Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 8

Tuesday 27th. CFA Tuesday 27th. CFA
Tuesday 27th.

Cold and clear. Usual division of time. Evening, visits.

At the Office today making up arrears. The division of occupation now becomes so monotonous that I hardly deem it worth while to 147record it. I resumed the Alcestis of Euripides going over what I had already read. This practice must be adhered to.

Continued Burr, and resumed my voluntary task of making a Catalogue of the Athenaeum coins. In order to remove them from danger, when my house was entered, I put them into a trunk in great disorder, which will cost me some additional labour.

Made another unsuccessful visit to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Blake and then went to see Mr. and Mrs. Frothingham with whom we spent an agreeable hour. Finished the last of my numbers. They will not pay the cost.

Wednesday 28th. CFA Wednesday 28th. CFA
Wednesday 28th.

Milder and clear. Usual division of time. Evening Mr. Brooks and Mr. and Mrs. Frothingham and Thomas with us.

Nothing of moment to record of my morning which seems to be doomed to the same kind of worthless waste that has always so fretted me in Boston. Went to the Athenaeum but found nothing.

Mr. G. Whitney the minister of Jamaica Plains called to ask for a Lecture there. I told him my principles and he fell into them. This business of lecturing is attended with mighty little profit. I do it only because it enables me to gain some foothold in the Community.

Euripides. Coins and Burr. A very pleasant visit from Mr. and Mrs. Frothingham and Mr. Brooks, after which I tried to revise my Lecture upon Northern Adventure with little success.

Thursday 29th. CFA Thursday 29th. CFA
Thursday 29th.

Clear and mild. Thanksgiving day. Service and evening at Mr. Frothingham’s, family.

I read today the greater part of a volume of travels by Mr. Stephens of New York.1 They are amusing and superficially instructive.

Attended divine service and heard Mr. Frothingham preach from Psalms 89. 15. “Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound.” A very good discourse upon the connexion of the Institutions of Religion with Government and politics as contributing to cherish the true moral tone which is the salvation of all temporal blessings. An occasional hit at Mr. Emerson not without effect and well done. On the whole, the best Thanksgiving sermon I have heard.

At home today with my family. Afternoon, coins and Burr. Evening, the Brooks family at Mr. Frothingham’s where we had a pretty Supper and finished the evening.


Probably, John Lloyd Stephens, Incidents of Travel in Greece, Turkey, Russia, and Poland, 2 vols., N.Y., 1838.