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Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0012-0017

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-12-17

Monday. 17th.

Morning, a short time at the Office. Went then to see Abby at her { 194 } sister’s, and passed the afternoon with her. Mr. Thos. Welsh sent for me to intimate that I had talked George too low for that he had inoculated his friends with the same notion of despair in regard to political affairs. This gave occasion to an idea that I might write something which could bring up the spirits of the Party. But the vis is not in me and prudence also would forbid. But something of the kind is undoubtedly necessary. Abby wished me to remain with her so I broke my engagements at the Moot Court for the first time, and passed a much more agreeable evening with her.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0012-0018

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-12-18

Tuesday 18th.

Wrote a letter to my father. Then went to see Abby and passed the morning with her. It commenced snowing last night and did not stop today. A. did not go out to Medford in consequence. My afternoon was wasted at the Office without my doing any thing whatever. The evening was spent at Mrs. Frothingham’s where I remained until after ten.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0012-0019

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-12-19

Wednesday. 19th.

Found myself suffering this morning with a violent headache without being able to account for it. Went to Mrs. F.’s and passed a couple of hours with Abby. She went out of town. I forgot to mention yesterday that I had received a letter from my Mother with one inclosed to Abby in which she says there is no prospect of John’s present marriage. At the Office in the afternoon and at home reading in the evening. Little or nothing remarkable.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0012-0020

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-12-20

Thursday 20th.

Morning at the Office busily employed but not satisfactorily. The rumor is that Mr. Webster goes to England in which case I shall have to look for quarters elsewhere. This appointment will seal the destiny of this administration if it is not already fixed. Mr. W. may be very glad to escape from the country in the wreck of matter which will ensue.1 Afternoon busy at the Office copying Practice, and at home in the evening but not reading very usefully. Copied Executive Record.
1. The rumor that Webster would become minister to Great Britain was not entirely unfounded. During the winter of 1827–1828 Secretary of State Clay approached him on the subject and reported that “Webster somewhat earnestly desired it, being forty-six years of age, and, if to go abroad at all, wishing not to postpone it until altogether past the prime of life.” But John S. Barbour’s prior claims to the mission, plus the expense of serving as a diplomat abroad, caused Webster to defer his ambition. See JQA, Memoirs , 7:474; Fuess, Webster , 1:349–350.
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