Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 7

Monday 23d. CFA Monday 23d. CFA
Monday 23d.

The day was an extraordinary one for so advanced a period of the year. I was occupied in finishing the remainder of the transplanting to be done this season. Mrs. Frothingham and Mrs. Everett came out in a 333carriage and passed an hour, after going to see the house they returned home.

I set my trees tolerably thick at my house, intermingling small and large in such a manner as to take the best chance of the success of some. I had wished to try an experiment upon Sir Henry Steuart’s plan but my men have not the patience and regard it as unnecessary.

I made a bold push today and finished the second part of my lecture which I read in the evening aloud to the ladies. My apprehension was that it would prove too long and somewhat tedious from the details which I could not very well avoid. But the verdict of the family was rather in favour of this as the best of the two. Thus is ended what I have regarded as a pretty fatiguing labour.

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Tuesday 24th.

This was more than a warm, it was a Summer’s day. I went to town, where I find things accumulating with extraordinary rapidity. I am making preparations to move into my own house, also hastening the occupation of the house on Hancock Avenue, also, attending to the affair of Mr. Johnson which draws into length, also, my own Accounts, and lastly those of my father. The morning has moreover become so short that my opportunities are exceedingly cramped. My return to Quincy has been in this manner made later and this abridges the Afternoon. There is not however a great deal now left to do. My cares out here are almost over, and I am making arrangements to transfer myself to those in the City, which are beginning. In the evening, having done my Lectures I felt a little out of work.

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Wednesday 25th.

It rained in the morning and was drizzling more or less all day. I passed some time at home in revising my first Lecture and only went up into the town for the purpose of carrying my Map and hanging it in the hall as well as to see the ground. The President of the Lyceum Mr. Hardwick and one of the Directors Mr. Adams were here by agreement. There was no change however to be devised as the room seemed on the whole quite as convenient as I could wish. My voice about the strength of which I felt the most doubt, very certainly could fill this space and if I failed here there was no reasonable probability that I should succeed any where else.

Called at one or two places and paid bills. I must say that I felt a 334little anxious, and yet not without confidence. Afternoon somewhat idled away.

Evening, I walked up to the Town Hall at the appointed time and found there an assemblage of men, women and boys principally of the active and industrious classes, and not very large. At a given signal from Mr. Hardwick I commenced and went through occupying five minutes less than one hour in the delivery, just the same period of time taken in the reading at home. Of my success I cannot entirely judge, but I fancy it was good from the very quiet manner to which I was listened to. And my man Kirk who it seems had the curiosity to go up and hear, reported that it surpassed his expectation. Remainder of the evening quietly at home.