Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 2

Tuesday. 2d. CFA Tuesday. 2d. CFA
Tuesday. 2d.

Went to Boston in the Stage, and passed the Morning at the Office. After dinner or rather after the time usually allowed to dining I prepared to go to dine with Mr. Mason.1 The weather was abominably rainy. My father called for me. Company were Messrs. Webster, Everett, Quincy, I. P. Davis,2 F. Gray, Guild,3 Gardner of Maine,167Dr. Warren, and some few others whom I did not know. Dinner so-so. I hope this is the last. Returned to my room, my father went to Quincy.


Jonathan Mason Jr. (1756–1831), a former law clerk of JA’s who had made a fortune in Boston real estate and had served in the United States Senate from 1800 to 1803, lived at 9 Summer Street ( Adams Family Correspondence , 1:280; Boston Directory, 1829–1830).


Isaac P. Davis, who lived at 8 Winthrop Place, owned large amounts of Boston and Cambridge real estate ( Boston Directory, 1829–1830; Boston Freeholders, 1822, p. 59).


Benjamin Guild, Harvard 1804, had his law office at 5 Court Street ( Boston Directory, 1829–1830).

Wednesday 3d. CFA Wednesday 3d. CFA
Wednesday 3d.

Morning at the Office. Call at Dr. Gorham’s according to request to see Abby. She had just gone. Miss Julia Gorham is an intimate friend of her’s.1 Went to her brother Chardon’s in the afternoon. Met Mr. John Heard there, the father of Chardon’s wife.2 Abby came in soon after as did Miss Charlotte Gray. In the evening I returned in a Carriage and took them both to Mr. Richard D. Tucker’s to pay the Wedding visit to Miss Tucker, married this evening to Mr. Parker.3 These young ladies having been school Companions. Not many persons there, and but few of my acquaintance. On my return, I stopped and took Supper pleasantly at Mrs. C. Brooks’s.


John Gorham (1783–1829), Harvard 1801, was Erving professor of chemistry at Harvard from 1816 to 1827. His “pretty, amiable and interesting” daughter, Julia Gorham, later married Richard Robins. ( Harvard Quinquennial Cat. ; GWA to LCA, 3 Jan. 1828, Adams Papers; Columbian Centinel, 10 Oct. 1835.)


See Adams Genealogy.


Anna Tucker, daughter of Richard D. Tucker, a Boston merchant, had just married James Parker (Boston Daily Advertiser, 6 Oct. 1827).

Thursday. 4th. CFA Thursday. 4th. CFA
Thursday. 4th.

Morning at the Office excepting a call at Dr. Gorham’s which consumed an hour and a half. But this prevented my going in the afternoon so I progressed rapidly in the Law. In the evening, went to the Exchange to see John. My father had gone to see Mr. Brooks at Medford much to my surprise. I passed the evening and took Supper with John.

Friday 5th. CFA Friday 5th. CFA
Friday 5th.

Breakfasted with John at the Exchange. Read law a couple of hours at the Office and then went round with John paying visits, which occupied us until dinner which I took with John and George at the Exchange. After it John and I rode to Winter Hill and passed an hour with Mrs. Everett, and from thence to Medford where we drank tea. 168I returned to take leave of my father and dress myself for a party. I rode down to Dr. Gorham’s, took up Abby and then went to Mrs. Jones’s, a lady I never knew nor heard of before. A small party of young people, and rather dull. My head ached from fatigue.