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Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0002-0010-0009

Author: CFA
Date: 1826-08-13

[13 August.] 1

On Sunday the 13th we left it [Ballstown] on our return to Albany and stopped at Troy for the night. Almost all the pleasant company left Ballstown the same day. Among others I should not omit to mention the amiable and handsome family of the Powels of Philadelphia.2 Our regret was not very great therefore, at turning our backs upon Ballstown, excepting that I felt a little distress least it might only open a new scene of adventure. We stopped at Troy that evening and making a mistake as to the Hotel, we got wretched accommodations. In the evening we went to Mr. Dickinson’s where we had a horribly dull evening.3 But these minutiae tease and disgust me. My spirits were sinking lower every day, with the consciousness that I was to be dragged about from place to place with all my woes about me.
1. From D/CFA/5.
2. John Hare Powel (1786–1856), father of the family, was a former soldier, wealthy merchant, agriculturist, and author. He was secretary of the U.S. legation in London from 1809 to 1811 and much later was state senator ( DAB ).
3. Probably John Dean Dickinson (1767–1841), politician and sometime Congressman from Troy ( Biog. Dir. Cong. ; Dickinson to JQA, 11 Sept. 1826, Adams Papers.)