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Browsing: Diary of Charles Francis Adams, Volume 2


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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-06-28

Sunday. 28th.

Morning at Quincy as Abby remained at Winter Hill to preserve Mrs. Everett from loneliness. Attended divine service in the Church and heard Dr. Lowell preach a Sermon upon providence, rather against his text.1 Caught in the rain on my return. Wrote a long letter to my Mother upon miscellaneous family subjects2 and in the evening conversed with my father. Subject, economy in human affairs.
1. Charles Lowell, Harvard 1800, was Congregational minister of the West Church on Lynde Street, Boston ( Mass. Register, 1828, p. 111).
2. CFA begged his mother to disregard the advice of JA2 and to return to Quincy in time for his marriage. “Should you be absent from my wedding,” he { 396 } pleaded, “it would lose half it’s pleasure.” The death of GWA, he felt, left him no choice but to remain permanently in Massachusetts, as the only son who could carry on the family tradition. “I will never desert the State which has sustained us,” he pledged. “I am now wedded to the soil. Nothing shall take me from it” (CFA to LCA, 28 June 1829, Adams Papers).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-06-29

Monday 29th.

Morning to town. The weather showery and unpleasant. Engaged all the morning in duties incident to my new situation as manager of my father’s affairs. I went to the Bank and to see Mr. Brown and arranged as to the purchase of forty three shares of stock of the New England Marine Insurance Company by the sale of so much six per Cent Stock of the United States. Then obtained a power of attorney to effect the transfer. This being over, I went to West Boston Bridge to make some inquiries in regard to that stock without success. Stopped at Dr. Welsh’s for some articles for my father. The afternoon was busily engaged in drawing up papers relating to my administration account and also the agency. This detained me until seven when I returned to Quincy. Evening, Conversation.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-06-30

Tuesday 30th.

Morning to town, weather rainy and disagreeable. Engaged in writing for my father’s affairs with a short Note to Abby.1 Obtained a blonde lace Veil to present to her upon the occasion of her marriage. This is a little extravagant but I could not avoid it. Then to Hancock Street to take a list of my poor brother’s Clothes. Conversation with Harriet Welsh. She is a little too inquisitive. Dined at the Exchange where I met Genl. Wool. He is too precise by half. Afternoon. Engaged in making out a Catalogue of my brothers Law books. Returned to Quincy in the rain. Conversation with my father. His plans.
1. Missing.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-07-01

Wednesday. July 1st.

Morning to town with John, weather extremely rainy and unpleasant. I was occupied almost all day in obtaining some money for my father, which was paid off by the United States, and then investing it in forty three shares of the New England Marine Insurance Company the certificate of which I obtained, and thus by putting my father’s money at once upon interest, preventing his parting with it in a less advantageous manner. Dined with John at the Exchange and after dinner, went up to look at the house destined for me, which I was obliged to do twice as I could not the first time find the Carpenter { 397 } who is to measure my shelves. He at last came and I finished that business. Returned to Quincy the weather clearing off cold. Found there a man who came upon a visit to my father. Curiosity. He was a common Countryman apparently disordered in his intellect, for he gave us some amusing specimens of moderate madness.1 Evening, conversation with my father.
1. The man’s name was Layton (JQA, Diary, 1 July 1829).