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Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0010-0017

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-10-17

Wednesday. 17th.

I arose at about half past five o’clock and read Cruise’s Digest1 until breakfast. It is not my intention however to devote this time also to the Law hereafter. But as yet I have adopted no other course of reading. Morning at the Office in diligent attention to Selwyn.2 Afternoon occupied in a similar manner. Declined an invitation to a ball at Mrs. Ticknor’s because Abby was not invited and passed the evening in occupation at my room. Richardson had promised to come and spend the evening with me but failed.
1. William Cruise, A Digest of the Laws of England, Respecting Real Property, 5 vols., N.Y., 1808.
2. William Selwyn, An Abridgment of the Law of Nisi Prius, 3 vols., Phila., 1807–1808.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0010-0018

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-10-18

Thursday. 18th.

Occupied two hours before breakfast reading Sir William Temple’s Essays.1 At the Office but read nothing. In the Circuit Court but nothing was done. Found a note requesting me to be at Mrs. Frothingham’s at 11 o’clock where I went and saw Abby for a few minutes. Then I lounged two hours in an Auction Room before time to return to dine. Mr. Frothingham is a pleasant man. After dinner I sat until five o’clock with Abby, when I went to the Office for a moment and home to tea after which I again went down and spent the evening at Mrs. Frothingham’s. I am extravagantly fond of Abby, and felt today as welcome as when I should see her after absence. I declined an Invitation to Mrs. Boott’s.2
1. A copy of Sir William Temple’s Essays, 2 vols., London, 1821, is in the Stone Library.
2. Presumably Mrs. Kirk Boott, the mother of Mrs. Edward Brooks (Columbian Centinel, 9 May 1821).

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0010-0019

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-10-19

Friday. 19th.

Morning occupied in reading but with less time than I have had heretofore. After breakfast at the Office without reading much. In the Circuit Court without hearing much. Went to an auction of Oil Paintings and purchased some for little or nothing. Called at Miss Carter’s for Abby and paid visits with her to Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Cruft, dropping in at Miss Shepherd’s. I then returned home to dine. At four o’clock I called at Mrs. Frothingham’s in a Gig for Abby and drove her out of town to Medford where I passed the evening with her, as the family went out to tea.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0010-0020

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-10-20

Saturday. 20th.

Rode into Boston. The day was lovely and my spirits were calm and quiet. Occupied in writing to my Mother1 and in reading. But the three last days have been very much wasted. In the evening I sent for Richardson to pass the evening with me. Our conversation was a painful one. It turned first upon some slight he thought he had received from me which I was obliged to explain without effectually removing his suspicions. It then fell upon other subjects of a nature deeply affecting to me and calculated to act violently upon me. As such, I was in very low spirits when I went to bed.
1. Letter missing.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0010-0021

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-10-21

Sunday. 21st.

My sad reflections did not prevent my sleeping until near six o’clock this morning, after which I arose and occupied myself in reading until ten o’clock when I started to go to Medford. The day was chilly. Found Abby slightly unwell and asleep, in consequence of which I amused myself in reading the American Quarterly Review. Mr. Thayer, a young man in the Class before me at College,1 having officiated at the Meeting house, dined with Mr. Brooks. The rising of young men who were with me at College, around here, puts me strongly in mind of the advance in life which we are all making. Indeed it is striking to perceive the change which has occurred since I left Cambridge not yet a graduate. In the afternoon I sat with Abby, and in the evening Mrs. Tufts of Weymouth, of whom I have spoken once before, drank tea here. On the whole I believe I am now as happy as I ever shall be. My thoughts sometimes trouble me but I have nothing more serious and my hopes are gaining the upper hand. Besides I am in love and that is poetry itself.
1. Christopher Toppan Thayer, Harvard 1824, graduated from the Divinity School in 1827.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0010-0022

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-10-22

Monday. 22d.

Rode to town this morning. At the Office in the morning and afternoon, reading at home on account of the unpleasant weather. It rained violently at night. I attended the Moot Court and heard the cause argued which I was to decide. Richardson and Withington were both confused by a first attempt.1 After we had adjourned, the former of the two and I talked at the Exchange. Returned home in a violent rain.
1. The case concerned the dower rights of a widow. John Hancock Richardson { 176 } appeared for the plaintiff; O. H. Withington for the defendant. CFA’s ruling on the case is preserved in his Law Miscellanies (M/CFA/17, Adams Papers, Microfilms, Reel No. 311).

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0010-0023

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-10-23

Tuesday. 23d.

As I was getting up this morning I accidentally broke my washing basin and in endeavouring to save it, cut my thumb so badly as to disable me from writing to my father according to my arrangement. It was painful all day but in the morning I occupied myself in my regular reading at the Office and in the afternoon and evening at my room looking out the authorities for the cases just cited in a morning’s note to me by Richardson1 who was so much troubled that he omitted half of them.
1. Missing.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0010-0024

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-10-24

Wednesday 24th.

I omitted yesterday noticing the receipt of two letters from my Mother, one of which should have come some days since. The latter was in tolerable spirits and rather pleasant. My time was principally taken up at the Office, and in the evening, I went to Dr. Welsh’s and passed the evening. George has fallen into a bad habit of talking in a prosy way.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0010-0025

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-10-25

Thursday 25th.

Hand still troublesome. Morning at the Office, at Mrs. Frothingham’s and in Court. Abby has come to town for the remainder of the week. In Court all the afternoon listening to the Charge of the Judge to the Jury upon the trial of a man for his life, for cruelty and hard treatment of a sailor, he being a master of a vessel, and for ordering him to go up the rigging when he was not able to support himself whereby he fell into the Sea. It was an aggravated case of rough treatment but not sufficient, as I thought, to subject him to a capital punishment. I left the Court before the Judge had closed being obliged to go to Long Wharf to look after some things which belonged to me. My books which have at last arrived. In the evening I went with Abby to a party at Mrs. Coolidge’s. It is the first large one to which I have been. My acquaintance as yet is very limited. I knew only Miss Virginia Foster and Abby Quincy. Miss Marshall was there. Pretty but not so handsome as she is pronounced. Mrs. Eliot and Mrs. Rogers1 were there also. Returned at eleven o’clock.
1. Presumably Mrs. Lloyd N. Rogers, the former Eliza Law. See entry for 14 Sept., and note, above.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0010-0026

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-10-26

Friday 26th.

Morning occupied in examining authorities for my Case. After breakfast went to Long Wharf after my Cases of books which I succeeded in obtaining safely at my room. I cannot live comfortably without them. Went to Mrs. Frothingham’s for Abby and walked with her to Harding’s room to see the Pictures of my father and of Miss Dehon. They are likenesses but the former is not an agreeable one. At half past three, I started with George to go to Mr. Boylston’s. The day was cold. Found the old gentleman much decayed, and evidently likely to go soon. He was still kind and pleasant however. Returned at six and spent the evening pleasantly at Mrs. Frothingham’s. Miss Julia Gorham was there and quite pleasant. Returned home at ten accompanying this lady to her’s first.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0010-0027

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-10-27

Saturday 27th.

Morning at the Office. I forgot to mention yesterday the receipt of an extraordinary Note from John portending much.1 But as he does not say what is to come I shall patiently wait until his nerves become more calm. Also a letter from my father. At eleven I went to see Abby and called with her at Mrs. Dexter’s. An old lady whom I met at Nahant, the widow of Samuel Dexter. After dinner I rode with Abby to Winter Hill where we drank tea with Mrs. Everett, and in the evening after a pleasant conversation, we rode over to Medford where we found only Mr. and Mrs. Brooks.
1. Missing.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0010-0028

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-10-28

Sunday 28th.

Attended Meeting in the Morning and heard Mr. Stetson preach a Sermon without much merit although not bad. It was very cool in the House indeed. Read some articles in the Edinburgh Review in the afternoon. Mr. Everett called. Evening conversation upon the subject of Houses.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0010-0029

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-10-29

Monday 29th.

I returned to Boston this morning alone, having a very pleasant ride as the weather had moderated exceedingly. On my going to George’s room I found a letter of a singular description had been received by him from my Mother.1 This created on his part some feeling and led to a general explanation of his affairs. Much was said on both sides, but I was gratified as it removed one of the bars { 178 } which had existed heretofore between us. Much can be done yet and if the heavens will only stand propitious the misery which threatens our family may yet be averted. I returned to my room and wrote a letter to my Mother concerning him.2 After dinner I was occupied in writing out the opinion upon the law case of last Monday which I delivered at the Court in the evening.3 Heard a case argued there and then took Supper with Richardson at the Boston Coffee House. We separated at ten.
1. Missing.
2. Missing.
3. See entry for 22 Oct., and note, above.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0010-0030

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-10-30

Tuesday 30th.

Morning at the Office and in the Circuit Court. The Captain who was tried on Thursday last was sentenced today. One hundred dollars fine and two years and a half of imprisonment. Called upon Mrs. Ticknor with George. At one o’clock went out with him to Jamaica Plains and dined with Mr. Boylston. He looked to me much worse than when we saw him on Friday. A certain Mr. Curtis dined with us, a sensible man.1 After drinking tea, we took leave of him perhaps for ever. The day had been very unpleasant. In the evening it rained, but I was quietly at home.
1. Nathaniel Curtis, of Roxbury, who was to become, along with JQA, an executor of Ward N. Boylston’s complicated will (JQA, Diary, 25 June 1829).

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0010-0031

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-10-31

Wednesday. 31st.

Morning occupied in reading Cruise. In the Circuit Court listening to the proceedings in a trial in which the validity of an assignment of the property of the De Wolfs of Rhode Island was discussed.1 Afternoon reading Cruise at the Office. Richardson called to see me in the evening and we amused ourselves tracing over in my Journal the history of College affairs.
1. The case was that of the New England Marine Insurance Company v. James De Wolf Jr. See entry for 6 Mar. 1829, and note, below.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0011-0001

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-11-01

Thursday. November 1st.

Morning occupied in copying a Lecture upon Practice in Law.1 A subject of which as yet I know nothing. I pursued the subject at the Office. Received a letter from my Mother2 which had a considerable effect upon my spirits for the remainder of the day. The family have evidently been in a state of high excitement about probable arrangements and I am much afraid that owing to the over earnestness { 179 } of my mother upon some unpleasant subject, my father has spoken.3 I then had a conversation with George which did not contribute to improve what had already been shaken, inasmuch as it unfolded to me clearly all the errors of his mind which are likely to operate upon his fate. Afternoon at the Office reading Cruise. Drank tea at Mrs. Frothingham’s and went in the evening to a Ball at Mrs. B. Joy’s.4 Abby, Julia Gorham, and George went with me and we had a very agreeable evening. The party was quite crowded. George seemed to have enjoyed himself very much and as I thought was very much in the mood of forgetting Miss Abigail Adams altogether. If this could only continue. I reached my room precisely at midnight.
1. The lectures which Judge Samuel Howe (1785–1828) delivered on the practice of law at his law school in Northampton were circulated in manuscript. CFA copied them in his legal commonplace book for 1827–1829 (Adams Papers, Microfilms, Reel No. 311). After Howe’s death (see entry for 21 Jan. 1828, below), the lectures were published under the title The Practice in Civil Action and Proceedings at Law, in Massachusetts, Boston, 1834 (DAB).
2. Missing.
3. The recent rumblings from members of the Adams household in Washington probably concerned JA2’s desire to marry Mary C. Hellen. Because his son was in no position to support a wife, JQA had refused his consent. The young people became engaged nevertheless (see entry for 8 Nov., below) but they were not married until February of the next year (Bemis, JQA, 2:118).
4. Mrs. Benjamin Joy, the wife of a merchant who lived at 33 Chesnut Street (Boston Directory, 1829–1830).

