Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 3

398 Saturday. 8th. CFA Saturday. 8th. CFA
Saturday. 8th.

Morning clear. Mr. Ayer called after my leaving my House and followed me to the Office from whence I started with him to see the Houses in Tremont Street. I gave him such directions that I think they will soon be clear. Returned to the Office and was busy for much of the morning in settling the bills due by the Estate of Mr. New and drawing up an Account to present next Week. I also had the usual number of interruptions to pay bills, but none to receive money which a little shocks me.

In the afternoon I sat down and reviewed quite thoroughly the first half of the Orator, and found it improves considerably upon acquaintance. After which I was engaged in writing a letter to my Father which did not satisfy my taste at all. This took all the time I had at my disposal, although my Wife had gone to her brother Chardon’s to tea, until the usual time of Meeting for the Debating Society which I attended and heard an Argument upon Lawyer’s Fees in which I take none but a practical Interest. So I took no part in the discussion, and went to Chardon’s at nine o’clock, where I met Mr. Coit and young Mr. Oliver.1 A pleasant Supper and return home at ten o’clock, when I continued my Catalogue and read the Tatler.


Oliver was probably a cousin of Mrs. Chardon Brooks; see vol. 2:162.

Sunday 9th. CFA Sunday 9th. CFA
Sunday 9th.

Winter having kept off so long again comes down upon us with great force. The earth was covered with snow upon our rising in the morning, and it continued to fall the greater part of the day. I attended Divine Service this morning and heard a Mr. Malcolm, a Baptist Clergyman,1 preach at Mr. Frothingham’s. This rather surprised me, for such a degree of liberality is not usual, but upon hearing his Sermon against spiritual pride, or the pride of virtue, I was very much pleased. His manner strikes me as in many respects superior to any Clergyman’s I have heard in Boston, and had it a little more impressiveness and grace would be calculated to strike very much generally. Any thing is better than tameness and his manner at times is decidedly eloquent.

It was so inclement, that I did not venture out in the afternoon, so that I employed my time in finishing and copying my letter to my Father,2 which engrossed the whole time. This business takes up a good deal of valuable time and perhaps not so usefully as could be, for my letters do not improve.


Evening at home very quietly reading Evelina to my Wife, which I finished. This reading hardly pays one for the time. Continued my Catalogue afterwards which is now drawing to a close and read two Numbers of the Tatler.


Howard Malcom, minister of the Federal Street Baptist Church, Boston ( Mass. Register, 1831).


CFA to JQA, 9 Jan., LbC, Adams Papers. For this letter, see above, entry for 28 Dec. 1830, note, and below, entry for 25 Jan., note.