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Browsing: Diary of Charles Francis Adams, Volume 2


Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0010-0032

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-10-31

Friday 31st.

Arose this morning with a slight head ache which worried me for nearly the whole of the day. I remained at home and read some of a life of the late King of England which I took up to give me some idea of the facts which existed during the reign, and not from any merit in the work which is the production of a man named Scott.1 There was a dinner here today. I received and answered a pleasant letter from Abi which I answered in the afternoon previous to it. This is possibly the last dinner which I shall witness in this House. The Company consisted of Mr. and Mrs. P. B. Porter,2 Mr. Vaughan, Mrs. St. André, Baron Krudener, Mr. Bresson, Judge Anderson,3 Sir William Eden, a young English puppy,4 Mr. Baillie, Mr. Bankhead, Doyle, Ternaux a companion of Bresson on his tour, Krehmer, Orhanda, Russians, Dr. Lovell, Mr. Lovell,5 Mr. Anderson,6 Baron Lederer,7 Mr. Richardson of Baltimore8 and this family. The dinner was a beautiful specimen of the richest of luxury. And I partook of it accordingly, after which, I went with Mr. and Mrs. Smith to Mrs. Rush’s where we passed an hour not tediously though not very agreeably. We returned early.
This is the day upon which the great Presidential question which has so long agitated the Country commences to assume a definitive result. And our family are at last to cease being the eternal subjects of contention and abuse. I am rejoiced at this, and as to the general prospect, whatever it may be, I rely with great confidence in Heaven, that in any event, it will turn out for the best.
1. Robert Scott (pseud. of James Robins), The History of England during the Reign of George III, 4 vols., London, 1824.
2. Peter Buell Porter (1773–1844), had since May 1828 been the Secretary of War ( DAB ).
3. Joseph Anderson (1757–1837), the First Comptroller of the Treasury ( Biog. Dir. Cong. ).
4. Sir William Eden (b. 1803), who was to become 6th Baronet of Windle-stone Hall in 1844 (Edward Walford, The County Families of the United Kingdom, London, 1868, p. 314).
5. Dr. Joseph Lovell, the surgeon-gen• { 302 } eral, and his uncle, James Lovell, of Boston (JQA, Diary, 29 Oct. 1828).
6. Alexander Outlaw Anderson (1794–1869), the son of the First Comptroller, who later became Senator from Tennessee ( Biog. Dir. Cong. ).
7. The Austrian consul (Force, National Calendar, 1828, p. 285).
8. Presumably George R. Richardson, a Baltimore lawyer ( Matchett’s Baltimore Directory, 1831).

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0011-0001

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-11-01

Saturday November 1st.

Morning dark and cloudy. I was oppressed with head ache during the morning in consequence perhaps of a little indiscretion at table yesterday. My system has lost it’s tone for rich living. I read and was delighted with the speech of Mr. Burke upon American taxation, and continued the biography of George the 3d besides a little of the life of Columbus aloud to my Mother, which it will not be in my power to finish, however, until after my return home. In the evening, I recovered and passed it as usual, in conversation, and reading and playing backgammon with my Mother.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0011-0002

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-11-02

Sunday. 2d.

The day extremely cloudy and heavy rain. Being the first rain of any continuance which we have had since my departure from Boston. I remained at home but did little or nothing but read. Finished a volume of Scott’s Biography of George 3d. The remainder of the time was passed in dull conversation.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0011-0003

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-11-03

Monday. 3d.

The day was extremely rainy and dark, being in some measure similar in it’s tempestuous character to the human agitation which is going on. This day closes the struggle for power which has been so long distressing the nation. It’s result is with God. I remained at home all day conversing with my Mother and the family upon indifferent subjects. My stay here is rapidly closing and with it the languor which has relaxed my mind. The future does not present much pleasure at present but I rely on the Deity. My feelings are at this moment strongly religious. They arise from the peculiarity of my situation which leads me to find consolation in hope. I never express it in public for a man’s heart should be known only to his Maker. Read a volume of the biography of George the Third.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0011-0004

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-11-04

Tuesday. 4th.

Arose early in the morning and commenced my preparations for { 303 } my removal. Made all my arrangements previous to the arrival of the Mail waiting only to see if any letter from Abby would change my decision. One arrived which instead of changing confirmed it. I therefore packed my trunk in the afternoon and had time also to take a ride with my mother, calling upon my Aunt Frye to take my leave. She was not at home. On my return my Father called upon me and asked me into his room. When he gave me a sum of money for my travelling expenses and made me also a gift of two shares in the Middlesex Canal Company.1 This was meant as kindness, and I received it as well as I could, but nothing like this can efface the effect of the conversation of last August.2 It burns like a rankling sore; it is destined to have a material influence upon my futurity, for it cut me in the most agonized spot. But as my father, I must still respect him and though he has misunderstood me most fatally, I shall not cease to perform my duties with only a less willing heart. Evening with the family.
1. The shares were worth about $250 each. See CFA, “A Paper on the Middlesex Canal,” 7 Feb. 1829, in his Composition Book, Adams Papers, Microfilms, Reel No. 315.
2. See entry for 22 Aug., above.