Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 4

Monday. 3d. CFA Monday. 3d. CFA
Monday. 3d.

Three years ago on this day, I was married. So far, I have never had occasion to repent it. Much has been said upon the danger of marrying 357early, but for a man constituted like me I believe it to be something of a safeguard.

Went to town with the expectation of remaining all day, but as the Boylston Market Directors did not meet I returned at the usual time. J. Q. Adams Jr. went in with me. I was engaged morning round in various errands, and doing little or nothing serious.

On my return, found my Mother had gone to town and was not yet returned. Afternoon, I read some of Seneca though not much from it’s being shorter than usual from delay of dinner. Evening quiet at home.

Tuesday. 4th. CFA Tuesday. 4th. CFA
Tuesday. 4th.

Heavy rain and cold. I remained at home all the morning, trying to revive my taste for the examination of Cromwell’s life. I did not do much in that way as I could not find the authorities upon which the assertions against him are founded.

At noon, I accompanied my father to a Meeting of the Proprietors of Neponset Bridge. They generally have a Dinner at Squantum, Mr. Beale’s place, upon that day. The weather was dreadful for so exposed a situation. Mr. T. Greenleaf, Mr. Miller, Mr. Gourgas, Mr. Beale, Price Greenleaf and I were the only persons there. Our dinner was Chowder, Wine and indifferent Fruit. It was so cold that I drank an unusual quantity of Wine.

We returned home, and I read to the Ladies part of the Book of Mr. Vidocq, a scoundrel of the French Revolution.1 But my Wine being Claret and turning very acid upon my Stomach, I felt quite unwell before going to bed. I read the Adventurer as usual.


Eugène François Vidocq, Memoirs, 4 vols., London, 1829.

Wednesday. 5th. CFA Wednesday. 5th. CFA
Wednesday. 5th.

Fine morning. I arose feeling very unwell and my sickness did not abate for some hours. Indeed I do not know when my stomach has been so completely bouleversée as it was this morning. I am taught by this, first that I was very imprudent in my Diet, secondly, that I have been somewhat out of order, thirdly, that I drank more Wine than I ought and of an improper kind. It is rare that I find myself brought up to account on this score. And it is not a little astonishing to me that it should be at a time when prudence is essentially necessary to life. I was good for nothing all the morning and lost a pleasant dinner at which Dr. Waterhouse was present from Cambridge. Read a consider-358able portion of Stone’s book upon Masonry — A treatise which goes very far to sustain the whole principle of Anti-masonry.1 Evening. Conversation with my father upon it, until late. I retired to bed, taking Medicine and omitted the Adventurers.


William L. Stone’s Letters on Masonry and Anti-Masonry Addressed to the Hon. John Quincy Adams, N.Y., 1832, had been published in June (see Bemis, JQA , 2:294, and below, entry for 26 Nov.). The presentation copy from the author to JQA is at MQA.