Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 8

283 Thursday 22d. CFA Thursday 22d. CFA
Thursday 22d.

Warm day, bath, at home. Evening to Mrs. Adams’s.

Another extremely warm day. I went and took a bath at the Wharf this morning alone, the pleasantest of the season. Then at work upon copy which I pursued vigorously until noon. An hour devoted to Storch’s Economie politique, another to Menzel, both good and profitable studies. After dinner twenty sections of Tacitus and Grimm.

Mrs. John Adams and E. C. Adams dined with us and my father spent the day in town. In the evening I walked home with the latter of the ladies mentioned and spent an hour in conversation with Mrs. Adams. The men have been engaged yesterday and today in clearing the ditch below my house.

Friday. 23d. CFA Friday. 23d. CFA
Friday. 23d.

Warm day. To Boston. After dinner at home, and evening.

I went to town this morning and heard of an accident that befel Mrs. Everett yesterday by which she broke her arm. She is however pretty well under it. Elizabeth C. Adams went with me. I was much taken up in the manner common with me, in small commissions and accounts and in drawing up a statement for the heirs of T. B. Adams whose estate it is now my desire finally to settle. I did not however finish it before it was time to return.

Called on Dr. Bigelow as I went home to consult him about the baby who is teething. Then home which felt agreeably in comparison with the heated atmosphere that I left. A city is not for me in summer. Finished the fifteenth book of the Annals of Tacitus which is the last of the perfect books. What a record of the folly and crime of Nero! A little of Grimm. Evening at my father’s. A most beautiful moonlight night.

Saturday 24th. CFA Saturday 24th. CFA
Saturday 24th.

Warm day. At home, bath. Work as usual, evening at the Mansion.

I devoted myself to the usual train of occupations, with the exception of an hour for the bath to which I went with my father. I copied two or three letters and read Storch who is a very clear and sensible writer, but my programme is a pretty extensive one and I must shortly begin to devote more time to it than I do if I expect to fill it up well. This copying too can not be postponed a great while.


Afternoon, twenty sections of the sixteenth book of the Annals, and a little of Grimm. An hour at the Mansion in the evening.