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Browsing: Diary of Charles Francis Adams, Volume 2


Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0005-0003-0007

Author: CFA
Date: 1829-03-07

Saturday. 7th.

I attended in the Supreme Court as much as I could but was exceedingly interrupted divers times during the morning. This I regretted the less on the whole as there was not much of interesting matter going on. Indeed I cannot say I lost any thing. But my time passed rapidly. The afternoon was occupied in arranging my materials { 354 } for what I should say, and the usual duty of writing to my Mother, which was not so interesting as usual because from some reason or other, I cannot find so much subject to write about. In the evening, I attended the meeting of the Debating Society and opened the subject. The attendance was thin and I did not feel inspired, the subject passed much as usual. I was dis-appointed in regard to the animation of the subject and the subject. The other members of the Committee overruling me.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0005-0003-0008

Author: CFA
Date: 1829-03-08

Sunday. 8th.

Attended divine service and heard Mr. Gannet deliver a Sermon somewhat in the usual style. I like him less and less. The morning was cloudy, but as he finished early I took the opportunity of going to Medford before dinner. My horse was unusually lively and I arrived there in a sleigh before their dinner time. Found Abby well and Mr. Emerson the young man there to dine. I was obliged to go and hear him in the afternoon and in the evening had a pleasant conversation with Abby. On the whole my last fortnight has been very happy. And this method of passing Sunday is a luxury. In the evening Mr. Brooks talked to me upon the subject of my marriage disclosing the fact that any further delay should not be made by him to my marriage. Or in other words that as soon as he could fix upon a house for us, we might use our own judgment about it. I feel much obliged to him for this kindness, but the particular moment is passed and now I prefer to postpone until September or October. But I am glad to see some hope of the close of this, and though it may be a thing I should not wish, yet who could help it.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0005-0003-0009

Author: CFA
Date: 1829-03-09

Monday 9th.

Returned to town rather earlier than usual, as Mr. Brooks came in with me. The morning was pleasant and we had an agreeable ride. On reaching town, I attended Court as usual. The Inaugural Address of General Jackson was much the subject of Conversation. It is a feeble production, remarkable for nothing but it’s jesuitical spirit in the leading topics of difference at present agitating the Community, and the strong contrast it presents to the productions of his predecessor.1 The afternoon was passed in writing, and the evening at Dr. Welsh’s, conversing with Miss Harriet upon matters and things in general.
1. For Andrew Jackson’s first inaugural address, see Richardson, ed., Messages and Papers , 2:436–438.
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