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. JQA had planned to give Charles an allowance of $800 a year, payable quarterly. CFA,
denying that he had ever “been unwarrantably extravagant,” declared that his engagement
to Abigail imposed heavy expenses upon him; when she was in Boston, he had to bear
“the whole care of her in going to evening parties,” and when she was in Medford,
he was obliged to rent a horse and gig in order to make his frequent visits. “Under
these circumstances,” he wrote his father, “I must candidly state that the sum you
mentioned for my support, although . . . ample for me individually, . . . cannot cover
the expenses of the nature alluded to” (CFA to JQA, 6 Nov. 1827, 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.