Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 7

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Friday 22d.

On this day my eldest boy is four years old. As yet he shows little beyond the wants of childhood. May he grow up a comfort to us all, if it is the will of God.

I went to town. My wife went in also in the Carriage, and I met her for the sake of going to make a selection of Carpets. This was accomplished. I then went to the Office. Mr. A. H. Everett came in and one or two others. Engaged in accounts. Called at Mr. Brooks’ and then home.

Afternoon upon the hill a short time, but there is little or nothing doing now. Read the remainder of the Pamphlet upon Texas, but it is growing chilly and this with me always cramps work. Evening, a few letters of Lady Montague but I was drowsy and retired to bed soon after nine.

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Saturday 23d.

A very high wind from the northward prevailed all day with a clear sky, and much dust from dryness. I was very little out particularly as there is little or nothing doing upon my hill.

Mr. John Hardwick called to ask for a line to Governor Everett, which I gave him. He is President of the Lyceum at this place and wishes to get him to deliver the introductory Lecture. He also asked me to give one of the course. I told him that I should have no objection to do it if it was the desire, although I had not sought such occasions, and generally doubted the possibility of selecting interesting subjects. He said he would see me again upon the time, and I proposed to him to take up the history of Northern Discovery, which he assented to. Mr. B Curtis also called with a subscription paper for the benefit of Mr. Littlefield, the person burnt out, the other night. I subscribed with a proviso about his not having sufficient insurance

Engaged in writing another paper upon the annexation of Texas which I finished before night. It is the last but one. Mrs. Frothingham with her son Francis came out to spend the day.

After an early dinner, we went to Mr. Beale’s to attend the funeral of his daughter Frances. A small collection of connexions and friends of the family. Mr. Lunt made a prayer which was not to my taste, although in itself unexceptionable. Perhaps it is too hazardous to trust to the feeling of the moment, but in such a case as this it is the most effective plan. It was a little remarkable that at this instant George Beale Jr. who has been absent in Europe since May and before this 320poor girl fell sick, without knowing it until his arrival in Boston, arrived at the House. His fathers and sisters not expecting him had no idea of his immediate presence. We followed the body to the tomb and then home. Evening, very quiet.