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Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0005-0005-0019

Author: CFA
Date: 1829-05-19

Tuesday. 19th.

Morning at the Office. Still no letters which keeps down my spirits exceedingly. Occupied myself in writing and reading Law. The weather was fine but exceedingly warm.
I thought I would go up and see the House which is destined for me.1 I examined it all over and was on the whole very much pleased with it. But I cannot realize the belief that I am really to live there. My feelings have always been that I should never marry and even now { 379 } when I see the preparations most actively going on I cannot overcome my presentiment. This might have been avoided, had I been married at once last Autumn, but now circumstances contribute to increase this old feeling powerfully. I do trust in Heaven.
I was so dull to day that I was glad to see Richardson who called to pay me a visit, and we decided upon dining together at the Exchange Coffee House which is open again. Our dinner was good and time agreeable, after which we decided upon riding to the Railway House. The weather was pleasant, but I got home on the whole, fatigued and disgusted even with pleasure.
1. P. C. Brooks purchased for his daughter the house at 3 Hancock Avenue, where the Adamses lived during the early years of their married life ( Boston Directory, 1830–1831).

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0005-0005-0020

Author: CFA
Date: 1829-05-20

Wednesday. 20th.

Morning at the Office. The weather which threatened great heat cooled off by one of the sudden changes of wind to the East so common in this climate and we had a damp and chilly afternoon. Still no letters. My family seem to have deserted me. Mr. Hollis called to see me in regard to the Common Street Houses which need immediate attention, but I was totally unable to give any directions.1 How unfit my brother was for active life appears to me more striking every day. My spirits still depressed but on the whole much improved. Read Clarendon in the afternoon and in the evening, after a short walk which the chill in the air prevented me from enjoying. I read a few Numbers of the Spectator at the Office, which I must confess I relish for the first time.
1. Daniel Hollis, a housewright, lived in a house owned by JQA in Common (or Tremont) Street ( Boston Directory, 1829–1830).

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0005-0005-0021

Author: CFA
Date: 1829-05-21

Thursday. 21st.

Morning at the Office. The weather which had been cold and chilly cleared up at noon. I attended to the papering [of] my room which is the last repair I put to it. I now have only to furnish it. My time was in some measure wasted in attendance upon two Auctions where I was desirous of obtaining some things but did not succeed. I rode out to Medford with Mr. Brooks. Found Abby as usual. Mrs. Brooks quite sick. Mr. and Mrs. Frothingham were out in the afternoon, and were very pleasant. On the whole, the day passed rapidly. In the evening, Conversation with Abby. Future Arrangements.
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