Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 3

Sunday. 10th. CFA Sunday. 10th. CFA
Sunday. 10th.

The Weather we have so much enjoyed has at last come to an end. We arose this morning in darkness, with a storm raging without. I did not myself feel over well, and this is so rare an occurrence with me now that I feel restless under it. I did not go to Meeting this morning, but took the opportunity to write a Letter to my Father,1 containing a 129kind of Analysis of the Oration of Aeschines which I have just finished. I put some labour into this in order to show to my Father that in my reading I am not trifling. And though it is a little amusing that I should address such a thing to him yet I hope he will feel gratified by my exertion if not entertained by my subject.

My Wife was quite sick all day with a violent cold which weighs upon her. I went out in the afternoon to hear Mr. Pierpont preach.2 His sermon was tolerable. It’s difficulty was that it was not sufficiently clear. But he has much merit in his correctness of reading. I cannot say that I quite like his tones, or his breadth of pronunciation of particular words, but on the whole I was pleased. I returned home, finished four pages to my Father, and passed the Evening in reading Clarissa aloud. I was much fascinated with this part of the Book and began to think that Richardson merited his fame, an impression which I had not fully given to me, I admit, hitherto.3 But the conduct of Clarissa after her dishonour is a noble effort of the mind. I afterwards sat an hour continuing my Essay on Eloquence.

1.

Letter in Adams Papers.

2.

John Pierpont was the minister of the Hollis Street Church (Congregational), Boston ( Mass. Register, 1830).

3.

Thus in MS.

Monday. 11th. CFA Monday. 11th. CFA
Monday. 11th.

The morning was clear but colder than any we had endured this Winter. I went to the Office as usual and was engaged in occupations which prevented me from paying any attention to Williston. I was called down to oversee the work which the Painter was putting upon the House in the rear of this, at a season most unfit for the purpose. I looked over it and gave the necessary directions, being glad to get back to my room. But I was soon called away to go and inquire of Mr. Tarbell whether he knew any good man of whom to obtain Butter, a domestic errand but a very necessary one. I stopped to converse a little while with him about his little affairs in my hands and then returned, but my day was gone, I could not put any thing more into it.

The Afternoon was passed in reading Aeschines which was the conclusion of the Oration on the Crown. I admire it on the whole. How far it is superior to the long and laboured efforts of our day, when power is overlooked in the search for it. I then continued my Essay in a way I did not like. The evening was spent in reading aloud in Clarissa, wherein we progress slowly. I afterwards read the Article on the North American Indians.1

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1.

Probably the review bearing the running-head title “Removal of the Indians,” North Amer. Rev. , 30:62–121 (Jan. 1830). The (anonymous) author was Gov. Lewis Cass.