Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 2

150 Tuesday. August 7th. 1827. CFA Tuesday. August 7th. 1827. CFA
Tuesday. August 7th. 1827.

Called at George’s. Met Richardson. Selected a room at Mrs. Wilson’s boarding house in Cambridge Street1 for my future domicile. Took a salt water bath. Richardson dined and spent the afternoon with me. After which I rode to Quincy.

1.

Mrs. Ann Wilson ran a boarding house at 3 Cambridge Street ( Boston Directory, 1829–1830).

Wednesday. August 8th. 1827. CFA Wednesday. August 8th. 1827. CFA
Wednesday. August 8th. 1827.

I found Thomas B. Adams Jr. here upon my arrival. He looks much as he did excepting that exposure has destroyed the effeminacy of his skin. On the whole much improved. Mr. Brooks and Mr. Everett called in the morning and my Aunt had a number of visitors in the Evening. I returned to Boston quite late.

Thursday. August 9th. CFA Thursday. August 9th. CFA
Thursday. August 9th.

Took a salt water bath and stopped at George’s. Wrote a note to Abby1 and rode to Quincy in the Stage, Mrs. Royall in Company.2 This lady being my aversion, I took care to remain Incognito until after I had got out of her reach. And after that I cared not for her anger which was great.

1.

Missing.

2.

Anne (Newport) Royall (1769–1854), the author of several books of travel and of a novel, The Tennessean, 1827, which has been called “one of the worst ever written in America” ( DAB ). Mrs. Royall’s account of her encounter with Adams has been quoted in the Editorial Introduction to these volumes.

Friday August 10th. 1827. CFA Friday August 10th. 1827. CFA
Friday August 10th. 1827.

Day spent in desultory reading, more particularly in examining a book called The Study of the Law,1 in which there is much which coincides with my own previously formed ideas. Mr. Webster came to see my father and I took the occasion of speaking to him about entering his Office.

1.

GWA’s copy of The Study and Practice of the Law Considered, in their Various Relations to Society, by “a Member of Lincoln’s Inn” [i.e. J. Raithby], London, 1816, is in the Stone Library.

Saturday. August 11th. 1827. CFA Saturday. August 11th. 1827. CFA
Saturday. August 11th. 1827.

The whole day passed at Quincy in reading. Mr. Edward Miller, Mr. Marston and Mr. Beale1 dined with us. They are Quincy gentlemen, and have pleased me more in this my last visit than I had thought. My father was called upon in the evening by Mr. Webster and his New Hampshire brother2 but he had gone with Mr. Quincy and 151Col. Perkins3 to see the Railway. George came out with Col. Winthrop in the evening and we had a lively conversation upon the subject of Genl. Jackson’s late letter.4

1.

George W. Beale (1782–1851), whose estate adjoined the Adams homestead on the west (Pattee, Old Braintree and Quincy , p. 241).

2.

Ezekiel Webster (1780–1829), who managed the Webster family farm in Boscawen, N.H. (Fuess, Webster , 1:14, 92–93).

3.

Thomas Handasyd Perkins (1764–1854), the Boston merchant, philanthropist, and Federalist politician, was president of the Quincy granite quarry and had one of the first railroads in the United States constructed to carry its products two miles to the sea ( DAB ; JQA, Diary, 11 Aug. 1827).

4.

See entry for 8 July, and note, above.