Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 8

Saturday 18th. CFA Saturday 18th. CFA
Saturday 18th.

Lovely day. Morning at home. Afternoon to Quincy. Evening at my father’s.

My time was wholly taken up today in the preparations for our removal, which have come more heavily this year than usual. I expected my Mother also from Washington and this cost me three journies to the Railway depot before I found her and effected her transfer to 237Quincy. The packing and sending out the things at the same time with both families is laborious. Yet at five o’clock in the afternoon, after dining at home, I shut up the town house and moved into the country. Upon no similar occasion have I been so much fatigued. Nevertheless I went down in the evening to see the family who seemed very bright after their journey. Miss Mary Cutts is with them and comes to spend the Summer.1 To bed early overfatigued.


Mary Elizabeth Estelle Cutts, a close friend of LCA, was a visitor at the Old House for extended periods on several occasions. She was a daughter of Richard Cutts, a representative in Congress from Maine, and Anna Payne, sister of Dolly Madison. JQA wrote the obituary of Richard Cutts published in the National Intelligencer, 22 April 1845 (p. 3, col. 6), and later reprinted in NEHGR , 2:277–278 (July 1848) as “Notices of the Cutts Family.” See also JQA, Diary, 4 Aug., 30 Nov. 1845; 27–28 Aug. 1847; LCA to ABA, 26 April 1848, Adams Papers.

Sunday 19th. CFA Sunday 19th. CFA
Sunday 19th.

Fine day. Divine service as usual. Evening at my father’s.

I occupied myself part of the day in writing a very brief article for Mr. Hunt, also in the usual lesson with Louisa intermitted last Sunday in consequence of her accident.

Attended divine service and heard Mr. Lunt preach from Matthew 3. 11. “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear, he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire.” I think I have heard this sermon before and on the whole do not consider it as among the most remarkable of Mr. Lunt. It is with regret that I hear of some little dissatisfaction in the parish with him. I feared it would be so as he is not a man of popular manners, the essential point for a clergyman in these days.

Afternoon Mr. Whitney 1. Corinthians 15. 19. “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.” I could hardly hear him although it is of little consequence as I have often heard the Sermon before.

Read a discourse of Bishop Atterbury. Job 22. 21. “Acquaint now thyself with God, and be at peace.” A support under affliction to be found in the knowledge of the attributes of God. Evening at the house of my father.

Monday 20th. CFA Monday 20th. CFA
Monday 20th.

Fine day. Morning reading. Division of time. Evening at the house.

I made arrangements today for the ordinary division of my studies. I propose to begin with an examination of the subject of currency in 238order to furnish a Review of the work of Mr. Tucker which shall answer. It is a little singular that I should have undertaken to write two Pamphlets upon the subject having done so little in the way of examination of what had been written before. Yet if I had read all I have since I should not probably have expressed my own thoughts so distinctly nor enunciated the propositions which I still believe to be the only safeguards of our Banking system. Read today Mr. Locke’s paper upon lowering the value of interest and raising coin1 and several chapters of Tucker. In the Afternoon, began Lucan’s Pharsalia.2

My division of time is now designed to be as follows. In the morning, composition and study of Tucker. One hour of German. After dinner, Lucan, and resuming Grimm.3 But this I do not suppose I shall be able to fall into immediately. Evening at my father’s. Walk in the fields with my boys.


“Considerations of the Consequences of Lowering the Interest and Raising the Value of Money,” 1691, is in vol. 5 of Locke’s Works at MQA.


There are three editions in Latin of Lucan’s Pharsalia at MQA: London, 1751, Zweibrücken, 1783, and London, 1820; the last was CFA’s copy.


CFA had read in Baron Frédéric Melchior de Grimm’s Correspondance several times over the years, finding Grimm satisfying as a critic; see vol. 6:120–121; entry for 9 Nov. 1837, above.