters written by JQA as Secretary of State.