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0011-0002

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-11-02

Friday. 2d.

Morning at Mrs. Frothingham’s to see Abby. I felt very stupid in consequence of the dissipation of the night before, and did not get over it during the whole of the day. Afternoon at the Office. In the evening I went with Abby and George to Mrs. Gardner’s party. She is a daughter of Mr. Peabody of Salem and this ball was given to Mrs. Peabody, her brother’s lately married wife.1 It was tolerably pleasant and again twelve o’clock before I arrived safely at home.
1. Mrs. John Lowell Gardner, who gave the party, was the former Catherine Elizabeth Peabody, daughter of Joseph Peabody of Salem. Her brother, George Peabody, had recently married Clarissa Endicott. Information supplied by Mrs. Dorothy M. Potter, of the Essex Institute.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0011-0003

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-11-03

Saturday 3d.

I awoke very early in the morning quite sick in consequence of some irregularity in my diet of yesterday, and it was not until late in the day that I recovered. Morning was passed at Mrs. Frothingham’s with Abby and at one o’clock I took her up and we rode over to Winter Hill and dined with Mr. and Mrs. Everett. She is pregnant and going { 180 } to Medford to be confined during his absence at Washington. We left them early and passed the evening at Medford.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0011-0004

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-11-04

Sunday 4th.

This day passed with very little to make it remarkable as indeed all happy days do. And I could not but think that my love was delicious and even if all futurity was pain, it could not at least deprive me of the recollection that I had also enjoyed its equivalent in happiness.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0011-0005

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-11-05

Monday. 5th.

I came into Boston bringing Abby to Boston with me. Morning at the Office reading law. Afternoon also. In the evening I went to the Moot Court but on account of the absence of members it did not sit. Evening quietly at home in consequence.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0011-0006

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-11-06

Tuesday. 6th.

My time is at last pretty much at my own disposal and I am progressing in the study of my Profession. This morning before breakfast was devoted to writing a letter to my Father upon the subject of my expenses which are likely to be greater than I had apprehended.1 I then called at Miss Welsh’s by request who wished to consult me about my Mother’s picture, wherein I am in favour of alteration. The remainder of the day was devoted to the Office, Selwyn and Cruise. And the evening was occupied in the same manner at home.
1. 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).

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0011-0007

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-11-07

Wednesday 7th.

Arose this morning to see the fall of snow which had taken place in the night, and was now changed into drenching rain. Morning at the Office. The day was passed in close attention to my studies, but the afternoon was mostly spent at home. The rain again changed to snow. Evening busy at home. Nothing new or remarkable.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0011-0008

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-11-08

Thursday 8th.

Day quite stormy. Snow falling. Received a letter from my Mother1 announcing the engagement of John and Mary Hellen. This is in agreement with her last words to me and I feel rather pleased that it should thus come to an end. Of it’s probable effect upon the family I cannot yet make up my mind but in relation to George it certainly is unfortunate. There is much room for reflection in these matters. We are now taking leave of the unity of interest which binds a family together, to gain or lose by the exchange. I am much afraid she will not throw the balance on the side of the former. The day was occupied in study and conversation. Evening at home.
1. Missing.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0011-0009

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-11-09

Friday 9th.

Morning rather wasted. Received a letter from John1 explaining the troubles in the family, rather a sad picture but one which will not probably change much for the better, at least at present. Talked a good deal with George and found him sophistical as ever. This will be his ruin. Thomas J. Hellen came in and sat some time. He had re-entered from his suspension, leaves College and returns to Washington tomorrow. In the afternoon Richardson called and sat at the Office some time so that I read but little of the law during the day. In the evening I wrote an answer to John2 instead of going to the Theatre.
1. Missing.
2. Missing.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0011-0010

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-11-10

Saturday 10th.

I occupied myself before breakfast in writing a letter to my Mother.1 On going to the Office, received the news of the result in the late New York election2 which tends to convince me that the term of my Father’s Presidency is drawing to it’s close. A circumstance which is deeply to be regretted but to be met with fortitude. The morning was occupied pretty much in conversation upon the subject and my spirits were certainly none of the best. The day was rather wasted, not much having been done besides a small portion of Selwyn and Cruise. In the afternoon I went to Medford with Mr. Brooks, the weather was severely cold for this Season of the year, and my ride was a very sharp one. Abby was well and in great spirits at seeing me.
1. Missing.
2. Martin Van Buren’s anti-administration ticket won an easy victory in the elec• { 182 } tions for the New York state legislature (Washington Daily National Intelligencer, 12 Nov. 1827; JQA, Diary, 7 and 15 Nov. 1827).

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0011-0011

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-11-11

Sunday. 11th.

Amazingly cold for this Season. I spent the morning very quietly at the house reading Dr. Channing’s Review of the late work of Walter Scott’s upon Napoleon.1 It is written with his peculiar force and felicity of expression. The views which he takes of his character are striking and altogether new. And nothing could more effectually demolish the famous position which Mr. McDuffie assumed last summer as to the Standard of merit. Whether he had this gentleman’s ideas in his mind when he wrote, it is impossible to decide. In the afternoon I attended Meeting and heard my old Minister, Mr. Whitney of Quincy, deliver one of his old sermons. In the evening I sat with Abby and alone. Which last part of the time was disposed in melancholy reflection upon the old subject.
1. William Ellery Channing (1780–1842) was the influential Unitarian minister of the Federal Street Church in Boston. His “Remarks on the Life and Character of Napoleon Bonaparte,” which appeared in two parts in the Christian Examiner for 1827–1828, was intended “to destroy the romantic glamor that invests the successful warrior.” See DAB; The Works of William E. Channing, Boston, 1847, 1:69–166.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0011-0012

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-11-12

Monday. 12th.

Rode to Boston in company with Mr. Brooks. Found a letter from my Father in his most agreeable strain which put me in spirits for the remainder of the day. Although the political news was of a nature not to encourage my hopes. The day was passed in reading Law and the evening at the Moot Court after which Richardson and I went to the Boston Coffee House and took a Supper of Ducks and some Champagne which was not good. Returned early.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0011-0013

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-11-13

Tuesday. 13th.

Occupied at my room in writing my letter to my Father. After which I went to the Office. Owing to the continued rain I was disappointed about going to Medford. Spirits rather low owing to the conviction of the hopelessness of political prospects. Studied all day. In the evening busy at home. Took up again the Executive Record.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0011-0014

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-11-14

Wednesday. 14th.

The storm continued all day changing its complexion from rain to Snow. At the Office in the morning, but remained at home in the { 183 } afternoon prosecuting my studies diligently. Indeed one seldom fails of being able to derive some good out of every ill, and as the bad weather both yesterday and today have deprived me of the company of Abby, I have still not been uselessly employed. According to the advice of my Father, I have commenced reading the Lettres Provinciales of Pascal.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0011-0015

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-11-15

Thursday 15th.

Morning cold but clear. Not much of any thing done in the course of the day. Read a little law and went to Medford with Mr. Brooks where I spent the remainder of the day as happily as usual. In the storms of political life, in the depression which seems now to be gathering round our family, I still find something to thank Heaven for. I have some objects which politics cannot shake my feelings about, and by a peculiar Providence one of these objects has removed me for this Winter from a scene likely to show nothing but violence, mortification and despair. It is my wish to act now upon the feelings of my Mother in order to make her look to this portion of the Country as her final home.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0011-0016

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-11-16

Friday 16th.

Returned to Boston with Mr. Brooks. A very pleasant ride. Passed the morning without doing much. The Office being a very bad place to study at present. Mr. Webster will soon go. Afternoon, little done. In the evening I was busy at home, where I find now I can do much more effectively. No news.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0011-0017

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-11-17

Saturday. 17th.

Received a letter from my Father in reply to mine of the 6th as satisfactory as possible upon the subject of expenses.1 Morning passed without much utility. I went to Medford to dine, in company with Mr. Brooks. We found Edward and P. Chardon with their wives and had on the whole a very pleasant dinner. The afternoon and evening were passed in conversation with Abby.
1. Replying to CFA’s complaint that his allowance was inadequate (see entry for 6 Nov., and note, above), JQA wrote:
“The extraordinary charges to which you are liable, from the peculiarity of your situation, are of a nature to which I cannot object and for which I am willing according to my ability to provide. The allowance which I had proposed to make you was the same I had made to your brother George, when at the same State of his education. You find it insufficient to meet your necessary expenses. Let me know what addition you wish to have made to it—Remembering that ... in the allowances of a Parent { 184 } to his children, a relative proportion of equal regard is to be observed between them as well as between the liberality and the circumstances of the Parent.”
(JQA to CFA, 11 Nov. 1827, Adams Papers)
See also entry for 20 Nov., and note, below.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0011-0018

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-11-18

Sunday. 18th.

Attended Meeting in the morning. Heard Mr. Stetson who was much as usual. The remainder of the day was passed very quietly at the house. Mrs. Brooks with ten children grown up and thriving as much as possible, has been inconsolable for the loss of one, three or four years since, and on this day seemed disposed to revert to it constantly.1 Such is the nature of human character, never satisfied with the blessings already existing, either mourning for those which are gone or grasping after some which are to come. Abby had some serious conversation with me relating to ourselves and I am still doubtful whether our characters will perfectly unite. So far however we have done very well.
1. The child for whom Mrs. Brooks still grieved was Octavius (1813–1822). See Adams Genealogy.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0011-0019

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-11-19

Monday. 19th.

Returned to Boston with Mr. Brooks. Received letters from my Mother and John rather of an encouraging nature.1 His marriage is to take place soon, and I am glad of it as it will settle my prospects in that light, so far as temporal affairs go. Called on Mrs. Webster. In the afternoon I went to see Abby at her sister’s and passed the afternoon there. In the evening, attended Moot Court and heard an able argument.2 Supped with Richardson.
1. Both missing.
2. The case involved the technical question of a “Demurrer to the Declaration for omitting the averment in regard to tending what was due on a Note at the place specified” (CFA, Law Miscellanies, M/CFA/17, Adams Papers, Microfilms, Reel No. 311).

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0011-0020

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-11-20

Tuesday. 20th.

Wrote to my Father before breakfast.1 I then went to the Office where I passed the morning, with the exception of a short call at Mrs. Frothingham’s. The afternoon was spent there. Abby was in a fretful humour, and for the first time I discovered trouble in this quarter. But it is useless to forebode.

“I have set my life upon a cast,

And I will stand the hazard of the die.”2

In the evening we went to Mrs. Gorham’s accompanied by George. { 185 } This young man feels disposed to admire this lady’s daughter, but I apprehend he will find small encouragement. He wants a fashionable exterior, to the semblance of which he attempted to shape himself and became in consequence “grotesque.” But I am severe. Abby was not in good temper and I came home a little melancholy. Midnight.
1. CFA wrote that his father’s letter concerning his allowance (see entry for 17 Nov., and note, above) was “perfectly satisfactory.” Acknowledging in principle that he and his brothers should be treated equally, he claimed that his special situation obliged him to incur expenses totaling five hundred dollars a year more than those required of JA2 and that GWA “has often told me his average expenses here had been nearly twelve hundred a year.” “But I do not feel disposed to argue upon this subject any further . . . ,” he concluded; “in writing ... to you I did not wish to have any further allowance made. The intention . . . was merely, to be perfectly candid as to my situation. I will still attempt to keep within the limit first prescribed [i.e. $800 a year]” (CFA to JQA, 20 Nov. 1827, Adams Papers).
2. Shakespeare, Richard the Third, Act V, Scene iv, lines 9–10.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0011-0021

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-11-21

Wednesday. 21st.

