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Browsing: Diary of Charles Francis Adams, Volume 2


Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0012-0024

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-12-24

Monday. 24th.

Received a letter from my Father, which should have arrived on Saturday. Morning wasted. Called on Sidney Brooks, his father, with whom I had some conversation upon different subjects, and Abby. Mrs. Everett has been confined but the third daughter creates a disappointment which will not soon be altered. Abby went to Medford with her brother and I remained in town very low spirited. I made an experiment with milk today for breakfast but I was paid for it by one of the most severe head aches which I ever suffered from. This did not prevent my copying as usual in the afternoon. Took a walk to get rid of it but did not succeed. Attended the Moot Court and owing to the absence of the two other Justices, I was unexpectedly called upon to make Notes for a decision next week.1
1. The issue argued was whether the endorser of a note could bring evidence against its validity in an action to recover the amount from the maker of the note. CFA decided: “This witness is incompetent” (CFA, Law Miscellanies, M/CFA/17, Adams Papers, Microfilms, Reel No. 311).