Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 8

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Wednesday 19th.

Clear but high wind. At home all day. Evening at the Mansion.

I was at home and wrote over some portion of my Review of Tucker which did not quite please me. Then took a walk to Mrs. Adams to have a few minutes conversation with her son Isaac Hull about his affairs, then to the Mansion where I devoted two hours before dinner to an examination of MS papers of J.A. Found nothing very interesting.

Dined at the same. After dinner Lucan 9. 1–306, and a visit from the Miss Inches. Texier in whom I find much that is useful. Evening after my return from below a little of Mascou.

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Thursday 20th.

Clear but windy. At home occupied as usual. Evening family with us.

My time passes with so little variety now that I record its movement rather in compliance with habit than for any other reason. I gave to my Review of Tucker it’s final reading and then folded it up for dismissal. This puts me for the moment out of work. I think I shall take up the thread of our history, in connexion with an examination of the MS Papers of J.A. I look over them now without much method.

Lucan 9. 306–540. The march of Cato in Africa, highly extravagant and overwrought. It appears too like the sixth act of a play.

My father was here upon business. He has just received a letter from A. Giusta calling for money.1 This is not exactly convenient, he having already strained himself to pay off Hull Adams this year. I recommended to him a course which he will in the first place pursue. In the evening the family were with us. Read a little of Mascou.

1.

JQA’s indebtedness to his former manservant Anthony (Antoine) Giusta is alluded to in the entry for 8 March 1837, above. The debt, incurred in 1835, would remain unliquidated for another year (JQA, Diary, 28 Nov. 1840). Giusta’s career and his relations with the Adamses are recounted in that entry as well as at vol. 6:17, above.

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Friday 21st.

Cloudy but very warm. To Boston with my Wife. Afternoon at home and evening.

My Wife accompanied me to town, and the carriage took Mrs. J. Adams, Miss Cutts and all the children for the purpose of our meeting at the Court house and seeing the Giraffe which is now exhibiting. We found there Mrs. Everett with her children, Mr. Brooks and Mrs. Gor-253ham Brooks with her boy thus with our own tribe making quite a family party. I was curious to see this creature which is so singularly formed and so seldom met with, and my expectations were abundantly gratified. It is said to stand sixteen feet high, out of which the legs make nearly six, the difference in the length of which is much less than I imagined. It is quite tame, fond of apples which it will take from any one and show signs for more. At first sight the neck seems out of all proportion, but I fancy our ideas are merely relative on that subject and adapt themselves to what we see around us.

Office and commissions as usual. Home to dinner. The morning was warm but a sea fog came up by night. Lucan 9. 540–660 and a little work on the grounds. Evening my father sat with us so feeling rather tired I remained entirely at home.