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Philadelphia. Morning at home, Vivian Grey,1 afternoon, ride with Hopkinson, Schuylkill Water Works, Fairmount, evening at home.
1. Benjamin Disraeli, Vivian Grey, 5 vols., London, 1826–1827. CFA confided to his mother that he felt a kinship to
the character of Disraeli’s hero, but LCA retorted that he should work to destroy
any similarity to “the cold, calculating, selfish, vain atom Vivian Gray,” reminding
her son that “A man entirely without sentiment, becomes a fiend” (LCA to CFA, 9 Sept. 1826, Adams Papers).
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.