Arose quite late and with a head ache in consequence of the last night’s party. Passed the morning rather in a lazy way talking with George, who thinks many things well but does them ill. Much conversation on the subject of John’s affair, and his own concerns. Dined at Mrs. Frothingham’s where I passed the afternoon and evening. Abby was again in good spirits and affectionate as usual so that like a true lover, I forgot all my melancholy in my happiness. Chardon and his wife, Edward and his wife, Frances and Mary Dehon1 and Julia Gorham were there. It was quite a family party but a little tedious. We had some music and a slight Supper but not half so pleasant as the small ones which we usually have “en famille.” Home at ten accompanying Julia.
1. Mary M. Dehon was subsequently to marry Edward Blake, of Boston (Columbian Centinel, 5 Sept. 1838).

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0011-0022

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-11-22

Thursday. 22d.

Wrote to John before breakfast.1 Morning at the Office and in Court where Mr. Otis was arguing his own cause. It is now some time since he has appeared in public and curiosity was a good deal raised. His manner is very pleasant and seems to have been modelled for a Court room style.2 After dinner I went to Mrs. Frothingham’s and passed the afternoon with Abby returning to my room only to dress for a party at Mrs. Gray’s given for Miss Charlotte as that the other evening was given for Miss Gorham. This young lady accompanied Abby and I. { 186 } Abby was very well dressed and looked charmingly. And I enjoyed myself more than at any party since last winter. Home before twelve.
1. Letter missing.
2. After a ten-year absence from the bar, Harrison Gray Otis appeared before the Massachusetts Supreme Court as his own attorney in a case involving title to the valuable Mill Pond lands in Boston; his argument lasted eight hours (Columbian Centinel, 24 Nov. 1827).

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0011-0023

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-11-23

Friday. 23d.

Called at Mrs. Frothingham’s to see Abby and passed all the morning there. Found her a little disposed to be dull and had much conversation with her upon many subjects. After dinner at the Office. And in the evening called for her at her friend’s, Miss Anne Carter. She is an invalid in a consumption, and very interesting. But I was rather dull. I dined with George today in consequence of my dinner at home being forgotten as it had been ordered an hour earlier to accommodate the arrangements for the funeral of one of the boarders who died Wednesday night. His name was Weld1 and he died under circumstances which have given me a strong dislike to my Landlady and her Maiden Sisters.
1. Benjamin Lincoln Weld, an attorney, died on 21 November 1827 (Boston Daily Advertiser, 24 Nov. 1827).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1827-11-24

Saturday. 24th.

Wrote to my Mother.1 Called at Mrs. F.’s and sat an hour with Abby. Returned home to dress and went out in the Carriage with her and her father to Medford. Mrs. Everett and family are at last settled there. The whole seemed a compound of dullness and melancholy and I bethought myself that they were beginning to realize the advantages of a Winter’s residence here.
1. Letter missing.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0011-0025

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-11-25

Sunday 25th.

The children have made me wish myself in Boston more than once. Indeed to a man of my old habits, it is the last trial. My love for Abby is great indeed to induce me to face this and the Winter’s cold together at Medford. And yet she is the only one of the family free from care and able to resist the appalling effects of the weather upon the spirits of the rest, and like a really noble girl she is determined to immure herself here in the performance of this duty. But I cannot help thinking it a very mad project to remain out here. Attended Meeting in the Afternoon and heard Mr. Upham.1 Not much, I thought. In the evening, a great deal of conversation with Abby.
{ 187 }
1. Charles W. Upham, the Congregational minister at Salem (Mass. Register, 1827, p. 110).

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0011-0026

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-11-26

Monday 26th.

Returned to Boston with Mr. Brooks. Morning at the Office. My spirits sink almost insensibly, certainly against my will when I find myself with a prospect of being so long without seeing Abby. In the afternoon Richardson called upon me and passed the afternoon at my room. Our conversation was very desultory. In the evening I attended the Moot Court and sat as a Judge.1 We had an amusing discussion afterwards upon the propriety of repealing the Law making Stockholders liable in corporations for the amount of their debts, and some points of order. Richardson and I afterwards adjourned to a Supper of Venison, and I returned rather late.
1. The made-up case concerned a minor who failed to pay a note he had given to cover his board while at Harvard. CFA as judge held “the capability of an Infant to contract in writing for necessaries (and no further) as fully established by the cases cited by the Counsel at Bar” (CFA, Law Miscellanies, M/CFA/17, Adams Papers, Microfilms, Reel No. 311).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1827-11-27

Tuesday. 27th.

Wrote to my father according to custom, and in reply to a letter received yesterday from him. Morning at the Office and again in the afternoon. I went to see the Statue of Washington by Chantrey1 which is just raised in the State House. It disappointed me very agreeably as I had been dissatisfied with the print. I do not know whether to approve entirely of it’s location. I was this evening invited to Mrs. Derby’s2 and had accepted, but as the time drew near I felt it impossible to go without Abby, and so after an hour’s indecision concluded to stay at home.
1. Francis Legatt Chantrey (1781–1841), the English sculptor (DNB).
2. Presumably the widow of Elias Hasket Derby (1766–1826), the former Lucy Brown (DAB).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1827-11-28

Wednesday. 28th.

Morning at the Office. Nothing new of any importance. Studied but not with effect. In the afternoon copied some of the Lecture on Practice. Went with George to the Theatre in Common Street. The first play was the Wonder or a Woman keeps a Secret by Mrs. Centlivre.1 It is tolerably well performed. But my principal object in going was to see the French Opera Dancers who are here.2 I was much delighted. The music here is fine. There is such a union of all attractive circumstances in this display, that it is not wonderful that the senses of many { 188 } become bewildered. It is a new thing that a Boston audience can bear them. But the world wags and we change. Afterpiece, the Romp, which I have heard often but still admire the music.
1. This English comedy was by Susanna Centlivre.
2. The French Company of the New Orleans Theater had made its New York debut in July, presenting French opera and vaudeville, with dancing (Odell, Annals N.Y. Stage, 3:252–253).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1827-11-29

Thursday 29th.

Thanksgiving day. Arose quite late and occupied myself for some time in reading. At eleven o’clock I started to go to Medford which place I reached in an hour, before the family had returned from Meeting. Mr. and Mrs. Frothingham and Mr. and Mrs. Edward Brooks came out and dined here. I am always indisposed to these visits and the more I see of them the less I like them. Coming out as I do to see only Abby, I take no interest beyond her and feel as if I was not in my element when circumstances force me into the society of others. Mrs. Frothingham I like however independently of them or Abby. My patience was very much tried by some remarks which Mr. Frothingham made upon Dr. Channing’s life of Napoleon and I was finally compelled to express my opinion and reasons for it. A circumstance for which I was quite sorry as every thing of this sort here looks like display. At home it would be merely an every day business and looked upon as such. It is in this that I feel most the want of mine, for now I am obliged to contain my own thoughts upon literary subjects instead of deriving light and aid from what I certainly now discover was a highly cultivated literary domestic taste. I passed the evening in company with Abby.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1827-11-30

Friday. 30th.

The weather was so very stormy this morning as to prevent my being able to return to Boston. It was passed mostly with Abby. But my spirits were in the most dreadfully distressed condition. My thoughts turning upon the old subject. Indeed I do not know that for a day, they ever were before so completely gloomy. I read part of Mr. Burke’s Speech on Indian affairs, and at four determined to return to town. Had a rainy ride but a quiet evening and occupation began to make me feel that the current had changed.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1827-12-01

Saturday. 1st.

Wrote to my Mother.1 Morning and afternoon at the office occupied { 189 } quite diligently at the Office. My spirits much improved although still liable to momentary depression. Political news improving a little. Busy at home in the evening in reading pleasantly and profitably.
1. Letter missing.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0012-0002

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-12-02

Sunday. 2d.

Morning reading and occupied until eleven o’clock when it was time for me to go to Medford. The day seemed fair, but a cold wind made my ride less pleasant than I had anticipated. At home all day with Abby and in the evening. We are very much in love. And the idea of living so long engaged becomes quite fatiguing. But I suppose it must be. And after all it may be the remaining happiness in my lot. The dark clouds often pass over my brow when she notices them, but I can not explain them to any one. If my prayers will avail ought, (and why should I not believe that they will?) she at least will be free from my causes of unhappiness.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1827-12-03

Monday. 3d.

Returned to town after some conversation with Abby after breakfast. Received a letter from my father quite pleasant. It is now growing more and more probable that he will be defeated in his re-election and I am therefore disposed to alleviate his mortification by making some effort to please him. At the Office in the afternoon looking over cases for a decision. I dissented from the opinion of the C[hief] J[ustice] at the Moot Court this evening. These meetings are becoming both interesting and profitable by our success in infusing a little spirit into them. A debate afterwards. Richardson and I adjourned from there to a supper of venison which I enjoyed exceedingly. Returned at eleven.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1827-12-04

Tuesday. 4th.

Wrote a letter to my father according to custom. Received one from my Mother, which was not very intelligible.1 The day was passed at the Office but I suffered with a bad head ach in consequence of my eating too much at Supper last night. This prevented me from much diligence during the evening. Weather gloomy and I experienced much difficulty in keeping my spirits even at a reasonable point.
1. Missing.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0012-0005

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-12-05

Wednesday. 5th.

Occupied at the Office all day copying a Paper called a bill in Equity turning pretty much upon the question on which I gave a decision at { 190 } the Moot Court sometime since. It was long and I did but little else. Evening at home. George came in previous to going to Quincy’s Wedding where he is Groomsman.1 We had an animated discussion upon the propriety of writing to John upon his contemplated marriage. He will not do it and thereby betrays more littleness of feeling than I had wished to suspect him of. Read the remainder of the Evening. Pascal and Vivian Grey. George serenaded me as he was obliged to be out with the band.
1. Josiah Quincy (1802–1882) married Mary Jane Miller. See Adams Genealogy.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1827-12-06

Thursday. 6th.

I finished the Letters of Louis de Montalte by Pascal. This book, though upon antiquated subjects, pleases me. The style is pure and the controversial eloquence which it displays is the reason that it has been recommended by my Father. Morning at the Office without doing much excepting looking out cases for an argument at the Moot Court next week. At a little after one o’clock George and I started for Medford where we arrived and found Mr. and Mrs. Frothingham, Mr. and Mrs. Chardon Brooks, and Miss Dehon. Our dinner was pleasant. Abby seemed in good spirits and we returned to Boston in the dark. George and I had another discussion. It is a difficult matter to change an animal like him but so far the result has certainly been flattering, and although the close has not yet arrived and much painful conversation must be gone through before any thing can be expected, yet now I am not without hope that he has got the right direction. He spent the evening with me.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0012-0007

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-12-07

Friday. 7th.

Morning at the Office looking out authorities in the case which I am about to argue before the Moot Court. Busy in the afternoon about the same, and passed the Evening at my room in reading quietly, a thing which at the present day is seldom granted me. The day was passed pleasantly.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0012-0008

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-12-08

Saturday 8th.

Morning occupied before breakfast in writing to my Mother.1 After breakfast went down to hear the result of the meeting of Congress but no news came. The mail had been delayed for the first time. I then called at Mrs. Frothingham’s to see Abby and after a half an hour, I returned to the Office where I passed the day without doing much { 191 } which could be called useful. My case went on but on the whole a good deal of time was wasted. At five I went to Mrs. Frothingham’s to go out in the Carriage of Mr. B. to Medford. Mr. Brooks, Mrs. Everett, Abby and I went out. The night was very dark and rainy as the whole week has been. Arrived safe and felt dull after I got there.
1. Letter missing.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0012-0009

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-12-09

Sunday 9th.

