Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 6

Sunday. 17th.

Tuesday. 19th.

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Monday. 18th.

Morning cloudy but warmer. I went to the Office and was occupied in a variety of little matters—Accounts. Went up to see Mrs. Fuller and obtain from her her rent. Then round to the Athenaeum calling at the Advocate Office where I saw Mr. Hallett. Conversation upon miscellaneous matters. He had an engagement and left the room and appeared evidently indisposed to enter upon any serious subject.

I think he suspects me, and will not therefore communicate all his sentiments upon the general subjects which he is pursuing. My situation must necessarily be a very delicate one. He told me however that the loco focos were put down in Boston and their paper was stopped which is a satisfactory point. He also told me that a remonstrance against the dictation of the Boston Custom House had also been signed by every member of the Legislature, of that party. I am afraid all these things will produce great inconvenience. The great point is to make harmony of action and there is nothing but quarreling. We must wait.

Home to read Livy but I did not, having procured a work on Architecture which I looked through.1 I have a fancy for building myself a small place but whether I execute it is doubtful. I have not the kind of disposition to like building.

Afternoon, Sismondi and Fouqué, finishing the second volume of the Magic Ring—An exceedingly unimportant ring so far as two volumes go. Evening after reading Madame Junot, to a ball at Mrs. J. C. Gray’s. Every body there—Quite an affair. I enjoyed it better than usual, although to me it is all vanity. Home late.

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CFA had brought from the Athenaeum John Soane’s folio of Sketches in Architecture; Containing Plans and Elevations of Cottages, Villas, &c., London, 1793.