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Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0005-0003-0030

Author: CFA
Date: 1829-03-30

Monday. 30th.

Morning at the Office and in Court. Heard an argument which did not instruct me and so returned to read Blackstone. Attendance upon { 361 } Court is useful, but the tedium of it is at times extremely discouraging. In the afternoon. Read Say for an hour and then went to the funeral of Dr. Gorham. The number of persons who attended was very large and there was something solemn in the idea. We followed the body to Brattle Street Church and heard a Prayer from Dr. Channing with an Address by Dr. Jackson. The place was crowded. I could not help feeling this voluntary tribute to moral worth. It struck me more in its simplicity and in my precise state of feeling than would have done much more expensive, perhaps more brilliant exhibitions and performances. Dr. Jackson did not succeed in touching the feelings. These were affected purely by the circumstances. They did not need, nor obtain any adventitious aid. I did not follow the body to the grave, it being late, and about to rain, having paid already my mite of respect to his memory. Evening at the Office, reading Pope’s Correspondence.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0005-0003-0031

Author: CFA
Date: 1829-03-31

Tuesday 31st.

Morning rainy and dull. At the Office and in Court. Heard an argument upon the right of the Mayor and Aldermen to take land for the purpose of making improvements. Mr. Otis gave us a voluntary upon the subject. His manner of speaking is agreeable but not very affecting. He has an easy, graceful manner of saying things which pleases, but not those which convince. I felt today exceedingly affected by my walk of the other evening. My system seemed to be entirely relaxed by it and I was a little disposed to be low spirited, though I received a long and pleasing letter from my father. Afternoon reading Say. Mr. Davis called and chatted with me for some time. I was glad to see him. Evening, Correspondence of Mr. Pope with Aaron Hill. He does not shine very much in that business.

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

Author: CFA
Date: 1829-04-01

Wednesday. April 1st.

Morning at the Office. In Court for a short time but the case did not instruct me, so after a short conversation with George, I returned to read Blackstone. I feel restless, and troubled at knowing Abby is in town and not seeing her, but I do not know how to go and trouble the family. Afternoon, much interested in the Chapters of Say upon the exclusive system, though not convinced. Took a short walk with spirits only moderate. Evening, Pope’s Correspondence with Swift.

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

Author: CFA
Date: 1829-04-02

Thursday. April 2nd.

Morning at the Office, and in Court. The Judges occupied the morn• { 362 } ing in delivering opinions upon the different cases argued, previous to their adjourning. Few cases of much importance were passed and I thought the opinions less distinct than they were the other day. The rain fell heavily, and the day was dark. In the afternoon, read Say so long that I weakened my powers of attention. I am disposed to think that the mind will not bear being forced too long, for I always find my best acquisitions are those which are made in short and severe application. Evening, did not go out, but read part of Mr. Blunt’s Annual Register.1
1. Joseph Blunt published the American Annual Register from 1827 to 1835 ( Appletons’ Cyclo. Amer. Biog. , 1:297).