Returned to town with Mr. Brooks. The morning was lovely and 377the ride pleasant. At the Office, found Mr. Watson, who came up to pay a part of his debt, and agreed that an alias should be taken out for the balance. Occupied myself with law and found that I was better able to understand it. In the afternoon, I called at Hilliards to look at the amount of his bill against George and found it nearly eighty dollars since January. I regret his extravagance exceedingly because it goes to show the state of his mind. My reproach of January last was literally true although I regretted it. His debt will impose upon my father a disagreeable business. Read Clarendon, and the Spectator in the evening.
Morning at the Office. Provoked to think that I had no letters. I am now so anxious to hear what they propose to do, that it worries me for I want to vacate my present abode, and do not like the idea of changing it for a Hotel. I read some of Chitty on Contracts and bought a Paper for my new Office which is going to be very pretty. I am afraid in this I was more extravagant than I ought to have been. Afternoon, engaged in reading Clarendon, which was very interesting. There is a very manly style about this which we do not find at the present day. Evening, in consequence of what I heard at tea of a letter from Abby Adams1 saying that my Mother was sick, I became alarmed and went to see Harriet Welsh who happened to have the letter with her. It was of a date three days earlier than mine from herself and said nothing about my Mother’s sickness, so that I felt relieved at it’s being a false alarm. Conversation. The letter was in the high flown style of that family and to me disgusting.
Morning at the Office, weather cloudy and chilly. No letters from home. I wrote a short one to my Father strongly urging him to come on.1 I think it is very necessary and essential. Read a little of the Jurist, a law publication which has lately come out and which I mentioned some days ago. Went to Medford with Mr. Brooks. It rained heavily all afternoon. I unwarily became engaged in a conversation with Abby and suffered my temper to go farther than usual which pained me exceedingly. But repentance is a very poor business unless it lead to amendment. Evening passed very pleasantly.
Since GWA, who had acted as JQA’s agent in Boston, had left his papers and financial affairs in great disorder, CFA wrote his father: “I would submit the 378expediency of your coming as soon as you feel able so to do, in order to take into your own hands again the direction of your affairs” (CFA to JQA, 16 May 1829, Adams Papers).