Mr. Frothingham who came out to preach this morning at Medford brought the news of the election of Speaker and the President’s Message. The opposition party have triumphed and this is a severe blow upon the prospects of the present administration.1 My own opinion is that their fate is decided and that all the rest will be nothing but a fiery struggle against it. And our own prospects are gloomy beyond description. I attended Meeting in the afternoon but did not think much of the Sermon. My ideas were elsewhere. In the evening I talked with Abby.
1. On 3 December Andrew Stevenson of Virginia, with the support of Martin Van Buren, defeated John W. Taylor, of New York, in the contest for the speakership of the House of Representatives. “There is a decided majority of both Houses of Congress in opposition to the Administration,” JQA noted, “a State of things which has never before occurred under the Government of the United States” (JQA, Diary, 29 Nov. and 3 Dec. 1827).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1827-12-10

Monday 10th.

Returned to town with Mr. Brooks. Went to George’s Office1 and had much conversation with him. If this change has no other good effect, it may save him, and this is worth the fall. Received a high souled letter from my Father which did me good. Read the last paragraph for George’s benefit.2 The remainder of the day, I was occupied in making up my case for Court which was held in the evening. I argued it to the best of my ability.3 After it, Richardson and I went and had a little Supper of Oysters. Weather still very bad.
1. GWA’s office was at 23 Court Street. See JA, Diary and Autobiography, 2:63–64.
2. JQA wrote that in the trials ahead he would “feel and fear little for himself so long as he can rely upon the good conduct of his children” (JQA to CFA, 2 Dec. 1827, Adams Papers).
3. CFA’s moot court case concerned the right of an enemy alien to sue in the courts of the United States. Holding that there was no such right, he was unable to convince any of the judges, and afterwards he discovered that Chancellor James Kent had “decided the question against me on my own law and authorities” (CFA to JQA, 25 Dec. 1827, Adams Papers; CFA, Law Miscellanies, M/CFA/17, Adams Papers, Microfilms, Reel No. 311).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1827-12-11

Tuesday. 11th.

Wrote to my father this morning. Received after breakfast a most extraordinary letter from my Mother.1 What could possibly be the cause of such a singular break is beyond my comprehension. She informs me that it is doubtful whether John’s marriage ever takes place. All this is new and astonishing. She threatens to leave the house and much more which is a cause of incessant puzzle to me. Had much conversation with George upon the subject. He talks very rationally. At the Office but did not do much. My father seems to have a most singular concurrence of misfortunes to contend with at the present moment. In the afternoon I went to Mrs. P. C. Brooks Jr. in Chesnut Street to see Abby. She came in late. In the evening I went with her to the Wedding visit of Mrs. J. Quincy Jr. My spirits were not very high, and I saw much in Abby’s conduct this evening to displease me and to depress them still lower. Returned home very shortly.
1. Missing.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1827-12-12

Wednesday 12th.

Morning call at Mrs. Frothingham’s. Saw Abby. Previously to this received a letter from my Mother in tolerable spirits. This is the unaccountable part of her character. Nothing is said in relation to the previous letter and one would not suppose that any thing could have happened so lately before to create such a disturbance. My own spirits however were materially improved by this change. After an hour with Abby, passed the remainder of the day at the Office. In the evening a walk with George, and drank a bottle of Champagne with Richardson who called at my room and passed a couple of hours in conversation with me.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1827-12-13

Thursday. 13th.

Morning at the Office, reading Law. At twelve o’clock went with George to pay some visits which were due to different people. Got through a short time before dinner. Afternoon at the Office quite engaged. Evening at home, reading the Protagoras of Plato. George came in for an hour with a list of grievances, which I laughed at. Occupied in writing Executive Record.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1827-12-14

Friday. 14th.

Morning at the Office, nothing remarkable occurred. Conversation with George. My mornings pass away most unaccountably. But little { 193 } actually done. The afternoons though short are those parts of the day which are most useful to me. In the evening I occupied myself in writing a letter and Records and in reading. After going to bed, was roused by the alarm of fire which so startled me that I started off and saw the whole of it. It was a house on Washington Street in the south part of the town. I did not get quietly asleep until two in the morning. The blaze of this fire produced a beautiful effect. The clouds happened to be low and rather of a thin kind. So that the flame tinged them all with a pale red. It was very light to go to the fire in consequence, but when the cause of the illumination was discontinued, nothing could be darker. The firemen displayed a good deal of intrepidity in saving a house which was so entirely on fire when I first saw it that it seemed impossible to me to prevent it’s complete combustion.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1827-12-15

Saturday 15th.

I finished the letter to my Mother commenced last evening.1 Then went to the Office but my time slipped away without my doing much. Weather very rainy. Received a note from Abby2 intimating that it would be more proper to stay in town this week, by which I understand that Mrs. Everett is in momentary expectation of being confined. As with such a catastrophe I should be as little desirous of being in the house as they would be to have me, I am content to remain in Boston for the first time since my residence here on Sunday. Busy in copying during the afternoon and in the evening quietly at my room, reading Plato and copying Executive Record. Received a letter from my Father.
1. Missing.
2. Missing.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0012-0016

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-12-16

Sunday. 16th.

Went to Meeting this morning at Dr. Channing’s with Miss Harriet Welsh and Mrs. Barrel. Heard him for the first time in my life. He is considered the first Clergyman here. I was pleased with him and on the whole felt satisfied with having heard him. His subject was Religion. Dined with George and the Welsh family. In the afternoon went to Brattle Street Church the first time for many years. Heard a Mr. Barrett there but did not admire him.1 Evening at Dr. Welsh’s excepting an hour at home upon Vivian Grey.
1. Samuel Barrett, minister of the Twelfth Congregational Church in Chambers Street, Boston (Mass. Register, 1827, p. 109).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1827-12-17

Monday. 17th.

Morning, a short time at the Office. Went then to see Abby at her { 194 } sister’s, and passed the afternoon with her. Mr. Thos. Welsh sent for me to intimate that I had talked George too low for that he had inoculated his friends with the same notion of despair in regard to political affairs. This gave occasion to an idea that I might write something which could bring up the spirits of the Party. But the vis is not in me and prudence also would forbid. But something of the kind is undoubtedly necessary. Abby wished me to remain with her so I broke my engagements at the Moot Court for the first time, and passed a much more agreeable evening with her.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0012-0018

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-12-18

Tuesday 18th.

Wrote a letter to my father. Then went to see Abby and passed the morning with her. It commenced snowing last night and did not stop today. A. did not go out to Medford in consequence. My afternoon was wasted at the Office without my doing any thing whatever. The evening was spent at Mrs. Frothingham’s where I remained until after ten.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1827-12-19

Wednesday. 19th.

Found myself suffering this morning with a violent headache without being able to account for it. Went to Mrs. F.’s and passed a couple of hours with Abby. She went out of town. I forgot to mention yesterday that I had received a letter from my Mother with one inclosed to Abby in which she says there is no prospect of John’s present marriage. At the Office in the afternoon and at home reading in the evening. Little or nothing remarkable.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1827-12-20

Thursday 20th.

Morning at the Office busily employed but not satisfactorily. The rumor is that Mr. Webster goes to England in which case I shall have to look for quarters elsewhere. This appointment will seal the destiny of this administration if it is not already fixed. Mr. W. may be very glad to escape from the country in the wreck of matter which will ensue.1 Afternoon busy at the Office copying Practice, and at home in the evening but not reading very usefully. Copied Executive Record.
1. The rumor that Webster would become minister to Great Britain was not entirely unfounded. During the winter of 1827–1828 Secretary of State Clay approached him on the subject and reported that “Webster somewhat earnestly desired it, being forty-six years of age, and, if to go abroad at all, wishing not to postpone it until altogether past the prime of life.” But John S. Barbour’s prior claims to the mission, plus the expense of serving as a diplomat abroad, caused Webster to defer his ambition. See JQA, Memoirs, 7:474; Fuess, Webster, 1:349–350.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0012-0021

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-12-21

Friday. 21st.

Morning at the Office but not occupied very usefully. Called at Dr. Gorham’s and Mrs. Frothingham’s to see Abby but did not succeed. In the afternoon I saw her for an hour at Dr. Gorham’s. Then went and took a walk which I have established for myself as a practice as I find that this cold weather braces me severely. In the evening I called for Abby and took her and Julia Gorham to Mrs. J. Amory’s.1 As Abby was very lame I was anxious that she should not dance, and although it was rather a tedious thing to her to stand out, and I was apprehensive she would not bear it well, yet on the whole she went through it in a manner rather gratifying to me. At home early.
1. Presumably Mrs. Jonathan Amory, wife of the wealthy Boston merchant, who lived at 7 Park Street (Boston Freeholders, 1822, p. 12).

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0012-0022

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-12-22

Saturday. 22d.

Wrote to my Mother before breakfast.1 I then went to see Abby at Mrs. Frothingham’s, and spent the longer part of the morning with her. Returned to the Office and conversed with George. Dined at Dr. Gorham’s. I was compelled unwillingly to this, as Abby being there, I knew they did not want me, yet would think it extraordinary that after being invited I should decline. Mrs. Gorham is a woman very little to my taste. Her Sister, Harriet Warren, was there also.2 I am not partial to any of the Warrens. The name is synonimous with coldness of heart. I remained until five o’clock when my walk takes place. Went to George’s Office on my return and became engaged in a serious conversation with him. He is very much in danger of a relapse. And I talked with him in the most unequivocal manner. This year, as I have always said, is the crisis of his fate. The remainder of the evening at Dr. Gorham’s. Home at ten.
1. Letter missing.
2. Mrs. John Gorham, the former Mary Warren, and her sister Harriet were daughters of the famous Dr. John Warren (1753–1815), noted equally as a Revolutionary patriot and as a professor of surgery at Harvard (DAB).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1827-12-23

Sunday. 23d.

Very cold this morning. Did not go out as I was confident I should not be able to escape dining at Dr. Gorham’s. The family seemed so ill at ease yesterday by my being there I was determined I would not inflict a repetition of the same. Not very worthily occupied at home principally because I have no steady occupation. I went to George’s room at four and conversed with him; he was much better. Drank tea { 196 } there and then walked to Mrs. Frothingham’s. Found Abby and Julia Gorham there with some other company, parishioners of Mr. F. on their Sunday visit. Returned home early but the weather was severely cold. Sidney Brooks has arrived but I have not seen him.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0012-0024

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-12-24

Monday. 24th.

Received a letter from my Father, which should have arrived on Saturday. Morning wasted. Called on Sidney Brooks, his father, with whom I had some conversation upon different subjects, and Abby. Mrs. Everett has been confined but the third daughter creates a disappointment which will not soon be altered. Abby went to Medford with her brother and I remained in town very low spirited. I made an experiment with milk today for breakfast but I was paid for it by one of the most severe head aches which I ever suffered from. This did not prevent my copying as usual in the afternoon. Took a walk to get rid of it but did not succeed. Attended the Moot Court and owing to the absence of the two other Justices, I was unexpectedly called upon to make Notes for a decision next week.1
1. The issue argued was whether the endorser of a note could bring evidence against its validity in an action to recover the amount from the maker of the note. CFA decided: “This witness is incompetent” (CFA, Law Miscellanies, M/CFA/17, Adams Papers, Microfilms, Reel No. 311).

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0012-0025

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-12-25

Tuesday. 25th.

