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Browsing: Diary of Charles Francis Adams, Volume 2


Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0005-0013

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-05-13

Sunday May 13th.

I was quite busy all day but what constituted my occupation beyond filing my papers I cannot think.1 In the afternoon I was fully occupied in writing to Abby, in answer to her’s received last Friday. In the evening Miss Mary Buchanan came to remain with us a few days.
{ 129 }
1. CFA also worked on the Executive Record, read Disraeli’s Vivian Grey, and began An Account of the Voyages Undertaken by the Order of his Present Majesty for Making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere, ed. John Hawkesworth, 3 vols., London, 1773 (D/CFA/1).

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0005-0014

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-05-14

Monday. May 14th.

Employed much as usual. I commenced another volume of my Copy of the Executive Record, making the third and probably the last which I shall accomplish during my stay here. Not finishing as I had intended in consequence of the abridgment of my stay. I received a letter from Abby.1 During the two past days I have been reading Vivian Grey and finished it to day instead of reading Law. At least I found it impossible to do so. The book strikes me as of very considerable merit. Not being able to fix upon any thing in the way of study after it, I went to fish.2
1. Missing.
2. CFA also read Hawkesworth’s Voyages. He spent the evening with the ladies of the family (D/CFA/1).

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0005-0015

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-05-15

Tuesday May 15th.

Missing the performance of my Record I arose very early indeed and went out to fish with John. The weather became bad very soon which drove us down to the Bridge by way of protection where we found excellent sport. On my return I was agreeably surprised by another letter from Abby, with an inclosure from Harriet Welsh.1 Very much fatigued.
1. Concerned over GWA’s unsteady habits and over his distaste “for his office as a law place,” Harriet Welsh advised CFA to persuade his brother to come to Washington for the summer (Harriet Welsh to CFA, 11 May 1827, Adams Papers).

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0005-0016

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-05-16

Wednesday May 16th.

Owing to my fatigue I did not perform my exercises as usual before breakfast. And consequently was occupied during a large part of the morning in making up the omissions for the two mornings regular occupation. But my law suffered in consequence. I barely finished this when I sat down to write to Abby an answer to the two last of her’s. Our information from Boston has been that George has failed in his election to the Legislature on the first trial, but with such a vote that it is probable he will succeed in the next.1 Evening at home as usual. Billiards.
1. Running for the Massachusetts legislature on a pro-Administration ticket, GWA received 1430 votes, but 1585 were required for a choice. His defeat was apparently due to the presence of five tickets in the field, for only candidates who received the endorsement of two or more factions were chosen (JQA, Diary, 16 May 1827; Columbian Centinel, 9 and 12 May { 130 } 1827). Promptly renominated, GWA also failed on the second election attempt (Columbian Centinel, 19 May 1827).