Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 2

Sunday. 28th. CFA Sunday. 28th. CFA
Sunday. 28th.

Morning at Quincy as Abby remained at Winter Hill to preserve Mrs. Everett from loneliness. Attended divine service in the Church and heard Dr. Lowell preach a Sermon upon providence, rather against his text.1 Caught in the rain on my return. Wrote a long letter to my Mother upon miscellaneous family subjects2 and in the evening conversed with my father. Subject, economy in human affairs.

1.

Charles Lowell, Harvard 1800, was Congregational minister of the West Church on Lynde Street, Boston ( Mass. Register, 1828, p. 111).

2.

CFA begged his mother to disregard the advice of JA2 and to return to Quincy in time for his marriage. “Should you be absent from my wedding,” he 396pleaded, “it would lose half it’s pleasure.” The death of GWA, he felt, left him no choice but to remain permanently in Massachusetts, as the only son who could carry on the family tradition. “I will never desert the State which has sustained us,” he pledged. “I am now wedded to the soil. Nothing shall take me from it” (CFA to LCA, 28 June 1829, Adams Papers).

Monday 29th. CFA Monday 29th. CFA
Monday 29th.

Morning to town. The weather showery and unpleasant. Engaged all the morning in duties incident to my new situation as manager of my father’s affairs. I went to the Bank and to see Mr. Brown and arranged as to the purchase of forty three shares of stock of the New England Marine Insurance Company by the sale of so much six per Cent Stock of the United States. Then obtained a power of attorney to effect the transfer. This being over, I went to West Boston Bridge to make some inquiries in regard to that stock without success. Stopped at Dr. Welsh’s for some articles for my father. The afternoon was busily engaged in drawing up papers relating to my administration account and also the agency. This detained me until seven when I returned to Quincy. Evening, Conversation.

Tuesday 30th. CFA Tuesday 30th. CFA
Tuesday 30th.

Morning to town, weather rainy and disagreeable. Engaged in writing for my father’s affairs with a short Note to Abby.1 Obtained a blonde lace Veil to present to her upon the occasion of her marriage. This is a little extravagant but I could not avoid it. Then to Hancock Street to take a list of my poor brother’s Clothes. Conversation with Harriet Welsh. She is a little too inquisitive. Dined at the Exchange where I met Genl. Wool. He is too precise by half. Afternoon. Engaged in making out a Catalogue of my brothers Law books. Returned to Quincy in the rain. Conversation with my father. His plans.

1.

Missing.