Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 7

Saturday 11th. CFA Saturday 11th. CFA
Saturday 11th.

Morning mild and pleasant. I went to the Office after transacting business at the Bank. Received today the payment of the long expected remittance from T. B. Adams. This engaged me in Accounts which were not fully made up before Mr. W. Spear came in from Quincy and entered into various discussions respecting affairs. I find a great multiplicity of interests springing up in that direction. He had not finished before Mr. Josiah Adams Jr. came in and kept me a good while about his accounts. I made a final payment to him previous to settlement.

An engagement made by me to see Mr. French at the Boylston Market was broken, and I reached there only in time to make an apol-183ogy. Walk. Home. Livy. Afternoon, revising and correcting my papers and reading Burnet.

The accounts from Washington are of a more pacific nature today. The Southern gentlemen felt the awkward nature of their position without having the magnanimity to own it or retract. My father is likely to have a great triumph. In the evening, read Lamartine. After which I finished the Essay on the Currency.

Sunday. 12th. CFA Sunday. 12th. CFA
Sunday. 12th.

The day was mild and pleasant. I spent the time before service in reading the first volume of Chateaubriand’s Itineraire a Jerusalem, a book with which I am much pleased. The spirit seems to be good. Then to Church. Mr. Frothingham, Deuteronomy 33. 27. “The eternal God is thy refuge and underneath are the everlasting arms.” A discourse upon the feebleness of all earthly dependence like wealth, learning, fame &ca. and the necessity of relying upon the Deity alone. I was much struck with it as I know how unsatisfactory all worldly prosperity is to satisfy the heart of man. I have hardly any thing left to wish and the very circumstance perhaps is the reason why I wish for something more. And this may be without any repining too, for after all the heart of man is not made to stand still and stultify his head.

Afternoon Revelations 20. “And I saw the dead, small and great stand before God; and the books were opened.” The idea of a record of all actions, the remembrances of early life and a slight touch in the Wordsworth fashion after the unnaturally simple. Read a discourse of Dr. Barrow upon the resurrection and the judgment of God Mark 16. 19. “He was received up into Heaven and sat on the right hand of God.” One idea was new to me that the resurrection of Christ is supposed to have opened the gates of heaven until that time entirely closed. This appears to me at first sight strange. Evening paid a visit to Mr. Frothingham. Found Mr. Wales and family and others. Home early.

Monday. 13th. CFA Monday. 13th. CFA
Monday. 13th.

It was mild and clear last evening and I could not help remarking upon the beauty of the night, but when I arose this morning, a violent northwester was blowing which soon reduced the temperature to a very low point in the thermometer. I think the wind made it the most disagreeable day to be out we have had. I went to the Office. The 184uproar in Congress has ceased and my father has carried the day. I hope he will use his victory in moderation. Office where I had my Carpenter, Mr. Ayer, and disputed the points with him famously. He wanted money and I paid him on account. Mr. Walsh came in also and talked. Home, to read Livy.

Carried down my last number to the Advocate. They will not publish the letters I wish. So much for the freedom of that press. Afternoon, engaged revising my numbers which I propose to publish together. Evening by invitation to Governor Everett’s at Charlestown. I rode in a Carriage with Mr. Frothingham and Mr. Lothrop, who with his Wife were the only supernumeraries.1 Rather tolerable but not agreeable. Glad to get home notwithstanding.

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That is, the only guests not members of the family.