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Browsing: Diary of Charles Francis Adams, Volume 2


Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0009-0030

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-09-30

Tuesday. 30th.

Took some medicine today again in order to prevent any recurrence { 289 } of these bilious symptoms during my stay here. The operation of it was not severe which convinces me that there was less occasion for it than I imagined. Morning passed with my Mother who seemed much better. Nothing occurred worthy of notice. My father seems at last to be making some arrangements for removal. But as yet I find nothing definite. I feel tempted to leave this place very much were it not that my Mother would suffer so much from it. Wrote a letter to Abby which took the afternoon,1 and passed the evening quietly with my Mother.
1. CFA’s letter in the Adams Papers is erroneously dated 1 October.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0010-0001

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-10-01

Wednesday. October 1st.

The weather today was cloudy with occasional showers of rain which kept us all in the house. I passed nearly the whole day in company with my Mother and endeavouring to amuse her. To this end, I read a little more of the life of Columbus to her. She seems to be recovering more rapidly. But occasionally I see a symptom which alarms me more than I wish to say, and today, she had a violent one. Received a pleasant letter from Abby who seems to desire my return almost as much as I wish it myself. I did nothing today, and this perfect vegetation of existence is terrible to me, though the course is now such as to be only in me the fulfilment of a duty.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0010-0002

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-10-02

Thursday. 2nd.

My room was changed this morning and I was established on much more comfortable principles than heretofore. Morning occupied in copying the Vaughan papers. The day was exceedingly fine and I took the opportunity of calling on Krehmer in return for his visit1 and paying a visit to Mrs. Johnston. I then walked down into the town to consult my tailor, for my clothes are in rather poor condition. Afternoon and evening with my Mother in conversation.
1. George Krehmer, second secretary of the Russian legation, with whom CFA as a boy had played in St. Petersburg (Force, National Calendar, 1829, p. 240; CFA to Abigail B. Brooks, 25 Sept. 1828, Adams Papers).

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0010-0003

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-10-03

Friday. 3rd.

Morning fine. It was passed without any attention to any particular subject. The morning is so wasted by the late hour of breakfast and the time I pass in company with my Mother, that I have no time at all to occupy myself in any thing remarkably useful. Took a ride with her and Mary. On my return, occupied myself in writing a letter { 290 } to Abby which was not completed when dinner was announced. Mr. Williams of Baltimore dined here.1 He is District Attorney of Maryland, and a great friend to the present Government, and reported to be a man of talents, but I did not discover any thing particularly agreeable in his conversation. In the evening, I was with my Mother part of the evening and a part of it conversing with Mary.
1. Nathaniel Williams, the United States district attorney for Maryland (Force, National Calendar, 1828, p. 271).