Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 7

Saturday. October 1st. CFA Saturday. October 1st. CFA
Saturday. October 1st.

The day cloudy. I went to town and found in fact that my leisure which I have been enjoying for a few days past was effectively put a stop to. I had people calling during every moment of the time. Mr. 105Curtis came for the Deeds I had furnished for the Estate of Mr. Boylston which I gave him. Mr. Luther Angier came upon the settlement of a Quarter’s Interest upon the money of his brother’s guardianship, which I paid him. Mr. Kauffer the Painter came about the painting I wished to have done and I accompanied him to the House and showed him its extent. Mr. Jewett came about rent due. Also a person on behalf of Miss Oliver to pay her’s. Mr. Walsh also stopped to talk about matters and things in general and Mr. Ayer came in because I sent for him to see about my timber which he is to come to Quincy and pick out next week. Thus my morning went and I had time only for a short visit to Mr. Brooks to show him my plan and consult with him thereupon. He gave me two or three valuable hints which I set about considering very earnestly. Home.

Afternoon I walked up the hill to see the men who have nearly done stoning the well. They work very diligently. But they will not finish tonight. Evening, at Mr. Beales. Mrs. T. B. Adams, Elizabeth and I. Hull with Miss Smith at the house, the two younger with us to Mr. Beale’s. Cards. Return at ten, to bed early.

Sunday 2d. CFA Sunday 2d. CFA
Sunday 2d.

Morning warm with a Southerly wind. I was occupied in writing my Diary in the morning which from my engagements has not been quite regularly kept. Attended divine service all day and heard Mr. Lunt in the morning form Acts 2. 23. “Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God ye have taken and by wicked hands have crucified and slain.” Upon the character and suffering of Christ an eloquent discourse preparatory to Communion. Afternoon 2 Corinthians 11 I think 23 or 24 but as I am not sure I will not quote the verse. It was a discourse upon the character of Paul in continuation of a former one and treating more especially of his labours at Corinth.

Upon our return in the afternoon, we found visitors, Messrs. Degrand and Clapp who took up the rest of the day so that I did not read Dr. Barrow regularly. I however made up the deficiency afterwards and think it as well to enter the record properly of Monday today. The subject was those words of the Apostle’s creed “Maker of heaven and earth” and the text from Acts 4. 24. “O Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is.” An examination of the creative Attribute of the divinity and of the antient doctrine which denied his formation of matter, a very sensible dis-106course. Evening, conversation with my father upon interesting questions of politics, the characters of the various actors in this pending election and the effect of their possible success.