Christmas day. But it was unattended by the accompaniments which I have usually known with it. My own time was quite busily passed in examining the law case argued last night, as I do not expect to be able to do much in the latter part of the week. John sent me a Note1 with some Documents and letters which I left last Summer in the City of Philadelphia. Among the rest was a letter from Abby which I received just previous to leaving Washington. In the afternoon engaged in copying from Judge Howe’s Lecture as usual. And then a walk. My spirits were very indifferent all day. Evening at my room reading the Communications of the different Presidents to Congress2 and copying Executive Record. Some caricatures were published in relation to Russel Jarvis who has lately made himself conspicuous here.3
1. Missing.
2. Addresses of the Successive Presidents of the United States to Both Houses of Congress, at the Opening of Each Session, with Their Answers, Washington, 1805.
3. Russell Jarvis, a scurrilous writer for Duff Green’s anti-administration Daily Telegraph (Bemis, JQA, 2:99).

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0012-0026

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-12-26

Wednesday. 26th.

Morning at the Office examining the law case. Looked over the Massachusetts Statutes in relation to deeds and devises, which constituted my morning’s work. In the afternoon went to Mr. Blake’s Office to see Sidney Brooks and was detained there all the afternoon listening to long stories. Took a walk, met Richardson who accompanied me to my room, found a note from Abby requesting me to go out to Medford,1 but it reached me too late for this evening. George came in and we drank a bottle of Champagne after which Richardson begged my company to eat a Venison Supper with which invitation I complied and did not return until midnight.
1. Missing.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0012-0027

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-12-27

Thursday 27th.

In consequence of the Note from Abby I started at ten o’clock for Medford. My ride was a severely cold one but I was well wrapped up. They seemed glad to see me there and I remained to dine. Mrs. E. is of course barely on the recovery. She sent down her child for me to see. The appearance of it struck me very much and set me in a fit of moralizing which I will not here repeat. Infancy is a disgusting part of life under any circumstances, and when one considers that this was a very fair healthy specimen, it would seem as if life itself was of little value which arises from such painful and long enduring support as the generality require. My own feelings upon this subject are peculiar.
Returned to town with Abby in a snow storm, stopped at Mr. Blake’s and George’s Offices. Conversation upon his affairs. Returned home and at seven o’clock went in a Carriage for Abby to go to Mrs. Dehon’s. This was the evening fixed for the marriage of Sidney and her daughter. Abby and I were attendants as the phrase is; the company consisted only of the Brooks family who were in Boston and a few of the relations of the Dehons. Dr. Gardiner1 went through the Ceremony very properly and the Couple behaved remarkably well. At nine we had a Supper which was handsome at which we sat an hour and passed it quite agreeably. I exerted myself very much although there is a most unaccountable weight upon my spirits all the time. Returned early wishing the bridal pair lots of contentment.
1. John S. J. Gardiner, the minister of Trinity Episcopal Church (Boston Directory, 1827).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1827-12-28

Friday 28th.

The weather changed from snow to rain during the night and the { 198 } consequence was that the streets were scarcely passable this morning. Morning at the Office for a few minutes, received a long letter from my Mother explaining the mysterious letters and surprising me very much.1 Went to Mrs. Frothingham’s to see Abby and remained there until dinner. Afternoon at the office. Conversation upon miscellaneous subjects until Late so that I did nothing all day. Evening with Abby passed in the luxury of love.
1. Missing.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1827-12-29

Saturday 29th.

My habit of early rising has again failed. We are strange mortals when we do not possess resolution enough for a business so small. Went to the Office and answered my Mother’s letter from there.1 Mr. Blake then called for me and we paid a morning visit to the bride. She looked and behaved very well. Abby was there. Went to Mrs. Frothinghams, and passed the afternoon and evening with Abby. She was a little dull and unwell. We had much conversation upon all sorts of subjects until the hour of ten when I marched myself home.
1. CFA’s answer is missing.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1827-12-30

Sunday. 30th.

Morning at home reading and more busily occupied than I have been for some time. Read one of Bossuet’s Sermons on the Nativity,1 but was not much pleased with it. In the afternoon called upon George, got entangled in a very silly argument which I escaped from to go to Mrs. Frothingham’s where I passed the afternoon and evening very agreeably.
1. CFA’s copy of Jacques Bénigne Bossuet’s Chef-d’oeuvre oratoire, Paris, 1813, is in the Stone Library.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1827-12-31

Monday 31st.

Morning at the Office for a few moments only, from there to Mr. Blake’s to arrange matters in relation to the Serenade this evening. Returned to the Office and wrote my opinion for the Moot Court which Davis is to deliver in my place to night.1 I then went to Mrs. Dehon’s and found the bride and bridemaids busy in making up papers of cake. Sidney Brooks came in and he, Abby and I went up to see the Statue of Washington after which we stopped in at Miss Gorham’s and I finally left her on Washington Street. Then went in search of a bouquet for her this evening, returned home, dined, stopped in at Blake’s about the band and then went to Mrs. Frothingham’s where I { 199 } drank tea and came to Mrs. Dehon’s with Abby on my way home to dress myself. Found myself in full dress for a groomsman’s situation. The company was not very large but most of the fashionable girls were present. Among others, Miss Marshall, whose appearance created quite a sensation considering the events which took place between her and Sidney only a year ago. Mrs. Brooks, the bride, looked exceedingly well and Abby appeared to great advantage. The visitors went off early and the bridal party then sat down to a very pretty little Supper which we were quite pleased with, and from which we did not retreat until the close of the day and of the old year. But it was not the close of my labour.
1. See entry for 24 Dec., and note, above. CFA’s substitute was probably Timothy K. Davis, who was later admitted to the Suffolk county bar (Mass. Register, 1832, p. 36).

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0001-0001

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-01-01

January. 1828. Tuesday. 1st.

I was still up when the new year commenced and had changed my dress and walked to the Exchange in order to meet the band which Blake and I had engaged for a serenade. We were employed about three hours travelling to different places. The music was fine, the evening was mild and I felt a great deal of enthusiasm. My thoughts naturally turned to the close of this year when our family would know decisively what was our future prospect. I felt very calm about it, as my mind is made up to meet the reverse of fortune, if it comes, and to look for advantages from it. My own prospects are still more intimately connected with the period. I trust them all in the hands of a divine providence. I got home at three and in the morning found myself less fatigued than I had expected.
Went to the Office, found a letter from my Father in a more serious tone than usual enclosing three instead of two hundred dollars.1 The present was exactly in time for my expenses have been enormous latterly. I then proceeded to settle my accounts for the quarter after which I bought a Souvenir and went to Mrs. Frothingham’s to present it to Abby. Thus went the morning. On my return to dinner I found a beautiful present from Mr. Everett of a pair of Essence Bottles, which was quite unexpected and agreeable. In the afternoon I went again to Mrs. F.’s where I staid until her father called for her to go to Medford. On my return, conversation with George at his Office. Evening at home writing an answer to my Father after which I passed an hour or more in copying Executive Records.
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1. Without mentioning CFA’s last letter upon the subject of his allowance (see entry for 20 Nov. 1827, and note, above), JQA wrote: “I send you a check . . . for three hundred dollars. The odd hundred is to meet the extraordinary expense which you say you have incurred in providing your necessary supplies for the winter, and in the hope of stimulating your industry upon the copying [of the Executive Record] you have in hand for me” (JQA to CFA, 24 Dec. 1827, Adams Papers).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-01-02

Wednesday. 2d.

Arose early this morning and copied the letter to my Father which I wrote last night. Went to the Office but did little or nothing. Called at George’s and at Blake’s and was busy in settling my Accounts for the Quarter. At half past one o’clock I called at Mr. Brook’s room and joined him on his return to Medford. We had a pleasant ride and much Conversation upon indifferent subjects. There was a family dinner given to Sidney on his departure. Edward, Chardon and Sidney with their wives, Mr. and Mrs. Frothingham, Mr. Blake, Miss Dehon and myself were the guests. Abby had a violent head ach and was sick with a cold, which prevented my enjoying the dinner so much. I felt flushed and feverish. After dinner, passed a short time with Abby and had a good deal of agreeable conversation with Mr. Brooks after the rest had all gone to Boston.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-01-03

Thursday. 3d.

Returned to Boston with Mr. Brooks this morning and talked with him upon many subjects. At the Office. Commenced Blackstone again which I design for a slow and final Review. Afternoon occupied in copying, from the lecture of Judge Howe as usual. Evening quietly at home reading the Messages of the different Presidents at the opening of Congress, and copied a portion of Executive Records.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-01-04

Friday 4th.

Morning occupied in reading. At the office, Blackstone, but was very much annoyed by the pinching of a new pair of boots. George got some letters from Washington with but little in them. Afternoon at the Office copying a Lecture as usual. Evening at home, commenced Middleton’s Life of Cicero which I have obtained at last1 and copied a portion of Executive Record.
1. CFA’s copy of Conyers Middleton’s The Life of Marcus Tullius Cicero, 2 vols., London, 1824, is in the Stone Library. Among JA’s books in the Boston Public Library are two of the three volumes of Middleton’s Cicero, London, 1755 (Catalogue of JA’s Library, p. 167).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-01-05

Saturday. 5th.

Wrote a letter to my Mother this morning. Then at the Office reading Blackstone until dinner, or at least half an hour before when I started with Mr. Brooks for Medford. The weather was milder and more pleasant to the feeling than any I have ever before experienced at this season of the year in this climate. Dined and after dinner passed in conversation with Abby. Saw Mrs. Everett and talked a good deal with her. She is rapidly recovering from her confinement. Evening passed as quietly as usual.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-01-06

Sunday. 6th.

Morning went to Meeting and heard Mr. Stetson deliver a Sermon of but little interest. Little or nothing else of moment occurred during the day. I remained at home in the afternoon and read the Article on Judge Marshall in the last Number of the North American Review.1 It is interesting. Evening conversation with Abby.
1. Joseph Story’s review of John Marshall’s A History of the Colonies Planted by the English on the Continent of North America . . . , which appeared in the North American Review, 58:1–40 (Jan. 1828).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-01-07

Monday 7th.

Rode into Boston with Mr. Brooks. The mild weather has so opened the roads that the travelling is shocking upon them and I was a little disposed to regret that Mr. B. had come as I feared he had done so in regard to my accommodation. Conversation with him upon miscellaneous subjects. A letter from my Father together with a Sonnet by him to the Cock. I cannot but say that I think his Letters are degenerating into Sermons and that he is as usual missing my character.1 Read Blackstone and Copied from Howe’s Lecture as usual and read a smart debate reported in the Intelligencer in relation to a resolution moved by the Manufacturing Committee (so called). Evening at the Moot Court and heard an argument. Afterwards Supper at the Exchange with Richardson and Conversation.
1. Continuing to argue that CFA should get up at five or six o’clock in the morning, JQA enclosed an original “Sonnet to Chanticleer,” that symbol of early rising, which was proudly displayed on his seal (JQA to CFA, 31 Dec. 1827, Adams Papers).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-01-08

Tuesday. 8th.

Arose this morning amid the roar of Cannon celebrating the day which now gives so much assistance to the factions.1 Wrote a letter to my Father as usual. After breakfast went to the Office and found { 202 } the report of the death of Mr. Boylston was true. Poor man, he has lingered long and painfully. Received a short letter from my Mother. Read Blackstone. In the afternoon occupied in Copying. Evening quietly at home reading Middleton’s Cicero and copying Executive Record.
1. The anniversary of Andrew Jackson’s victory at New Orleans.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-01-09

Wednesday. 9th.

