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Browsing: Diary of Charles Francis Adams, Volume 2


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Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0006-0030

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-06-30

Saturday June 30th.

Miss Roberdeau and Mary remain to take care of the family. I studied as usual. Received a letter from Abby which did not please me, and this added to my feelings at the moment, produced rather a querulous reply.1 In the evening I rode with John.
1. Abigail wrote that her former suitor, Ignatius Sargent, who was a business partner of Peter C. Brooks Jr., had come to Medford twice during the previous week to see her (Abigail B. Brooks to CFA, 24 June 1827, Adams Papers). CFA replied stiffly that it seemed that Sargent “was yielding to an unnecessary temptation to see a great deal of you,” but he added: “I am not jealous of him for the single reason that I am not afraid of you” (CFA to Abigail B. Brooks, 30 June 1827, same).

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0007-0001

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-07-01

Sunday July 1st.

Occupied as usual filing newspapers, and did but very little else during the remainder of the day. I wrote however a reply1 to a letter from Richardson which I received some days since and in the evening rode with the ladies.
1. Missing.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0007-0002

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-07-02

Monday July 2d.

I omitted to read Coke upon Littleton this morning and occupied myself in trying to get through all the labor of effectually securing my title to my books. I received a letter from Abby which put me into very good spirits. And the day passed more pleasantly than any one which we have had since Madame’s departure. But the weather is very warm. A ride and Billiards in the evening.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0007-0003

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-07-03

Tuesday July 3rd.

My avocations as usual. No thing of particular interest. Feeling particularly affectionate I wrote a letter to Abby which is the first really deserving the title of love letter.1 We had a small party to dine consisting of Genl. Macomb and Cols. Roberdeau and Thayer of the Army, Count de Menou,2 and Mr. Frye, a small and rather pleasant dinner. In the evening, a ride, very warm.
1. CFA wrote: “I have been thinking of you in all the delightful views which my mind brings up, and I find that language is entirely too poor to give expression to them. It is impossible for me to repeat the . . . cant of every day love letters. . . . I could not call you ‘my angel’ if I thought you so. For all this is Common place. The most foolish trifler would use the same words in addressing the weakest of women” (CFA to Abigail B. Brooks, 3 July 1827, Adams Papers).
2. The French chargé d’affaires at Washington (Force, National Calendar, 1828, p. 283).
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