Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 6

Monday. 28th. CFA Monday. 28th. CFA
Monday. 28th.

Morning clear but quite cool. As the season advances I find far more difficulty in my living out here. Went to town but did not get in until late. Occupied very much in a variety of ways—Attending to my household affairs which my approaching removal home renders necessary, and going over the Quarterly Accounts which require summing up.

Went down to the Athenaeum and looked over their files of Newspapers to get back the run of political Controversy. Nothing there of consequence. Called to see my publisher. Pamphlet not yet done. The gentlemen are all Whigs. My efforts do not seem to meet with much success. Shall I persevere? Yes.

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Out to Quincy at the usual time. My father gone to a celebration of the Anniversary of Hingham. I received an invitation to go to Deerfield and hear Mr. Everett but could not accept it from the circumstance of my moving. I do not know that I should have done so without any such excuse. Afternoon, occupied in assorting papers. The weather has become so cold as to make working without a fire unpleasant. Quiet evening.

Tuesday. 29th. CFA Tuesday. 29th. CFA
Tuesday. 29th.

It was clear in the morning but gradually clouded up and rained heavily before night. I remained here and occupied myself much of my time in finishing with the papers. I have not been sufficiently diligent heretofore and this consequently leaves a great mass to be done hastily. The greater part is however disposed of.

I thought I could not leave Quincy without once more visiting the Quarries of Granite which are now in the process of working. I therefore rode up to the Railway house and walked from thence to the most distant one. Mr. Dudley was not there but I found he had made great work with the stone and was carrying it off with great rapidity. It is very fine. The others have labored with equal assiduity but with less success. Their chance in the long run is however the best. What a scene of industry this hill presents. I found neither of them ready to hand in an Account, and I requested them so to do.

Home just in time for dinner. Afternoon divided in attention to the papers and accompanying my Mother in a fishing excursion of her’s. Thus I was so fatigued as to be able to do little in the evening. Retired early.

Wednesday. 30th. CFA Wednesday. 30th. CFA
Wednesday. 30th.

The rain was plentiful in the night but gave way to a clear and windy morning. I went into town. My time very constantly taken up in a great variety of occupation. Having received a note from Mrs. Fuller, the tenant of the House 105 Tremont Street I went up to order repairs, calling incidentally upon Sharpe to edge on his laziness to finish my cabinet. Nothing touched since I was there. He is a procrastinator and has other work to attend to. Then to the House where I gave my directions, then round by Concert Hall, where there is some french Furniture, home. My pamphlet is at last done and I took a dozen copies for distribution.1

Called upon Mr. Hallett and conversed with him for a few minutes. 232Gave him one of my Pamphlets and the draught of some Resolutions which he asked me for. He read to me one or two letters from Pennsylvania which show how the pills work there. Indeed the course of the Advocate is just now productive of its effect. The attempt to suppress it’s circulation is failing and the waves are in commotion.

Home to Quincy to dine. Afternoon taken up in putting up papers. I leave many in disorder and have not finished looking over the whole. I must do it upon days when I go out there. Miss L. C. Smith and E. C. Adams spent the day, and rode with our ladies on horseback. Quiet evening.

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Thus completing the literary-political project he had begun on 23 June. The titlepage of the pamphlet is reproduced in the present volume; see also p. xvi–xvii, above.