Morning reading President’s Messages until breakfast. From that time until Dinner it was all idling. I took an early dinner at Dr. Welsh’s with George in order to go out to the funeral of Mr. Boylston. We went in a Carriage with Drs. Shattuck1 and Welsh, but did not arrive there until the last Ceremony was commencing. Mr. B. had no relations beyond his immediate descendants, and we therefore ranked in the second row of mourners. Mr. and Mrs. T. B. Adams were there and in the same Carriage with us as we accompanied him to the grave. The funeral had but little solemnity in it. I regretted his loss as he was a kind and hospitable man and his house is one of the few places which I can remember with complete satisfaction as never having done otherwise than enjoy myself in it. His character was a mixed one and I did not know enough of it’s real qualities, good or bad, to form any opinion, nor did I have the heart to desire. With his death, his family will sink however. His wife seemed but little affected and the burden of his latter days must have been such as to make his death rather a relief. Returned early, drank tea at Dr. Welsh’s and passed the evening at my own room reading and copying Record.
1. George Cheyne Shattuck (1783–1854), the leading physician in Boston (DAB).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-01-10

Thursday. 10th.

Read two or three Messages before breakfast. Morning at the office reading Blackstone. Richardson called in. As Abby was to come into town tomorrow and I had a cold I determined to remain in Boston. Richardson and I dined upon venison at the Boston Coffee House. He passed the afternoon at the Office with me and the evening at my room where I invited Davis to come also. I gave them a bottle of Champagne and we had a pleasant time.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-01-11

Friday 11th.

Looked over two or three Messages before breakfast. Then went to the Office. Understanding Abby to be in town I went to Mrs. { 203 } Frothingham’s but did not see her in the morning. I have been suffering from a bad cold all the week and my spirits are again breaking by the force of it. Read Blackstone. Afternoon at Mrs. Frothingham’s to see Abby, found her much as usual, drank tea there and shortly after returned home to dress for Mrs. T. B. Curtis’s party.1 Called for Abby and had a very stupid evening. It was a tea party which is another name for something very odious. Found myself tired and very much out of spirits on my return home at eleven.
1. The wife of a wealthy merchant, Mrs. Thomas B. Curtis lived on Sumner Street (Boston Directory, 1829–1830).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-01-12

Saturday 12th.

Wrote a letter to my Mother this morning.1 After breakfast went to the Office and found one from her with but little of any thing in it. Went from there to see Abby and passed a large part of the morning with her. The day was so bad I concluded not to go out of town. But my spirits again fell in my desperate way. At such times my prayers are sincere but it is almost too great a trial to be often subject to them. Trusting in a divine Providence I should exist in hope, but sometimes despair will get the advantage. Afternoon occupied in copying the Lecture of Judge Howe, and in the evening instead of going to the Concert, I occupied myself at home. But employment would scarcely support me.
1. Missing.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-01-13

Sunday. 13th.

Morning occupied in finishing the volume of Messages of the different Presidents, and reading some other Papers in regard to the Congressional History of the Country. At eleven as the weather promised tolerably I started to go to Medford. The roads were in as bad condition as I ever knew them, occasioned by the late rains. Found Abby quite sick so that she did not come down to dinner but she had somewhat recovered in the afternoon and came down. In sickness there is always more scope for affection and I have seldom known an evening to pass with purer, kinder and more enthusiastic feelings on my part.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-01-14

Monday. 14th.

Abby was better this morning and I returned to town over the same wild track shortly after breakfast. Morning occupied in reading Blackstone. Afternoon in copying as usual. Went to the Theatre in { 204 } Federal Street in the evening and saw the Tragedy of Venice preserved. The House was very thin and hardly encouraging to the Actors. Mrs. Sloman performed Belvidera; her acting is decidedly good, although not so supremely powerful as one would suppose a first rate to be.1 She was entirely unsupported by the other characters. This play is capable of great dramatic effect although somewhat defective in it’s plot. And it undoubtedly is calculated strongly to excite the feelings. The little Opera Farce of Brother and Sister closed the Performance.2 Keene sung much in his usual style. I was shocked by the small number in the House.
1. Mrs. John Sloman, the English actress, was starring in Thomas Otway’s tragedy (Brown, History of the American Stage, p. 337).
2. This “comic operatic drama” was written by William Dimond.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-01-15

Tuesday. 15th.

Wrote a letter to my Father before breakfast and copied it afterwards. Received one from him also which should have come yesterday. A very pleasant one. Morning occupied reading Blackstone. Afternoon in Copying, then a walk and Evening in reading Middleton and copying Executive Record, thus going through quite a studious day.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0001-0016

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-01-16

Wednesday. 16th.

Arose early and read this morning some public Documents in relation to the question of Internal Improvements. Went to the Office and read Blackstone. In the afternoon I copied as usual and begin at length to see the end to this business. The weather has again changed and the ground covered with snow. Went to the Theatre this evening and saw Mrs. Sloman in the part of Jane Shore.1 I was tempted as the Play was one I had never seen and she is a good performer. I say good for I was not entirely pleased with her performance. She overlooked some passages of considerable bearing and she was not up to the most sublime but her conception was, notwithstanding, generally correct, her enunciation forcible. She is capable as far as she goes, and although she does not rival the lofty passion for which Mrs. Siddons2 has rendered herself so famous, yet it is a gratification to find in her many excellent qualities amidst the shocking barrenness of the rest of our Actors. A little interlude called Love in humble life,3 and Patrick, the Poor Soldier, closed the Scene. I have seen it often and Keene himself in the part.
1. Nicholas Rowe’s Tragedy written in Imitation of Shakespear’s Style.
2. Mrs. Sarah Kemble Siddons (1755–1831), the famous English actress.
3. A play by John Howard Payne.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-01-17

Thursday. 17th.

Morning reading Cicero before and Blackstone after breakfast. Received a letter from my Mother in very good spirits and felt so myself. Afternoon at Mr. Frothingham’s to see Abby and drank tea there. Evening, dressed and called for Abby and Julia Gorham to go to Mr. Homer’s1 ball. He is not tip top but there were many fashionable people there. I met Allyne Otis who is here on a short visit to his father. He looks much the same as usual. I enjoyed myself quite tolerably. There was a formal Supper. The house is magnificent, and although there was not sufficient light to give the proper excitement, it was twelve before I got to bed.
1. Possibly Fitzhenry Homer, a Boston merchant, who lived at 52 Chesnut Street (Boston Directory, 1829–1830).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-01-18

Friday. 18th.

Morning passed principally at Mrs. Frothinghams with Abby. Nothing particular occurring. Afternoon at the Office. Richardson called and instead of writing as usual I conversed with him and Davis. Evening passed with Abby. My feelings in relation to her are at present very singular. They have been coming to the present point for months past. Their actual condition I do not disclose to myself as I feel disposed to defer disagreeable ideas. My love for her is now such that life without her would hardly be worth a moments thought, and I am still doubtful whether with her I am doing her the Justice which is due. My prayers are constantly offered up on this subject. May they avail me. The Rubicon has been long passed.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-01-19

Saturday. 19th.

Wrote this morning to my Mother.1 Afterwards called to see Abby and wasted the morning at the office. After dinner went to Medford in Mr. Brooks’ Carriage with him and Mrs. B., with Abby of course. Conversed as usual with Abby all the evening.
1. Letter missing.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-01-20

Sunday 20th.

Attended Meeting this morning. Heard a Mr. Farley, a disciple of Cambridge, and better than usual.1 Little else during the day, read the North American and allowed myself to get foolishly dull which affected Abby. This will not do. Mr. Angier,2 Dr. Swann,3 Miss Mary Hall and her brothers, all of Medford, passed the evening here.
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1. Presumably Frederick Augustus Farley, Harvard 1818, who graduated from the Divinity School in 1828.
2. Presumably John Angier, who later married Abigail Smith Adams, daughter of TBA. See Adams Genealogy.
3. Daniel Swan, Harvard 1803, who was invited by Medford citizens to become their town doctor in 1816 (Brooks, Medford, p. 307).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-01-21

Monday 21st.

Returned to Boston with Mr. Brooks. The weather began to grow cold. Arrived early and found a letter from my father which was very pleasant. Passed the morning without doing much. Looked over a Chapter of Blackstone and examined the American Law in relation to native allegiance, but did not find any thing satisfactory. Copied Judge Howe’s Lecture, who by the way died to day in this City. The weather turned cold but I, in pursuance of an agreement made with Richardson, commenced a practice of evening walking. This was a pretty severe trial for a beginning. The night was colder than any we have yet had. Attended the Moot Court and heard a pleasant debate between Emerson and Dorr for there was not much legal acquirement in it.1 After this I went home and read Middleton and was otherwise busy until quite late. The cold was so severe as to affect me even in bed.
1. The debate concerned whether “during Coverture a husband receiving property by his wife shall be liable to pay for the support of her parents who have become paupers since her marriage” (CFA, Law Miscellanies, M/CFA/17, Adams Papers, Microfilms, Reel 311). Edward Bliss Emerson was one of the attorneys; his opponent was either Ebenezer Ritchie Dorr or William B. Dorr (Mass. Register, 1829, p. 41).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-01-22

Tuesday. 22d.

The coldest morning we have yet had this winter. Wrote a letter to my Father but it took me four hours to do it and copy it. Which shows my want of resolution and my perseverance in the same deed. Office later read Blackstone. Afternoon copying Judge Howe’s Lecture. Took a walk as usual with Richardson. Had half determined to go to the Play but determined differently on looking at the Box book. At home read Middleton and Plutarch. It was too cold to copy Executive Record.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-01-23

Wednesday. 23d.

The weather was so cold I did not get up as early as usual, so that I had only time for a short reading of a Dissertation upon Plato. I am now seriously occupied in Study with plenty of subject before me. Morning at the Office reading Blackstone. Examined a number of { 207 } points of law. In the afternoon Richardson called in for a few moments. Desultory conversation. Copied as usual. Evening at home reading Middleton and Plutarch.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-01-24

Thursday 24th.

The weather still continues excessively cold. Morning at the Office reading Blackstone. Called upon Allyne Otis with Mr. T. Davis. Found him at home and saw all the family. There is something about them which I like very much, and yet what it is, is hardly possible to tell. Mrs. Otis scolded well for my not having been before. Returning from there I called upon George who is sick, confined to his room with a swelled face. I knew too well by the experience of last Spring what it was not to pity him. After dinner went to Mrs. Frothingham’s where I passed the afternoon and evening to see Abby. Conversed a good deal with her upon interesting but rather painful subjects. Returned home at ten.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-01-25

Friday. 25th.

Morning occupied in reading before breakfast, and afterwards at the Office. Afternoon at Mrs. Frothingham’s to see Abby. Conversed with her upon many subjects. Mr. Webster arrived this evening with the body of his wife who died in New York on Tuesday last. I pity his situation much. Returned home and dressed to go to a party at Mrs. Francis’s House.1 Called for Abby. The ball was very handsome indeed but I got a good deal out of humour in the latter part of it. Abby’s indiscretions are provoking and yet I can see nothing to take up particularly as objectionable. After returning home in deep thought I did not retire until after twelve. It is a little strange that it is always so at parties. Perhaps I am foolish but I think it lucky for her that the young men here are not impudent or else she would feel much mortification, and I much trouble. For she undoubtedly lays herself open to this.
1. Mrs. Ebenezer Francis, whose husband was a retired East India merchant and one of the wealthiest men in Boston, lived on Somerset Street (Boston Directory, 1829–1830).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-01-26

Saturday. 26th.

