Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 4

Thursday. 31st. CFA Thursday. 31st. CFA
Thursday. 31st.

Morning clear and warm but very windy. I continued reading Kotzebue’s third Volume this morning and was interested in his Account of the South Seas, and the habits of the Islanders although I do not think that he makes out much with a great parade of learning. He refers to former Navigators to show he has read them and to give information which he ought to have given, or else not have pretended to say any thing about it.

Went to the Office where it being the last day of the Quarter I was very busy in making up my Account, copying it out and writing a Letter explanatory as usual.1 This was however stopped by one Mr. 20Loker from Weston who bored me two hours about a County Road which I did not care about hearing. What annoyances these men must be to a Country Lawyer.

Took a short walk and dined at Mrs. Frothingham’s with my Wife and Horatio Brooks. Returned home. Copied my Letter, and read one half of the Oration for Murena—In which one sees more of Cicero’s Speaking for the occasion. Read Parry in the Evening. More of Kotzebue and the Spectator. Horatio Brooks lodged here.

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CFA to JQA (LbC, Adams Papers).