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. Unfortunately JQA’s diary makes no mention of this conversation, to which CFA’s thoughts
so often reverted during the next six months, but from several subsequent letters
it is possible to reconstruct what probably occurred. When CFA importunately demanded
an increase in his allowance, so that he might be married soon, his father, about
to retire from public service with scanty resources to support his expensive family,
retorted hotly with a warning against extravagance and a reminder that CFA was “a
beggar, living on charity.” CFA replied with harsh words, and the interview ended
in mutual recriminations. See CFA to LCA, 3 Jan. 1829; JQA to CFA, 13 Jan. 1829; and
CFA to JQA, 21 Jan. 1829, LbC
; all in 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.