Wrote to my Mother before breakfast.1 Called on George who is on the recovery. From there went to Mrs. Frothingham’s and spent an hour with Abby. Mrs. Webster was buried today. I went out of town with Abby and her father in his Carriage, to dinner. Found { 208 } Mrs. B. and Mrs. Everett much as usual. Spent most of the time with Abby. I wish I could find something more definite to blame in her, but as bad motives are never visible in her actions, I cannot help loving her the more for her little follies.
1. Letter missing.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-01-27

Sunday. 27th.

Yesterday, which was a true Washington day in the softness of the air, gave place to a cold snow storm today which in the evening changed to hail and rain. I attended Meeting in the morning and heard Mr. Stetson, but was thinking of things far different. Little occurred of moment, but I can set this down as one of the most blissful days that in my life I have ever spent, and thankful am I to a gracious God for such.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-01-28

Monday. 28th.

Returned to Boston with Mr. Brooks. The morning was quite pleasant. Morning at the Office. Called at George’s Office and had some Conversation with him. He is again relapsing into his foolish notions. How difficult it is to assume new character. Read Blackstone and finished the first Volume. Copied in the afternoon from Judge Howe’s Lecture, which I hope in one more tack to finish. Took a walk with Richardson and attended Moot Court to hear a spirited debate between Chapman and Parker of which I took full Notes.1 Remainder of the evening at home.
1. CFA’s notes on the complicated case, which involved disputed title to a quantity of hides which a sheriff had attached, are in his Law Miscellanies (M/CFA/17, Adams Papers, Microfilms, Reel No. 311). The attorneys were Jonathan Chapman and Aurelius D. Parker.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-01-29

Tuesday 29th.

Wrote a letter to my Father which detained me longer than usual as I did not rise quite so early. Upon going down to the Office I found a Note from Abby1 requesting me to go out to Medford. I accordingly went with Mr. Brooks. There was a large party of the family. Mr. and Mrs. Chardon and Mrs. Edward Brooks, Mr. and Mrs. Frothingham and the usual family. Mary B. Hall came in afterwards and in the evening some of the Medford people came in. The party to me was of course dull and a sacrifice of my own feelings, but I have learnt some salutary lessons in life since my engagement, one of which is that a man cannot in this existence live entirely for him• { 209 } self. He must endure much. I exerted myself considerably but still feel the difference which exists between this place and the home of my own family. Talked a little with Abby.
1. Missing.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-01-30

Wednesday. 30th.

Returned to town with Mr. Brooks. Suffered a little from head ache but read Blackstone during the morning. As I was returning to dinner Genl. Sumner called and asked me to dine with him which I was obliged to consent to, although it deranged me very much. I almost finished Judge Howe’s Lecture notwithstanding. As I was waiting for George we were as usual in such cases late. No body at table but Col. Cutler of the Army1 and Genl. Sumner, his wife and sister. We had a tolerably agreeable day although I was not sorry to return home. Found Richardson had called and devoted the evening to reading.
1. Lt. Col. Enos Cutler, of the Third Infantry Regiment (Heitman, Register U.S. Army).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-01-31

Thursday. 31st.

Reading Middleton before breakfast. At the Office reading Blackstone. Received a letter from my Mother in tolerable spirits, relating much of the amusing conversation of the day. Also documents from John.1 Finished the long laboured Lecture of Judge Howe. Afternoon at Mrs. Frothingham’s to see Abby. Returned to dress and went with her to Mrs. Derby’s route. She is the most prodigious attempt at ton we have and her parties contain none but exclusives. They are consequently very dull. I was glad to get home. Her house is handsomely furnished but without use.
1. Missing.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-02-01

Friday February 1st.

Reading Middleton before breakfast. At the Office reading Blackstone. Conversation with George. Mr. Webster came to the Office. He looks very badly as I think. In the afternoon went to Mrs. Frothingham’s and passed the afternoon with Abby. Returned to dress and went with Abby to a party at Mrs. Salisbury’s.1 I don’t know the people and only received an Invitation upon Abby’s account. The ball was as pleasant as usual, more of a crowd and many youngsters, and I was as usual glad to get home.
1. Mrs. Samuel Salisbury, whose husband was a Boston merchant, lived at 29 Sumner Street (Boston Directory, 1829–1830).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-02-02

Saturday. 2d.

Wrote to my Mother in the morning before breakfast,1 from thence went to the Office and then to Mrs. Frothingham’s to see Abby, with whom I spent the morning in a very enthusiastic fit. Passed the afternoon very indolently. In the evening I finished Middleton and recommenced writing Executive Record.
1. Letter missing.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-02-03

Sunday 3d.

Morning occupied in reading Plato. Surprised by the appearance of Henry Brooks whom I drove to Medford at eleven o’clock. The day was foggy and unpleasant. Passed the time as usual excepting that I may say with pleasure and gratitude that I was extremely happy. I have always thought myself in a happy condition and in dread of futurity. This increases as I grow older and the effect of it damps my present enjoyment.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-02-04

Monday. 4th.

Returned to Boston. Found a letter from my father, which was short but pleasant. Morning occupied in reading Blackstone, as usual. Afternoon, commenced Hutchinson’s History of Massachusetts.1 Took a walk. The evening was delightfully mild and clear. Went to the Moot Court but heard no arguments, so that after a short conversation with some of the young men, I returned home, where I commenced Cicero de Officiis, after which I wrote Executive Record. On the whole a busy day.
1. There is a copy of Thomas Hutchinson’s The History of the Colony of Massachusetts Bay, 3 vols., London, 1765–1828, in the Stone Library.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-02-05

Tuesday. 5th.

Morning occupied in writing to my Father. A short letter. Then to the Office where I studied a Chapter of Blackstone. In the afternoon engaged in copying Cases in the Moot Court. I want to obtain the authorities. Richardson came in and after sitting a little while we went out and took a walk. The evening was delicious. The weather extraordinary. He afterwards passed the evening with me at my room and we drank some Champagne. George dropped in for a few moments. Richardson is full of his contemplated trip to New Orleans. To bed early.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-02-06

Wednesday. 6th.

My spirits were slightly improved. Read before breakfast, and afterwards went to the Office. Received a Note from Abby1 with a beautiful present of an Emerald for a breast pin, and a hint that I was expected. I did very little accordingly and rode out of town at one o’clock. My day passed in uncommon happiness. Such feelings as mine diminish on paper. I could never express them as they ought to be. Affection is the feeling of a man’s breast which he cannot easily show. In words it sounds puerile, in deeds, it is but seldom in life that it can be exhibited. But such days as this are worth ages of dull life and the only difficulty with them is, they make me relish dull life the less.
1. Missing.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0002-0007

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-02-07

Thursday. 7th.

Returned to town this morning. The roads were in as bad a condition as I ever found them, and the weather warm as summer. At the Office. Read a Chapter of Blackstone. Afternoon engaged in copying Law Authorities which have been cited heretofore at the Moot Court. Took a walk with Richardson and passed the evening at my room reading Cicero, and copying Executive Record.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0002-0008

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-02-08

Friday 8th.

Morning occupied in reading as usual. After breakfast, Blackstone at the Office. Received a letter from my Mother announcing John’s intention to be married on the 25th of this month. I was rather surprised at the manner in which it was noticed.1 Afternoon writing and reading Hutchinson. After which a walk with Richardson. He passed the evening with me <and drank a bottle of Champagne>. George called in for a few minutes. After which we took an Oyster Supper.
1. At the end of her letter detailing general Washington news, LCA added: “Your brother informed me this morning that his marriage was to take place on the 25 of the Month. I have declined having anything to do with it, therefore can give you no further information” (LCA to CFA, 1 Feb. 1828, Adams Papers). LCA, however, attended the wedding; see an account of the ceremony and guests in JQA, Diary, 25 Feb. 1828.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0002-0009

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-02-09

Saturday 9th.

Wrote to my Mother before breakfast. At the Office, Blackstone. Received a long letter from my Mother and one from John.1 The latter, an Invitation to his Wedding on the 25th. I do not know what to say about it, and I reflected so much upon that subject as { 212 } to make study quite useless. After dinner, as I felt incapable of doing any thing, I went to Medford, and spent the remainder of the time in conversation with Abby. I consulted her upon the subject of this visit. But she felt in a manner bound by her peculiar situation. It has its advantages and its disadvantages, and I am more fairly puzzled than I ever was before in all my life.
1. The letter from JA2 is missing.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0002-0010

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-02-10

Sunday. 10th.

At home all day. Little or nothing remarkable occurred. I talked with Abby. Mrs. Everett seemed desirous to have me express an opinion in favour of her going on, which I declined doing, and thereby hurt her feelings a little I fear. John’s letter is urgent to me, and there are many reasons why I should go in the family arrangement. But I propose to wait until I see what my father may say in his next letter.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0002-0011

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-02-11

Monday 11th.

Returned to town. The weather which hitherto has been warm has now suddenly changed to cold. No letter from my Father. Read Blackstone. Afternoon, Hutchinson. E. G. Prescott informed me that there was a report in town that Ward Brooks was lying very ill at Baltimore. In consequence of it I thought it my duty to call at Mrs. Frothingham’s. They had heard of it. This may have a material bearing upon my own plans. Walked with Richardson and on our return attended the Moot Court. Davis delivered a very able argument. Took an Oyster Supper afterwards.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0002-0012

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-02-12

Tuesday 12th.

As I intended to wait until I saw whether the mail brought me a letter from my Father, I did not write to him before breakfast but read as usual. A letter came but not a word concerning the Wedding, which put me in greater perplexity than ever. I was called down to see Mrs. Brooks off as she has determined to go and take care of Ward, her son. I should not be surprised if this was to have a worse effect upon her than it is worthwhile to risk. But no one can resist her decision. I am afraid of the consequences to that family very much. Her eldest Son, Edward, went with her, and all the family collected to see her off. Abby returned to Medford with her Father and Henry. I could not go. Afternoon, Hutchinson. Walk with { 213 } Richardson. He came to my room and drank Champagne after which he invited me to take Supper which I accepted and did not return home until twelve o’clock. The last evening of our acquaintance on these terms as we are soon to part, which I regret considerably.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0002-0013

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-02-13

Wednesday 13th.

Morning occupied in reading as usual. After breakfast went to the Office and pursued the study of Blackstone. Nothing further from Washington. At noon I went to Medford with Mr. Brooks. He had no later information concerning his Son. I was somewhat struck with the difference in the family occasioned by the absence of Mrs. B. It seems to have lost all it’s tone. Abby was in low spirits and I concluded in consequence to give up the journey to Washington. This is undoubtedly a sacrifice, as I had anticipated much useful and amusing matter from my contemplated [word omitted], useful, to allay feelings evidently existing, amusing, in affording me a little variety, and the pleasure of home which I feel the want of so much here. But Abby would feel it unkind in me to leave her at this particular junction and I cannot go with such an idea either on her or on my own mind.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0002-0014

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-02-14

Thursday. 14th.

Returned to town this morning with Mr. Brooks. Found nothing from Washington relating to this marriage and therefore sat down and wrote a letter to John1 declining his invitation and giving my reasons. I am afraid that it will be subject to misconstruction and productive of future coldness but it was impossible for me to avoid it. Read Blackstone and Hutchinson during the day and in the evening Cicero and Executive Record. Thus returning to my old habits after a recess occasioned by the expectation of absence and the separation of Richardson.
1. Missing.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0002-0015

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-02-15

Friday. 15th.

