Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 2

Wednesday. 14th. CFA Wednesday. 14th. CFA
Wednesday. 14th.

The storm continued all day changing its complexion from rain to Snow. At the Office in the morning, but remained at home in the 183afternoon prosecuting my studies diligently. Indeed one seldom fails of being able to derive some good out of every ill, and as the bad weather both yesterday and today have deprived me of the company of Abby, I have still not been uselessly employed. According to the advice of my Father, I have commenced reading the Lettres Provinciales of Pascal.

Thursday 15th. CFA Thursday 15th. CFA
Thursday 15th.

Morning cold but clear. Not much of any thing done in the course of the day. Read a little law and went to Medford with Mr. Brooks where I spent the remainder of the day as happily as usual. In the storms of political life, in the depression which seems now to be gathering round our family, I still find something to thank Heaven for. I have some objects which politics cannot shake my feelings about, and by a peculiar Providence one of these objects has removed me for this Winter from a scene likely to show nothing but violence, mortification and despair. It is my wish to act now upon the feelings of my Mother in order to make her look to this portion of the Country as her final home.

Friday 16th. CFA Friday 16th. CFA
Friday 16th.

Returned to Boston with Mr. Brooks. A very pleasant ride. Passed the morning without doing much. The Office being a very bad place to study at present. Mr. Webster will soon go. Afternoon, little done. In the evening I was busy at home, where I find now I can do much more effectively. No news.

Saturday. 17th. CFA Saturday. 17th. CFA
Saturday. 17th.

Received a letter from my Father in reply to mine of the 6th as satisfactory as possible upon the subject of expenses.1 Morning passed without much utility. I went to Medford to dine, in company with Mr. Brooks. We found Edward and P. Chardon with their wives and had on the whole a very pleasant dinner. The afternoon and evening were passed in conversation with Abby.


Replying to CFA’s complaint that his allowance was inadequate (see entry for 6 Nov., and note, above), JQA wrote:

“The extraordinary charges to which you are liable, from the peculiarity of your situation, are of a nature to which I cannot object and for which I am willing according to my ability to provide. The allowance which I had proposed to make you was the same I had made to your brother George, when at the same State of his education. You find it insufficient to meet your necessary expenses. Let me know what addition you wish to have made to it—Remembering that ... in the allowances of a Parent 184to his children, a relative proportion of equal regard is to be observed between them as well as between the liberality and the circumstances of the Parent.”

(JQA to CFA, 11 Nov. 1827, Adams Papers) See also entry for 20 Nov., and note, below.