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Browsing: Diary of Charles Francis Adams, Volume 2


Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0005-0001-0023

Author: CFA
Date: 1829-01-23

Friday. 23rd.

Morning at the Office. Occupied in reading some important cases in the Massachusetts Reports. I also read a few pages of Austin’s Life of Gerry where I found a most remarkable letter from my Grandmother.1 Such things perhaps may contribute to make a man too proud, but it is certainly a singular fortune of our’s, to be the descendants of so much talent and distinction on all sides. The dream of ambition is a pleasant one, and had I not much to break my spirit and check it’s luxuriance, none would have been more active and energetic in supporting, or at least attempting to support, the high standard of our race. But as yet I am not certain that my days are not numbered, or at least that there is not to be a complete period to my hopes. My feelings are more quiet now, but not less settled. I hope more and am more prepared.
Afternoon, Adam Smith. In the evening, I went to the Theatre and heard performed, the Marriage of Figaro with the Music of Mozart. I recollect this from the absurd figure that a man made when I saw the same piece attempted some years since at New York. It was pretty well this time, but I was not so well pleased as on last Friday. The Overture was good. Ballet of the Caliph of Bagdad.
1. AA wrote Gerry, 31 Dec. 1796: “The elevated station in which the suffrages of our country have placed our friend [JA], is encompassed with so many dangers and difficulties, that it appears to me a slippery precipice, surrounded on all sides with rocks, shoals and quicksands” (Austin, Gerry, 2:143–145).
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2014.
http://www.masshist.org/apde2/