Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 8

1 Thursday March 1st. CFA Thursday March 1st. CFA
Thursday March 1st.

Morning cloudy with every appearance of preparation for a storm but it cleared afterwards. I suffered from a head ach which disabled me from doing much. At the Office. Wife growing better again. Talk principally relating to the ferocious duel at Washington, the details of which are shocking enough. Short walk owing to a lame foot and stop in to see Sayer about my furniture.

I did not read much of Sophocles, but as my head began to trouble me less in the afternoon, I worked upon the coins with some industry and in the evening instead of attending one or two places to which I was invited remained at home following up Eckhel’s prolegomena respecting the coins. The mode of detecting counterfeits is laid down with some pretension but I fancy experience will be the only true guide.

Friday. 2d. CFA Friday. 2d. CFA
Friday. 2d.

A beautiful morning with some little admonition of the return of a more genial season. My Wife still continues much in the same condition, but mending. Office, where was Mr. Walsh on a begging errand of which I am tired and besides myself much straitened. Then Mr. Ladd to pay rent and finally Mr. S. O. Mead to announce his entire inability to do any thing about his Note. This was not unexpected to me though I confess very far from agreeable. How I shall get out of the scrape I know not but it is at present a pretty deep one. After talking it over a good deal without coming to any result we separated. Home. Sophocles.

Afternoon, Mr. Eddy1 called to notify me of annual accounts on a committee of the Middlesex Canal from which I had once been liberated and now remonstrated against my serving. He asked me to go over and look at a house which is just finished in the Neighborhood which he was showing to Mr. Brooks. I did so and was not greatly pleased with it.

At five I started to go to Medford according to arrangement to de-2liver my Lecture to the Lyceum there. Stopped to take tea at Mr. Angier’s. Found my Aunt much as usual. Delivered the Lecture to a numerous audience and was received as favourably as I could expect. Home by a few minutes past nine. What a matter of vanity this Lecture eloquence is, and what is fame but a shadow? Yet how men pursue it. Eckhel finished. Read Poggiana.2

1.

Caleb Eddy was superintendent and treasurer of the Middlesex Canal Co.; see vol. 5:224.

2.

Jacques Lenfant, Poggiana; ou La vie ... et les bon mots de Pogge Florentin [Poggio Bracciolini], 2 vols., Amsterdam, 1720.