Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 7

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Day pleasant. I arose in Boston and sat about my usual occupations as if nothing had happened between spring and autumn. My feeling 124however, I cannot deny it is of stronger distaste to the city than I ever had before. My residence in Quincy has been pleasanter because it has afforded me objects for pursuit agreeable in themselves and views of life less clouded. Boston is a City eminently unfavorable to me as well on account of family prejudices as of the hostility entertained against people of my political opinions. I have few acquaintances and fewer friends. In Quincy on the contrary my position gives me in some degree a more friendly disposition on the part of the people.

Office where I finished a copy of my Quarterly Account as well as the Account itself and transacted other business. Mr. Everett called in and I showed him the article I had written. He objected seriously to that portion of it which related to his circumstances. Now this is really his best argument, but I was so conscious of the difficulty that I caused it to be expunged and wrote a substitute while Mr. Lemon was waiting.1 Home where I resumed Livy with the thirty first book. Afternoon, engaged upon the MS. in restoring many letters which I have found that were not included in the volumes bound. Evening at home. Read Goguet.


The article, “A Word for the Wise,” signed “A Friend to Mr. Everett,” was carried in the Norfolk Advertiser in Dedham. It is preserved as a clipping in the Adams Papers (M/CFA/28.36 – 37, Microfilms, Reel No. 324).

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The day was bad, clouds with rain and snow. I went to the Office as usual and was occupied in Accounts and comparisons &ca. My affairs require pretty rigid attention now that I am engaged in so extensive a contract as my present one for the House at Quincy. Mr. Walsh came in and we had some talk.

I called at the Advocate Office to see Mr. Hallett but could not find him. I have not had any opportunity to see him for a great while although I have often called. This morning I found his card upon my table and was on that account more desirous of finding him. The walking was comfortless and so I went home. Read Livy.

Afternoon, engaged upon the papers. Restored a considerable number of Letters and looked over several bundles of mixed papers into which it is difficult to put order. My Wife was sick towards evening which depressed my spirits. Read Grahame’s History of the United States in the new edition which I am comparing with the old one.1


The comparison had been projected when the expanded edition had been published a few months earlier; see vol. 6:394. On CFA’s careful study and review of the 1827 edition, see vols. 3:27, 213, 226, 394, 428; 4:116, 440.