Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 8

219 Thursday 18th. CFA Thursday 18th. CFA
Thursday 18th.

Morning cloudy but cleared. Division as usual. Afternoon Railway to Brighton. Evening at home.

I did something in the matter of my Review this morning although the ideas did not flow quite as freely as they sometimes do. Indeed the political history is the most difficult as it involves the reputation of the Review for fairness.

Saw Mr. Hunt again today who gave me Professor Tucker’s new work on Banking with a request that I would look it over.1 Home to read Ajax which was however clipped of it’s fair proportion.

After dinner I executed my long meditated design of going to a Nursery for trees but instead of getting to Kenricks which I find some distance from the Railroad station, I went to Winship’s at Brighton which is directly upon it. I did this only from a belief in it’s necessity and by no means from inclination inasmuch as I had always much disliked the manners of the men who manage it. I succeeded better today in getting trees as I saw a nephew who was more accommodating.2 My boy John went with me but we had a little superfluity of time before the train came back which hung upon our hands. We got home by seven where we found Mr. Brooks who passed an hour. Evening, Tucker.

1.

George Tucker was a long-time professor at the University of Virginia. The biography of Jefferson is the best known of his many published works on a variety of subjects ( DAB ). A copy of his The Theory of Money and Banks Investigated, Boston, 1839, is at MQA.

2.

For CFA’s earlier experience at the nursery of Jonathan and Francis Winship, see above, entry for 13 April 1837.

Friday 19th. CFA Friday 19th. CFA
Friday 19th.

Beautiful day. Morning to Quincy. Afternoon at home. Pamphlets. Evening, Dr. Gorham.

I expected Kirk with my horse early this morning so that I could make a long day of it but by a curious error, he did not notify me until I had given him up. I improved the time however to do some business, and more particularly to make use of a balance accumulated upon hand to pay off another Mortgage of the number upon the South Cove lots. This is the last but one. The money to be sure is not mine but my fathers and in doing this I only save myself the interest until July which is however of importance. If the time shall come when I can convert my Market Bank Stock without loss I may then free myself 220from this load and patiently bide the time when the land will realize something in compensation. Perhaps my children may benefit from it.

At eleven o’clock, Kirk came in and we went to Quincy. Found every thing only half done and looking very discouraging. I feel worried whenever I go out and see how my place looks compared with other places. Worked for the short time left in setting plants and then home which I barely reached by dinner time.

Afternoon finished one of the Pamphlets upon coinage, and looked over a publication made in Philadelphia last year and containing many important statistics for the year of the suspension. Evening, Dr. J. W. Gorham spent an hour. Finished the 1st vol. of Tucker.