Morning, walk, arrangement with Mr. Dickinson,1 Note from Abby, and Mr. Everett, unfavourable news,2 evening at home, low spirits.
1. Anson Dickinson (1779–1852), one of the most successful miniaturists of his day (Groce and Wallace, Dict. Amer. Artists). His portrait of CFA was completed a few days later and was intended for Abigail
Brooks; see entries for 10 and 12 March, below.
2. Abigail Brooks’ note to CFA is missing. Everett’s letter relayed P. C. Brooks’ injunction
to his daughter: “Considering . . . that you are away from home, that you are both
very young, that your acquaintance is a short one, that the thing has come upon us
most unexpectedly, and that we have no personal knowlege of Mr. Adams,—I hope you
will not think it unreasonable, or unfeeling, if we make it our request that your
answer to Mr. Adams be delayed for the present.” Everett wrote to ask “more specifically
and definitively” what Mr. Brooks’ wishes were and, pending a reply, took his sister-in-law
and his wife on a trip into the Shenandoah valley (P. C. Brooks to Abigail Brown Brooks,
1 Mar. 1827; Everett to CFA, 5 Mar. 1827, Adams Papers).