Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 2

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.

Monday 10th. CFA Monday 10th. CFA
Monday 10th.

Found myself much relieved. Suffering now only from the painful effect of the Emetic in straining the throat. Passed the morning at Quincy but rode to Boston in the afternoon in the Chaise with Isaac Hull Adams.1 Saw Richardson at my room who spent an hour with me very pleasantly. Heard the news of the death of Mr. George Canning, prime Minister of England,2 and then returned to Quincy as I came in.


Isaac Hull Adams (1813–1900), son of TBA. See Adams Genealogy.


George Canning had died on 8 Aug. 1827 ( DNB ).

Tuesday. 11th. CFA Tuesday. 11th. CFA
Tuesday. 11th.

Rode to Boston in the Stage finding no farther need of remaining at Quincy. Morning at the Office after which I rode to Medford and found quite a collection there. Among others Mr. and Mrs. Davis of New York, and Mr. Cotton Brooks,1 a brother of Mr. P. C. Brooks, with his daughter, all on a visit. I was slightly unwell.


Cotton Brown Brooks (1765–1834), who was a merchant in Portland (Brooks, Medford , p. 508; Crawford, Mass. Families , 2:197, 225).

Wednesday 12th. CFA Wednesday 12th. CFA
Wednesday 12th.

I drove Abby to Nahant with me, while Mr. Brooks and Mrs. Davis came on in a Carriage. Found a good deal of Company collected there. Among the rest Mrs. Dexter, the wife of Mr. Sam. Dexter of ancient memory.1 She seems a remarkable woman. Also the Miss Crowninshields and Mr. and Mrs. Silsbee and daughter2 with many others too numerous to mention. The day passed pleasantly. Abby pleased me and displeased me. The fault lies so little with her, I cannot blame her; it is in the school she has been educated in, which is not a standard of refinement. Notwithstanding, I was gratified by her general conduct and in one particular instance also. But the day gave me room for much reflection. We did not reach Medford until quite late.


Catherine (Gordon) Dexter was the widow of the late Samuel Dexter, who had served as Secretary of War and as Secretary of the Treasury under JA ( DAB ).


Nathaniel and Mary (Crowninshield) Silsbee. He represented Massachusetts in the House of Representatives from 1817 to 1821 and in the Senate from 1826 to 1835 ( DAB ). Their daughter, Georgiana, married Francis Appleton (Crawford, Mass. Families , 1:106).