Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 2

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3 November. 1

On Friday the 3d of November, I dined at Mr. Clay’s with the Corps Diplomatique. He always invites my brother and myself on that occasion. The dinner was rather dull as I sat next to Mr. Arroyo,2 and Daniel Brent.


I have nothing to say for the rest of the month. It passed as quietly as they generally do when we have no Congress to annoy us. It passed with me in the prosecution of my studies, and in the gratification of feeling the progress which I was making. Such a life is the one eminently suited to me. But it seems to have met with the disapprobation of the family and I must resign it pro tempore. I do not believe that I am doing right.3


From D/CFA/5. CFA spent the morning at home reading Mitford’s Greece, Plutarch, and Bubb Dodington (D/CFA/1).


Don T. Miguel Arroyo, of the Mexican legation ( Mass. Register, 1826, p. 215).


JQA disapproved of his son’s aimless and indolent life. Some weeks before he had urged CFA not “to linger through his days in torpid inaction or to depend upon anyone but himself for his future support, and his condition in the world” (JQA to CFA, 15 Sept. 1826, Adams Papers).

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Morning at home, assorting Newspapers, desultory reading, dinner party at Baron Mareuil’s,2 Bankhead,3 Huygens, Corps Diplomatique.


From D/CFA/1.


Baron Durant de Mareuil, the French envoy extraordinary to the United States from 1824 to 1827 (Almanach de Gotha, 1826, p. 100).


Charles Bankhead, secretary of the British legation in Washington (Force, National Calendar, 1828, p. 284).

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Morning at home, letters, day idle, ride with John, evening with the family, Conversation.

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Morning at home, Mitford’s Greece, Plutarch, Maltebrun, evening with the family, Cards.

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Morning at home, Mitford’s Greece, Memoirs of Reynolds,1 evening with the family, Cards.


A copy of The Life and Times of Frederick Reynolds, Written by Himself, Phila., 1826, is in the Stone Library.

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Morning at home, Mitford’s Greece, continue and finish Reynolds, evening with the family, Cards, walk.