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Browsing: Diary of Charles Francis Adams, Volume 2


Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0005-0006-0017

Author: CFA
Date: 1829-06-17

Wednesday. 17th.

Morning fine. I arose early and took a Bath though the water was low and not very pleasant. Then at the Office. Passed some time in writing my Index and then went to Dr. Welsh’s for some books I wanted to read. Conversation with Harriet Welsh. She is a little too officious. I then went and made a call upon Julia Gorham whom I { 391 } have not seen since the death of her father. She looks poorly and seems out of spirits. The remainder of the morning passed in studying law. Starkie on Evidence. In the afternoon, I commenced Bishop Burnet’s History of his own Times,1 as a continuation of Clarendon. Read also some biographies by Scott, of Sterne, Goldsmith, Johnson and Mackenzie. This with a few numbers of the Spectator passed the time. Received a short letter from John2 at New York stating their case, and that they would arrive tomorrow. He is surprised I did not write which is absurd, for I could do nothing without instructions. After tea, I took a walk. Evening cloudy, and I felt unusually fatigued.
1. CFA’s copy of Bishop Gilbert Burnet’s History of His Own Times, 6 vols., Oxford, 1823, is in the Stone Library, along with two other editions of this work. JA’s set, published in London, 1753, 4 vols., is in the Boston Public Library ( Catalogue of JA’s Library , p. 39).
2. Missing.