Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 4

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Wednesday. 9th.

Morning at the Office. Weather fine. Before I had completed my daily Diary, I was interrupted, and the visits of different persons continued throughout the day. Mr. Noah Curtis, the Parish Treasurer of Quincy called to pay the Note which my father held against them, from my Grandfather’s Estate.1 I was obliged to return home to obtain it, and was then paid in full. This with the sum from the Fire and 6Marine will make almost enough to pay Miss A. S. Adams.2 The Fire and Marine however again pay no Dividend. A wretched concern. My other visitors were my Carpenter Mr. Ayer, about some little repairs to be done on Mr. Gulliver’s house. Mr. Hurlbert, the Tenant of the Store about Mr. Welsh’s Room which he made an offer for, that I could not accept. Then Mr. Peabody with whom I took a walk to the sale of the Furniture under the care of the New England Society.3 It was poor. Returned home.

Afternoon employed in finishing the Oration for Caecina and read a large part of that for the Manilian Law. This is a famous Panegyric. But perhaps Hortensius was right and Cicero wrong. In the evening, visits from Mr. Jo. Angier and Edmd. Quincy. A pleasant Supper enough but I did nothing after it excepting to read the Spectator.

1.

The sum received was $1,436.38. CFA to JQA, 9 March (LbC, Adams Papers).

2.

The legacy to Abigail S. Adams from her grandfather payable at her marriage amounted to $3,125. CFA to JQA, 28 Feb. (LbC, Adams Papers).

3.

The sale took place at 9 o’clock at Market Hall (Boston Daily Advertiser, 9 March, p. 3, col. 4).

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Thursday. 10th.

Morning fine. Our Weather is uncommonly pleasant for this month. I suffered a little from head ach during the day owing to my Supper of last night. At the Office I found a package from Mr. Everett containing his Speech on the Indian Question, with which he had at last favoured me.1 Mr. E. thought I could buy his Speeches if I wanted them. And he had many people of more public influence than I might ever be to conciliate by these small marks of attention. Now however that he has a cheap edition to circulate, he can be gratious with one. I feel obliged to him for it, though after I had read it, I could not attach great intrinsic value to the present. He had better have been silent for he has done nothing by it.

I read a little of Lord Chatham’s Speech about the Falkland Islands,2 but was interrupted by the hour for my walk, which I took as usual. Afternoon, I finished the Oration for the Manilian Law; and began that in defence of Cluentius. The first is a little polished gem of much lustre, but not so solid as some of the law Orations. These show the greatest talent. The Oration for Cluentius is again in another style.

Miss Adams left us today. Evening alone with my Wife. I read to her a part of the Account of Captn. Parry’s first Voyage to the North Seas.3 After which Dr. Valpy and the Spectator. Horatio Brooks lodged here this night.

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1.

The more recent of Edward Everett’s speeches on the Indians was delivered in the House on 14 and 21 Feb. and published as On the Execution of the Laws and Treaties in Favor of the Indian Tribes, Washington, 1831. Earlier, he had spoken on 19 May 1830, On the Bill for Removing the Indians from the East to the West Side of the Mississippi, Boston, 1830. Everett’s views as revealed in the speeches are closer to JQA’s than to CFA’s; see vol. 3:139.

2.

The “Speech on the Seizure of Falkland’s Islands” is in vol. 2 of the edition of Anecdotes of William Pitt, Earl of Chatham, With his Speeches in Parliament, 1736–1778, published at London in 1792, owned by CFA, and now at MQA.

3.

Sir William Edward Parry, Journal of a Voyage for the Discovery of a North-West Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific ... 1819–1820, London, 1821.