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Browsing: Diary of Charles Francis Adams, Volume 2


Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0004-0029

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-04-29

Tuesday. 29th.

Wrote a letter to my father as usual. No news from George yet. Took a little medicine this morning. I do not know whether I need it or not but I am a little hypochondriac and do it to raise my spirits. Finished the subject of real actions. Afternoon, at my room. Copied some Executive Record. Commenced Novanglus and Massachuttisensis1 and in the evening Voltaire’s Louis 14th. On the whole better content with myself than usual.
1. Two copies of Novanglus, and Massachusettensis; or, Political Essays, Published in the Years 1774 and 1775, on the Principal Points of Controversy, { 234 } between Great Britain and Her Colonies, Boston, 1819, are in the Stone Library. The work contained a preface by JA, the author of the “Novanglus” papers, written in reply to Daniel Leonard’s “Massachusettensis” papers, 1774–1775. See JA, Diary and Autobiography , 2:161. CFA was reading the work at the suggestion of his father, who thought it would help counter the Tory bias of Thomas Hutchinson’s History (JQA to CFA, 7 April 1828, Adams Papers).

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0004-0030

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-04-30

Wednesday. 30th.

Morning at the Office. Read Blackstone attentively this morning. Nothing from home. Went to Medford with Mr. Brooks today. The weather was fine and bids fair to open the season. Found Mr. and Mrs. Frothingham at Medford, and had a tolerably pleasant dinner. Abby was suffering from a bad cold. The day passed with little or nothing to render it remarkable.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0005-0001

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-05-01

Thursday. May 1st.

Returned to town with Mr. Brooks. We rode round through Cambridge to see the condition of some Farms there. The day was fine and my ride pleasant. Received a letter from my Mother announcing George’s return. It is in rather better spirits. Read Blackstone. Afternoon at my room copying Executive Record and reading. Then took a walk and read in the evening.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0005-0002

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-05-02

Friday. May 2nd.

Morning at the Office reading Blackstone. By application during the two days past I have progressed amazingly. Afternoon at my room copying Executive Record and reading. Took a walk over the Western Avenue and in the evening read part of Voltaire’s Louis 14th and finished the biographical sketch of Wolsey published by the English Society.1 On the whole my spirits have very considerably improved since the adoption of my new plan.
1. The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (London) was issuing in its Library of Useful Knowledge a series of brief biographies, including sketches of Cardinal Wolsey, by Katherine Thomson; Christopher Wren, by Charles Henry Bellenden Ker; Edward Coke, by Edward Plunkett Burke; William Caxton, by W. Stevenson; and Mohamet, by John Arthur Roebuck. These were later collected and published as Lives of Eminent Persons, London, 1833.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0005-0003

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-05-03

Saturday. May 3rd.

Morning at the Office. Wrote a letter to my Mother1 which occupied me until one o’clock. Went to Medford with Mr. Brooks. Found Abby sick and complaining. And strange to say, found myself extremely unwell in the course of the afternoon. Conversation with Abby. Passed { 235 } a very restless and disturbed night owing to a violent relaxation of my system.
1. Missing.