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Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0007-0019

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-07-31

Diary. July 31st. 1827

My books and my old diaries being packed up for some time and not to be obtained in all probability for a year at least, and the circumstance of my entering now into a mode of life entirely new and in some respects worthy of remembrance, induces me to begin anew. I shall attempt in this book to combine both my former plans of Index and Journal. I commence with the date as above because on that morning I took leave of Washington where I had passed many very pleasant and I may say also many very painful hours. The very last ones were marked by the same fate which had overspread them all, a mingled variety of good and evil feelings, arising equally from feelings of strong passion. I will not here nor indeed any where give in detail any account of these moments. Suffice it to say that I left the place with feelings which repaid me for all I had formerly endured, and at this distance of time I enjoy a sort of indefinable gratification { 147 } whenever my thoughts turn that way, at the idea of duty performed, of feelings subdued, and I will add also, of vanity and pride gratified.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0007-0020

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-07-31

July 31st. 1827.

Take leave of Mary C. Hellen. Journey to Baltimore with my Father. I receive some information concerning his appointments to public stations, in order to gratify a request of Mr. Southard’s to me. Incident at Merrill’s Tavern. We fall in with an Administration County Committee who were gathered together to hear Mr. Clay’s Speech at Lexington which has just reached us and which is producing a great effect.1 My father went through an introduction of each individual, by Mr. Proud2 who seemed to be their chief man, and after dining we left them, previously taking a parting glass of wine with them.
At Baltimore, Mr. Coale came with an Invitation for me for the following day which I of course declined.
1. On 12 July, in a speech at Lexington, Ky., Henry Clay had replied to “the vilest calumnies” of the Jackson men (see entry of 8 July, and note, above), declaring that he had voted against Jackson in the recent presidential election because “I believed him incompetent and his election fraught with danger. . . . I believe so yet.” See The Life and Speeches of Henry Clay, N.Y., 1844, 1:285–322.
2. John G. Proud, of Waterloo (Fifth Census of the U.S., 1830: Fifth Election District, Anne Arundel co., p. 168, microfilm of MS, MdHi).

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0008-0001

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-08-01

August 1st. 1827.

Roused most shockingly early in order to take the morning Steam boat for Philadelphia. Found on board Mr. and Mrs. Bankhead of the English Legation. He is no favourite of mine but in travelling we forget slight dislikes. She is in a terrible state of debility and needs more care and attention than he (with all his love of her) is capable of. Some men are so naturally constituted as not to understand these matters. I offered seats to them in my father’s Carriage and he also invited Govr. Williams of South Carolina.1
Upon arriving at Philadelphia we went to Renshaw’s Hotel in Chesnut Street and with difficulty obtained accommodations—So unexpected has his approach been. Mr. Walsh posted in directly afterwards and obtained my father’s promise to go to his house to tea. Mr. Sergeant came in afterwards and sat for a short time. But they all went to Walsh’s accepting an excuse in my place. William D. Lewis2 came in and talked over a Supper with me. Philadelphia is decidedly hotter than Washington. My room was almost suffocating.
1. David Rogerson Williams (1776–1830), who had represented South Carolina in Congress, had served as governor of that state from 1814 to 1816, and was cur• { 148 } rently a member of the state senate (Biog. Dir. Cong.).
2. William David Lewis (1792–1881), the Philadelphia importer and commission merchant (DAB).
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, 2018.