Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 2

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17. IX.

Morning at home, Blackstone, walk, Mr. Force, political opinions, Mr. Jefferson, Beaumont and Fletcher, evening out.

18. IX:15. CFA 18. IX:15. CFA
18. IX:15.

Morning at home, weather cold, Blackstone, Beaumont and Fletcher, evening with the family, dull.

19. VIII:35. CFA 19. VIII:35. CFA
19. VIII:35.

Morning at home, unwell, violent cold, Blackstone, Beaumont and Fletcher, evening, walk.

20. IX. CFA 20. IX. CFA
20. IX.

Morning at home, Uncomfortable from a cold, Blackstone, Beaumont and Fletcher, confined to my room, letter to Richardson.1

1.

Missing.

21. VIII:35. CFA 21. VIII:35. CFA
21. VIII:35.

Morning at home. Influenza, unable to do anything, impatience, evening, a little better.

22. IX. CFA 22. IX. CFA
22. IX.

At home all day, family sick, Influenza, the Subaltern,1 myself better, evening at home.

1.

Anon., The Subaltern, Edinburgh, 1825.

23. VIII:40. CFA 23. VIII:40. CFA
23. VIII:40.

At home all day, Blackstone, indolent, evening with the family, Executive records.1

1.

Beginning with this entry and continuing until the summer of 1828 (see entry for 10 June 1828, below), CFA’s diary makes frequent reference to the “Executive Record” (or sometimes “Executive Records”). JQA allowed his son to earn his allowance by making a copy of the executive proceedings of the United States Senate, a record which was at this time unpublished but which was subsequently printed as the Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America: From the Commencement of the First, to the Termination of the Nineteenth Congress, 3 vols., Washington, 1828. The Adams Papers contain five large bound volumes of these transcripts (M/JQA/65–69, Adams Papers, Microfilms, Reel Nos. 257–261), of which all of Volumes 2–4 and part of Volume 1 are in CFA’s careful handwriting. The proceedings which CFA copied did not, like the Annals of Congress and the Register of Debates in Congress , contain speeches but were confined to a record of messages submitted by the Chief Executive and of motions and actions 29taken by the Senate on nominations, treaties, etc. For comment on these journals, see Laurence F. Schmeckebier and Roy B. Eastin, Government Publications and Their Use, Washington, 1961, p. 130–131.