Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 8

Friday 6th. CFA Friday 6th. CFA
Friday 6th.

A very lovely day, such as we have here and there in the course of our Spring to relish more from its contrast with the others. I went to the Office first to meet an applicant for the farm from Weston. After 19talking with him I then went to Quincy where I found Sayer hard at work upon the bookshelves. This seems like setting the heavy machinery in motion. After measuring for the rest of the furniture which detained me until later than I intended, I returned to town not getting there until after two. Of course nothing material could be done. Home. Afternoon coins. Evening, Dr. and Mrs. Frothingham spent with us pleasantly. No news.

Saturday 7th. CFA Saturday 7th. CFA
Saturday 7th.

A clear day though a change of wind had taken off the very genial feeling which marked the air of yesterday. I was much occupied at the Office in attending to Accounts and collecting various Dividends. W. Spear came in from Quincy on the settlement of his annual Account which was effected as usual. Mr. Walsh also came in and sat some time. Also I had a call from Mr. Bryent the furnace maker. Thus the whole morning passed and I went home late.

Missed Sophocles. Indeed it becomes usual from the time my country visits begin to neglect my literary occupations, and as yet I have some burden of care in regard to the arrangement for occupying the house. Mr. Walsh dined with me and sat so long that I did not much upon the coins. Evening, reading to my Wife resumed, the sixth volume of Scott which has just come out. After which, Eckhel’s Chapter upon votive coins.

Sunday 8th. CFA Sunday 8th. CFA
Sunday 8th.

A raw cold East wind, but clear until towards evening. I worked upon the coins pretty steadily until the time for divine service when I attended and heard Dr. Frothingham from Luke 24. 29. “Abide with us; for it is toward evening and the day is far spent.” I failed in mastering the object of this discourse although I thought it applied generally to the employment of life and particularly to the close of an aged member of the Society during the past week, Mr. Homer.1 Walk.

Afternoon, Mr. Austin preached a very uninteresting discourse from Matthew 28. 8. “Lo, I have told you.” His text and his discourse upon virtue appeared to me to have no distinctly visible connexion. Afternoon a sermon of Buckminster’s upon the character and writings of the Apostle Paul. 2. Peter 3. 15.16. “Even as our beloved brother Paul, also, according to the wisdom given unto him, hath written unto you, as also in all his Epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned

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and unstable wrest, as they do also the other Scriptures, unto their own destruction.” An interesting and instructive discourse.

Evening after a short visit from Mr. Tucker and Mr. Brooks, quiet at home. Reading the sixth volume of Scott which is interesting from it’s melancholy change. What a moral of life! Letter to my Mother.2

1.

Benjamin Homer, since 1805, had been a pew-holder in the First Church, hence a proprietor or member of what was variously designated as the Society of the First Church or the Old Brick Society, the entity through which the church acted on corporate as distinct from religious matters (The Records of the First Church in Boston, 1630–1868, ed. Richard D. Pierce, Col. Soc. Mass., Pubns., 40 [1961]:610, 482–492, 573–594 passim).

2.

Adams Papers. Accompanying the letter was CFA’s biographical sketch of LCA for her approval and transmission to the publisher.