Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 3

Friday. 24th. CFA Friday. 24th. CFA
Friday. 24th.

Morning remarkably fine, the air being warm and soft. I went to town accompanied by Mr. Frothingham. At the Office part of my time and the rest at my House to which I walked up twice. My picture came home today and I was confirmed in my opinion of it’s merit.1326My Wife was in town, bringing in Mrs. Sidney Brooks who has finished her visit, which has been pleasant to us all.

My spirits were a little affected. Looking over the announcement of the new Number of the North American I found my Article not included. This is a little mortifying, and the proper course to take upon it is not absolutely clear. I shall wait until my return to town. Mr. Everett may think this fair to a young man struggling into life, but it may turn out unpleasantly. My prospects are respectable, and though it is in the power of others to check them, I trust, are not to be destroyed by any body but myself in this world.

I returned to Medford to dinner, and spent the afternoon in strolling over the Farm with Mr. Brooks. He showed me a body of Mud he was digging out of his Swamp with which he made Manure for his Land, and he went over the place to show me his quantity of Apple Fruit. It is very great. I hope to put the experience I gain here to some profit if I ever should be called to exercise any thing requiring some. Evening Rollin. I was quite fatigued.

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See entry for 5 Aug., above.

Saturday. 25th. CFA Saturday. 25th. CFA
Saturday. 25th.

Morning very thick with mist from the Eastward, and so damp that I felt pleased with my Coat, in riding into town. At the Office and from thence to my House where I passed a larger portion of time than usual. General Wool paid me a visit in return for mine, which detained me.1 Then to the Office. Received a Note from my Father requesting our Company to the Christening of Mary’s child, tomorrow.2 A little too late for us easily to go. Read a little of Hutchinson and found it time to return to Medford. The day had cleared up and become fine.

Mr. Stetson was the only person to partake of the usual Salt fish dinner. He is a tolerably pleasant man though there is something I do not quite like about him. We sat until quite late. A practice I do not admire though no way occurs to me of easily killing the time remaining for my stay in the Country.

Sat with my Wife. Found her discouraged about her health and feeling poorly. I pity and sympathize with her. Married life has brought to her as many thorns as it has pleasures. This is the only cause of trouble in my mind. Evening quietly at home. Finished Rollin’s book the latter part of which has been rather irksome.

1.

On Col. John Ellis Wool, inspector-general of the army, see vol. 2:110 and DAB .

2.

JQA to CFA, 24 Sept. (PHi, Dreer Coll.).

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