Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 6

Wednesday. 6th. CFA Wednesday. 6th. CFA
Wednesday. 6th.

I was occupied much in my usual manner this morning, the weather was dark and cloudy but I managed to get along in my work. Called at the House and pushed on the measures of preparation there. Then to the Office where I had a Committee meet me from the Stone Cut-133ters at Quincy, Mess. Sanborn and Brown. I stated to them the amount of my instructions and then specified the terms upon which the Quarry could be had either in fee or on Lease. After discussion they concluded to take the Lease and I accordingly agreed to draw one up. Thus ends this matter.

The weather cleared away in the Afternoon. I was obliged however to go to the House and see the things done which were requisite previous to any proper arrangement of the domestic establishment. This took me until sunset. Returned home to tea. Evening. Mr. and Mrs. Frothingham, W. G. Brooks and his Wife, sister and her’s. Tolerably pleasant. Miss Henrietta Gray was this day married to Mr. Ignatius Sargent and they set off on a Journey.

Thursday. 7th. CFA Thursday. 7th. CFA
Thursday. 7th.

Having engaged to go to Quincy this morning, I started directly after breakfast. The morning was clear with a cool north wind. I found the roads bad but nevertheless, reached the old House before nine o’clock. I did not find Mr. Spear there and was obliged to proceed without him. Neither did I succeed in finding Mr. Dudley as I expected so that my labour was lost, so far as regarded him. I saw Mr. Winkley however and after conversation concerted with him the terms of a Lease and agreed to draw it up as soon as possible in the mean time giving him a written promise to furnish one, upon which they might proceed.

Returned home through Milton, a very pretty ride. Afternoon, I was obliged to go to my House on the fatiguing business of superintendence of details. My Wife is not in a condition to do much so that much the larger part devolves upon me. Home. Evening quiet. I did not read much however. A little of Thiers.

Friday. 8th. CFA Friday. 8th. CFA
Friday. 8th.

House, thence to the Office. Found John Kirk there and as he has not favoured me with many visits I suspected his errand directly. He has been but a short time established and he wants money already. I lent him a sum which I intend to be final, so far as applications are concerned and which I can not lose as I have the means of payment in my hands. After him came Mr. Walsh and exhausted the rest of the morning so that I could do nothing in the way of work on the Leases.


Short walk but it began to rain and I took refuge in Mr. Doughty’s Painting room where he is exhibiting some Pictures to be sold at Auction next week. His style is peculiar, some of it beautiful but not at all equal. Home. Afternoon M. Thiers—The execution of Danton and his set of the French Revolution. Extraordinary Spectacle this of moving the waves, breaking one after another upon the rocks of human passion.

Evening, at Mr. Frothingham’s—P. C. Brooks, Jr., W. G. Brooks and sister, his Wife and her sister, Mr. Brooks and ourselves. Tolerably pleasant. Returned home at ten—The last social evening we have previous to our dispersion for the Summer.