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Browsing: Diary of Charles Francis Adams, Volume 2


Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0010-0029

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-10-29

Monday 29th.

I returned to Boston this morning alone, having a very pleasant ride as the weather had moderated exceedingly. On my going to George’s room I found a letter of a singular description had been received by him from my Mother.1 This created on his part some feeling and led to a general explanation of his affairs. Much was said on both sides, but I was gratified as it removed one of the bars { 178 } which had existed heretofore between us. Much can be done yet and if the heavens will only stand propitious the misery which threatens our family may yet be averted. I returned to my room and wrote a letter to my Mother concerning him.2 After dinner I was occupied in writing out the opinion upon the law case of last Monday which I delivered at the Court in the evening.3 Heard a case argued there and then took Supper with Richardson at the Boston Coffee House. We separated at ten.
1. Missing.
2. Missing.
3. See entry for 22 Oct., and note, above.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0010-0030

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-10-30

Tuesday 30th.

Morning at the Office and in the Circuit Court. The Captain who was tried on Thursday last was sentenced today. One hundred dollars fine and two years and a half of imprisonment. Called upon Mrs. Ticknor with George. At one o’clock went out with him to Jamaica Plains and dined with Mr. Boylston. He looked to me much worse than when we saw him on Friday. A certain Mr. Curtis dined with us, a sensible man.1 After drinking tea, we took leave of him perhaps for ever. The day had been very unpleasant. In the evening it rained, but I was quietly at home.
1. Nathaniel Curtis, of Roxbury, who was to become, along with JQA, an executor of Ward N. Boylston’s complicated will (JQA, Diary, 25 June 1829).

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0010-0031

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-10-31

Wednesday. 31st.

Morning occupied in reading Cruise. In the Circuit Court listening to the proceedings in a trial in which the validity of an assignment of the property of the De Wolfs of Rhode Island was discussed.1 Afternoon reading Cruise at the Office. Richardson called to see me in the evening and we amused ourselves tracing over in my Journal the history of College affairs.
1. The case was that of the New England Marine Insurance Company v. James De Wolf Jr. See entry for 6 Mar. 1829, and note, below.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0011-0001

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-11-01

Thursday. November 1st.

Morning occupied in copying a Lecture upon Practice in Law.1 A subject of which as yet I know nothing. I pursued the subject at the Office. Received a letter from my Mother2 which had a considerable effect upon my spirits for the remainder of the day. The family have evidently been in a state of high excitement about probable arrangements and I am much afraid that owing to the over earnestness { 179 } of my mother upon some unpleasant subject, my father has spoken.3 I then had a conversation with George which did not contribute to improve what had already been shaken, inasmuch as it unfolded to me clearly all the errors of his mind which are likely to operate upon his fate. Afternoon at the Office reading Cruise. Drank tea at Mrs. Frothingham’s and went in the evening to a Ball at Mrs. B. Joy’s.4 Abby, Julia Gorham, and George went with me and we had a very agreeable evening. The party was quite crowded. George seemed to have enjoyed himself very much and as I thought was very much in the mood of forgetting Miss Abigail Adams altogether. If this could only continue. I reached my room precisely at midnight.
1. The lectures which Judge Samuel Howe (1785–1828) delivered on the practice of law at his law school in Northampton were circulated in manuscript. CFA copied them in his legal commonplace book for 1827–1829 (Adams Papers, Microfilms, Reel No. 311). After Howe’s death (see entry for 21 Jan. 1828, below), the lectures were published under the title The Practice in Civil Action and Proceedings at Law, in Massachusetts, Boston, 1834 ( DAB ).
2. Missing.
3. The recent rumblings from members of the Adams household in Washington probably concerned JA2’s desire to marry Mary C. Hellen. Because his son was in no position to support a wife, JQA had refused his consent. The young people became engaged nevertheless (see entry for 8 Nov., below) but they were not married until February of the next year (Bemis, JQA , 2:118).
4. Mrs. Benjamin Joy, the wife of a merchant who lived at 33 Chesnut Street ( Boston Directory, 1829–1830).