Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 8

Friday 10th. CFA Friday 10th. CFA
Friday 10th.

Clear day. Division as usual. Evening at Mrs. Frothingham’s.

Louisa had a good night and although severely bruised appears not to be materially injured. There was a weight upon my spirit all day as if I hardly knew how to be sufficiently grateful for the mercy that had

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been shown me. My daughter is thoughtless and selfwilled both of which qualities require from her parents a degree of supervision which she may fail of receiving. I must put my trust as I ever do in a superior power, fearing that I may not deserve to be always meeting with mercy rather than with judgment.

Office where I was rather indolent. Attended to accounts and read a little of the North American Review. Afternoon occupied in reading over my Article for Dr. Palfrey the last time. It dissatisfied me utterly. I think it poor and yet I have laboured upon it with pertinacity. Review writing is not my forte. It requires more time and labour than it is worth. I shall send it because I do not think it of any consequence whether it is published or not but I expect no gain to my reputation from it.1

Evening to Mrs. Frothingham’s. A meeting of the members of the family including Sidney and his Wife who are here. Much as usual.


The letter to the Rev. Palfrey accompanying the review of Matthew L. Davis’ Memoirs of Aaron Burr and of his Private Journal, is in the Adams Papers. The review would appear in the July issue of the North Amer. Rev. , 49:155–206. Two drafts in CFA’s hand are in the Adams Papers (M/CFA/23.1, Microfilms, Reel No. 317).

Saturday 11th. CFA Saturday 11th. CFA
Saturday 11th.

Fine day but cool. Time as usual. Evening at home.

Louisa continues to recover. God be praised for all his kindness. I can hardly see a cart without shuddering at the risk she ran.

Office where I had so many interruptions as to be able to do little. Deacon Spear and my father, Mr. N. Curtis and Dr. G. Parkman. My father came in to dine with Governor Winthrop.1 I also spent about an hour at an auction sale of horses and carriages and succeeded in purchasing a harness, in lieu of the ones stolen last winter.

Afternoon, finished Mr. Tucker’s volume upon Banks and currency which is a useful work considering a Virginian composes it.

Evening at home. Mr. Degrand called. Conversation with my father upon sundry matters. He remained at my house for the night. E. C. Adams also.


Thomas Lindall Winthrop had been lieutenant governor of Massachusetts from 1826 to 1832.

Sunday 12th. CFA Sunday 12th. CFA
Sunday 12th.

Beautiful day. Divine service in Boston and Quincy. Evening at home.


Louisa is improving and appears almost well. I can hardly credit it even when I have every reason to be so grateful. My father and Wife went to hear Dr. Channing in the morning, but I attended as usual at Dr. Frothingham’s and heard a very simple youth by name Parker1 preach from Matthew 22. 37.39. “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul and with all thy mind, thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” Upon this was built a discourse upon the connexion of morality with religion.

Immediately after the service, we went to Quincy. My father, my boy John and myself. Reached there in time for dinner and attended worship in the afternoon. Mr. Lunt preached from Luke 6. 31. “As ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.” A very good Sermon. He considered first the doctrine of pure selfishness next that of justice, and how superior this was to either. Mr. Lunt is certainly a good preacher but I learn that dissatisfaction with him is creeping into the parish. It is not possible to tell what popularity is. I cannot define it, and do not enjoy it any more than he. There are some men who are not made for it. His talent goes for nothing in the want of it and so does mine.

Returned to Boston and read a discourse of Dr. Holland from Proverbs 22. 6. “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Upon the necessity of education, sound but commonplace. Evening Mr. and Mrs. Minot called to see us.


Perhaps Theodore Parker who had taken a degree in divinity at Harvard in 1836 ( Harvard Quinquennial Cat. ).