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Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0009-0029

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-09-29

Saturday 29th.

I returned to Boston pretty rapidly, as the weather was quite cold. Called at George’s where I met John and returned to the Exchange with him where I remained to dine. Went to Quincy in the Stage with George. Found there Mr. Harrod1 and two daughters and Miss Julia Dearborn2 on visits to the family of my Uncle.
1. Presumably Charles Harrod, brother of Mrs. TBA. One of the daughters was Susan D. Harrod, who in 1832 married William Boyd of Portland (Columbian Centinel, 15 Sept. 1832).
2. This noted belle was the daughter of General Henry Dearborn and the future wife of General Joshua Wingate (NEHGR, 5 [1851]:201; 19 [1865]:351).

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0009-0030

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-09-30

Sunday. 30th.

Morning passed in conversation with John about the affairs of my father. I was seeking for information from him as to the value of his lands in Quincy, but found none in conversing directly with the President. In the afternoon, at Meeting where Dr. Richmond preached.1 Very dull. A large number of the Quincy gentlemen at the House in the evening.
1. Abel Richmond, the Congregational minister at Halifax, in Plymouth county (Mass. Register, 1827, p. 112).

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0010-0001

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-10-01

Monday. October 1st.

As George was not fit for service, I went as his substitute with my father and John in company with a Surveyor to examine the ancient boundaries of some Wood lots which belonged to my Grandfather formerly. It was a tedious business. We took luncheon in rustic style by the side of a clear brook and returned in the afternoon quite fatigued. Antoine killed the largest black snake I ever saw, it measured nearly six feet in length. My experiment today did not give me much anxiety to repeat it. Indeed it seems questionable whether the possession of property of this kind does not create much more plague than profit. Upon which I had some discussion with my father in the evening.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0010-0002

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-10-02

Tuesday. 2d.

Went to Boston in the Stage, and passed the Morning at the Office. After dinner or rather after the time usually allowed to dining I prepared to go to dine with Mr. Mason.1 The weather was abominably rainy. My father called for me. Company were Messrs. Webster, Everett, Quincy, I. P. Davis,2 F. Gray, Guild,3 Gardner of Maine, { 167 } Dr. Warren, and some few others whom I did not know. Dinner so-so. I hope this is the last. Returned to my room, my father went to Quincy.
1. Jonathan Mason Jr. (1756–1831), a former law clerk of JA’s who had made a fortune in Boston real estate and had served in the United States Senate from 1800 to 1803, lived at 9 Summer Street (Adams Family Correspondence, 1:280; Boston Directory, 1829–1830).
2. Isaac P. Davis, who lived at 8 Winthrop Place, owned large amounts of Boston and Cambridge real estate (Boston Directory, 1829–1830;Boston Freeholders, 1822, p. 59).
3. Benjamin Guild, Harvard 1804, had his law office at 5 Court Street (Boston Directory, 1829–1830).
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.