Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 7

Thursday 25th. CFA Thursday 25th. CFA
Thursday 25th.

Morning clear and weather much warmer than it has been. I divided my time in part devoting it to Livy and in part to writing. At eleven o’clock, there was by appointment a meeting held of the Supervisors of the Adams Temple and School Fund. Mr. T. Greenleaf, Mr. Miller, Mr. G. W. Beale and my father present. Principal subject, the disposal of the lots on the Hancock lot as it is called. A valuation was put upon them but so high as to render further improvement not immediately probable. It was however agreed to have the plan marked off upon the 79lot and also to open the road upon a corresponding opening being made of the cross road on my father’s land. This is very well. I can now proceed in my plan with more system and energy. After some other slight details were executed the meeting was dissolved, and my father, with my Wife, Elizabeth C. Adams and myself went into town, all of us but Elizabeth on invitation to dine with Mrs. Frothingham. I seized an extra moment to go to the Office before dinner, and returned. There were only Mr. Brooks, Edward and Gorham besides ourselves. Tolerably pleasant, and home, by seven. But from some cause or other we were extraordinarily fatigued, and after a few minutes of writing I was glad to get to bed.

Friday. 26th. CFA Friday. 26th. CFA
Friday. 26th.

As the season advances the days seem to grow warmer. This was quite like Summer. I remained at home all day and passed my time in occupation. Read ten Chapters or sections in the twenty sixth book of Livy, very good, also of the Discourses on Davila, of which I much desire to form an opinion. They were undoubtedly the cause of offense to Mr. Jefferson who professed to find in them monarchical principles. I wish to form opinions as deliberately as possible, upon this subject inasmuch as this is an important point in the history of my grandfather and the country.

Joseph H. Adams came down at noon and persuaded my father and myself to go with him to Mr. Greenleaf’s Wharf to bathe.1 The water however was very cold and prevented our remaining in it long. In the afternoon I was much occupied upon the letters of my grandmother which are very difficult to arrange. She neither dated nor addressed the greater part, which makes it necessary to study them out from the text. In the evening, I was occupied in writing an article for the Advocate which I propose publishing as a communication, but the truth really is, writing is uphill work this year compared with the last.


Daniel Greenleaf’s wharf on Quincy Bay; see vol. 3:310.

Saturday 27th. CFA Saturday 27th. CFA
Saturday 27th.

A clear and warm day, and the roads very dusty from the past dry weather. I went to town and to the Office where I was occupied in various small ways. Mr. Curtis called in and sat a little while. I gave him the papers respecting Mr. Boylston’s affairs and talked them over.1 Mr. Walsh also came in and talked but had nothing new. Mr. Proctor 80came in to see me about an application made to me about the House occupied by his Mother.2 Having settled this matter and having failed in seeing Mr. Ayer on whose estimates I had depended, I returned to Quincy.

Afternoon very quietly engaged in reading Livy, and Davila, with a short time to the MS. But time passes and as usual I make a complaint of the little that I bring about. This is so often repeated that it has lost some of its force. Yet I ought to keep it in mind.

Evening at home. I was some time engaged in writing a political article in the evening and succeeded in finishing one although it did not satisfy me. My interest in politics is much slackened. My father’s position has altered and as usual with it his feelings. My own pursuit of the subject has been mainly with a view to aid him, and now that he does not need it, I go on only because I have got into the track. There are many points that I think might be touched with some force but I hardly feel the zeal necessary to produce it. Being somewhat fatigued, retired early.


Nathaniel Curtis, JQA, and Mrs. Boylston were executors of the will of Ward Nicholas Boylston and as such had also had to assume the administration of the estate of Thomas Boylston; CFA served as his father’s deputy in these affairs; see vol. 3:5, 13.


Mrs. Eliza Proctor was JQA’s tenant at 101 Tremont Street; see vol. 4:360.