Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 7

Tuesday 2d. CFA Tuesday 2d. CFA
Tuesday 2d.
Quincy

Fine day. I went to the Office and was busy there for an hour or two. As Abby seemed strong enough we concluded to get to Quincy today. For this decision I went up to the House twice and my horse not being fit to use, I agreed to accompany her in the carriage. Mr. Wilson came in at the time appointed and we all went out. My Mother had on Sunday taken with her Louisa and John so that my Wife with Catherine who is to be nurse and the baby were with myself all.1 We reached Quincy in safety and I placed my Wife in her quarters where I hope she will be much benefitted. The Journey does not seem to have been a very successful experiment. I hope now the quiet of Country Life with a number in the house and no household anxieties will do better.

I passed much of the afternoon in conversation with my father upon my proposed building plan, and I also called upon Mrs. T. B. Adams to make some settlement with her as usual in the Quarter.2 She carried me into a private room and talked with me respecting her son Hull who has been obliged to resign his Commission to avoid dismission from West Point. This could not have been many days after his fine professions to us at that place. My mother had told me of this the 63other day. I was so much provoked that I expressed myself very plainly. Mrs. Adams appears to be worried and yet she has to appearance as little consciousness of Hull’s position as ever. What is a young man brought up as he has been fit for? He is now four and twenty and does not yet know how to take care of himself. I told Mrs. A. at the same time that I should say nothing to Hull though I trusted she would let him know, if he desired it, the substance of my thoughts.

On my return, met Deacon Savil3 and talked with him about a road to pass along over the hill upon which my proposed house is to stand, and to come out through his land. He seemed very eager to accept the proposal. I walked home over the hill and re-examined the ground. Evening at home. Nothing of consequence.

1.

Of the three children of ABA and CFA, Louisa Catherine was five, John Quincy 2d was three, and Charles Francis 2d was one year old.

2.

CFA, as his father’s agent, made quarterly payments to those entitled to receive them under the terms of JA’s will.

3.

Deacon Samuel Savil of Quincy apparently was not judged unqualified for his post despite the disrepute to which his forebear, an earlier deacon, had brought the name; see JA, Diary and Autobiography , 1:183; Pattee, Old Braintree and Quincy , p. 238.

Wednesday 3d. CFA Wednesday 3d. CFA
Wednesday 3d.

I went into town this morning in the Quincy Stage—A number of passengers not one of whom I knew. My business in Boston principally related to money affairs. I saw Degrand and completed my sale of the State Bank Stock which is withdrawing very clear. I then made some propositions with respect to the investment of a sum of money which he closed with. It was necessary for me to go round to collect this sum which was due partly on my own Account, partly on account of T. B. Johnson, and partly on account of my father who wishes to release himself from his engagements to Elizabeth C. Adams.1 I effected the whole business before going out of town, much to my satisfaction. But I did not get home until rather late.

I drove my horse out although his leg is not in a fit condition to use. The afternoon was taken up partly with my Diary and partly in walking over the hill and marking out the capabilities of the ground. I find myself obliged to go higher up on the ground than I had expected and I feel quite alarmed at the idea of the expense. But this must be met and after all there may perhaps be as much gained in the increase of value in the surrounding land. This is one of the considerations. There can be nothing superior in its way to the site and I know of no dis-64qualification excepting perhaps it’s distance from the old house.2 Evening at home.

1.

Quarterly payments were owing to Elizabeth Coombs Adams, a daughter of TBA, under the terms of JA’s will; see vol. 3:31.

2.

The Old House is the name given by Adamses to AA’s and JA’s house, now the Adams National Historic Site in Quincy; see vol. 1:x–xi.