Reading before breakfast. Went to the Office and read a little of Blackstone. News arrived of the death of Governor Clinton of New York. It will make some stir among the Politicians of the day and is in itself not an uninstructive lesson as to the vanity of human ambition. I regard it as the establishment of Mr. Clay in this part of the Country. Copied an answer to a bill in Equity for Mr. Kinsman { 214 } and read Hutchinson. Evening quiet at home reading Cicero and writing Executive Record.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0002-0016

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-02-16

Saturday 16th.

Wrote to my Mother but did not finish my letter before breakfast. The weather was unpleasant and it snowed. Went to the Office where I received a letter from my Mother without any expression of a wish that I should go on although the invitation is mentioned, which confirms me in the correctness of my decision. Finished my letter and sent it.1 Went over to inquire respecting Ward Brooks and found that Mr. Brooks was preparing to go on with Mrs. Frothingham in consequence of receiving information of a character still more unfavourable. It makes the family a little melancholy. I went to Mrs. Frothingham’s and found her about to start. Mrs. Everett was in town and asked me to ride out in the Carriage with her, and Henry and also Julia Gorham who is going out to accompany Abby during the absence of her parents. The afternoon was passed in reading and in conversation, and in the evening had some conversation with Abby.
1. Missing.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0002-0017

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-02-17

Sunday. 17th.

Beautiful morning. Went to Meeting and heard a Mr. Farmer whom I remember as a Divinity Student at Cambridge.1 Tolerable. The day passed without any material occurrence excepting that one could not help being struck with the difference in the family by the absence of the elder portions of it. Mrs. Brooks constitutes one great charm of it. Had a good deal of conversation with Abby and saw her in a new light, although I was not unaware of it’s existence.
1. William Farmer, Harvard 1819, who had graduated from the Divinity School in 1823.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0002-0018

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-02-18

Monday. 18th.

Returned to Boston with Henry Brooks. Received a letter from my father without any news in it. Read Blackstone. Afternoon writing and reading Hutchinson. Conversation with Mr. Davis. Went to the Moot Court and heard a good opinion from Chapman as well as a good argument although a short one.1 At home remainder of the evening.
1. Jonathan Chapman’s opinion was given on the case argued the previous Monday, concerning the eligibility of witnesses. The new case involved the recovery of bank stock (CFA, Law Miscellanies, M/CFA/17, Adams Papers, Microfilms, Reel No. 311).

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0002-0019

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-02-19

Tuesday. 19th.

Wrote a letter to my father. Beautiful Morning. Blackstone at the Office. Did not see any of the Brooks family today. Afternoon, Hutchinson. Conversation with Mr. Hobart on politics, there being some resolutions before the Legislature of the State. Evening at home reading Cicero and the Preliminary Treatise of the Library of Useful Knowledge, an excellent work carried on by a society of gentlemen in London.1
1. Presumably the eight-page prospectus of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, published in London in 1825 (BM, Catalogue).

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0002-0020

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-02-20

Wednesday. 20th.

Morning occupied in reading. The weather is extraordinary for this season and quite reconciles me to remaining here. Ward Brooks is better by the last accounts, although if he is in a Consumption I do not see how he is to get out of it, at least by remaining there. Office, reading Blackstone. Afternoon, Hutchinson. Conversation with George. Evening at home reading Cicero and Executive Record.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0002-0021

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-02-21

Thursday 21st.

Morning occupied in reading the philosophy of the ancients.1 After breakfast, at the Office reading Blackstone until one o’clock when I started to go to Medford. It rained pretty fast during my ride but I found my road much better than I had expected. The family small as it has become, were very well and they had encouraging news from Baltimore. Julia Gorham is still remaining there. Time passed much as usual, and I felt as happy as a man in love does. There is a good deal of pleasure in sentiment, but when reduced to paper by description, it is so little capable of it as to excite ridicule and contempt. In passing therefore some of my happiest moments, I am content to leave them only in the memory.
1. A set of André Dacier’s Bibliothèque des anciens philosophes, 5 vols., Paris, 1771, is in the Stone Library.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0002-0022

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-02-22

Friday. 22d.

Returned to town. The weather astonishingly mild for the season. Read Blackstone and Hutchinson at the Office during the day. Nothing occurred worth noticing. This is the anniversary of Washington’s birth day and puts me in mind of a happier one a year ago although this was not without it’s pleasure. It is now a year since I entered into my present engagement. That it has so far been productive of nothing { 216 } but good to me, I am sure, and so far as I am able to make it, it shall not cease to be so, the result is in the hands of a higher power. Evening finished the first book of Cicero de Officiis and wrote Executive Record.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0002-0023

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-02-23

Saturday. 23d.

Morning occupied in reading a number of the publication called the Library of useful knowledge1 instead of writing to my Mother, which I deferred until after breakfast as I expected letters. None came however and I wrote a short one.2 Afternoon, reading Hutchinson. Called at Mr. Frothingham’s to see Abby, but she did not come in. Evening passed with George at Dr. Welsh’s.
1. The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (London) began publication of the Library of Useful Knowledge in 1827.
2. Missing.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0002-0024

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-02-24

Sunday 24th.

Morning occupied in reading. Went to Medford early, found Mrs. Everett alone, the two young ladies having gone to Meeting. Conversation with her. John and Mary C. Hellen. She told me they were to be married on Tuesday1 in Church. Something quite strange. Went to Meeting in the afternoon. Mr. Stetson preached a pretty good Sermon. Henry Brooks returned as it was impossible for him to sail today. Violent snow storm. Agreeable evening.
1. A mistake for Monday.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0002-0025

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-02-25

Monday 25th.

Snow had fallen to a greater depth than at any time this winter. Heavy return to town in a Chaise. Letters from both my Parents, one from my father enclosing a letter of introduction to Mr. Middleton for Henry Brooks.1 I imagine it was barely in time as the wind had changed. One from my Mother in tolerable spirits. Morning, Blackstone. Afternoon, Hutchinson. Walk and Moot Court, short argument. Return home, and drank a glass of Champagne with General Boyd2 to John’s success.
1. The letter from JQA to Henry Middleton (1770–1846), the United States minister to Russia, is missing.
2. John Parker Boyd had served as brigadier general in the War of 1812 (Heitman, Register U.S. Army).

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0002-0026

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-02-26

Tuesday. 26th.

Wrote a letter to my father according to custom. Went to the Office { 217 } and found a message from Abby who was at Mr. Frothingham’s. I went immediately and spent the morning with her. She was very dull. The news from Ward is very unfavourable, and they are solitary at Medford. She left town at one. Afternoon, Hutchinson. Evening, walk, and Cicero, Executive Record. Had a slight cold.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0002-0027

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-02-27

Wednesday. 27th.

Read the Grecian philosophy as usual this morning, after which I went to the Office. The rain was pouring in torrents all day and rapidly carrying off the snow. Read Blackstone. Notwithstanding the rain I went to Medford in as much as they wanted letters and I was the only one able to convey them. The news from Baltimore is most discouraging. Mrs. Everett’s second child is quite unwell also.1 Miss Bartlett is staying with them. Abby was a little dull. This is the first time in her life that she has had any care, and it is not surprising. But I see many things in her which make me love her the more.
1. Charlotte Brooks Everett (1825–1879). See Adams Genealogy.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0002-0028

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-02-28

Thursday. 28th.

Returned to town. Called upon Miss Gorham to tell her how I had by accident lost her Note. Read Blackstone at the Office. Nothing material occurred. Hutchinson in the afternoon, a walk and my usual avocations in the evening. A very quiet day. George received letters from Washington1 which betoken a better state of things.
1. Missing.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0002-0029

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-02-29

Friday 29th.

Morning occupied in reading as usual. Office, Blackstone. Received a letter from my Mother giving an account of the family affairs.1 They seem a little better. P. C. Brooks Jr. came in and asked me if I would go to Medford which I readily consented to do. We went out and dined so as to return before evening. Found them pretty well. On my return had a warm conversation with George which was painful but I hope will turn out for the better. Evening occupied as usual.
1. Missing.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0003-0001

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-03-01

Saturday March 1st.

Morning, writing to my Mother,1 and at the Office reading Blackstone. After dinner I went out to Medford. No news from Washington { 218 } or Baltimore. Found all the individuals as usual, and passed the evening quietly with them. Had some conversation with Abby until late.
1. Letter missing.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0003-0002

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-03-02

Sunday 2d.

Went to Meeting in the morning with Abby and Miss Bartlett. Heard Mr. Stetson as usual. In the afternoon a snow storm which afterwards changed to rain. I occupied myself by reading Cooper’s late Novel, the Red Rover, which possesses much interest—with the usual faults of the author.1 Mrs. Everett’s children are unwell and the family looks solitary. I felt in but middling spirits.
1. James Fenimore Cooper, The Red Rover, 2 vols., Phila., 1827–1828.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0003-0003

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-03-03

Monday 3rd.

Returned to town this morning. Received letters from home of a very pleasing description, giving an account of the Wedding and forwarding a piece of cake. My father in his, makes a very kind allusion to my own affairs.1 There was a letter for Abby2 which I inclosed to her but could not send. The day passed much as usual. In the evening attended the Moot Court and heard a case argued, after which returned home and was occupied reading.
1. Announcing the wedding of JA2 and Mary C. Hellen, JQA wrote CFA: “Wish them with me all possible happiness in this connection, and in due time be assured of prayers equally fervent for the prosperity of your own, in prospect, from your affectionate father” (JQA to CFA, 25 Feb. 1828, Adams Papers).
2. Missing.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0003-0004

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-03-04

Tuesday 4th.

Wrote to my father this morning, then went to the Office. Read Blackstone until my eyes ached. Afternoon, Hutchinson. George came in and there was an argument held in the Office for an hour which was not very interesting to me. After which I went by invitation to take tea at Dr. Welsh’s where Louisa Smith was whom I had not seen for a long time. At home late.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0003-0005

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-03-05

Wednesday 5th.

Morning occupied in reading the Greek philosophy. Then went to the Office and read Blackstone. Went to Medford to dinner. Nothing very remarkable happened. Miss Bartlett still here. Took a walk with her and Abby in the afternoon. Conversation in the evening. Read the account of the wedding and was much amused. They seem to have got through it very well.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0003-0006

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-03-06

Thursday 6th.

Returned to town but not to remain long. P. C. Brooks Jr. came into the Office and informed me that he had a letter from his father, telling him to prepare himself to come on and with an intimation that Abby would also be wanted. I thought that it would be as well to inform her of it and so went out again to Medford, just in time to dine. I have a disposition to leave here myself and pay a visit to our family if Abby should leave me and take away my only object for remaining. Had some conversation with her upon the subject.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0003-0007

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-03-07

Friday. 7th.

Returned to town this morning. At the Office. Conversation with George and reflection upon going to Washington. Made up my mind to go with Abby and her brother on Monday, in case they went. Afternoon occupied in copying a writ for Mr. Kinsman. Evening at Mrs. P. C. Brooks Jr. to see Abby. Mr. Brooks did not arrive until late and I went down to Mr. Frothingham’s to see about their arrangements. Mrs. Frothingham did not return with him and this will probably alter the plan as it regards Abby. But at present nothing is settled. Took supper at Mr. P.C.B. Jr. and returned at eleven.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0003-0008

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-03-08

Saturday 8th.

Wrote to my Mother.1 At the Office and then to Mrs. P. C. Brooks’ to see Abby. Settled that she is not to go on to Baltimore which will relieve me from the necessity of going myself. At one o’clock drove Abby to Medford. Weather chilly and unpleasant. Mr. Brooks seemed a little disposed to be dull about his son and well it might be. He talked much of his journey and showed that he had not gone on without gathering information. Sterne, I think, notices the difference in travellers in this respect and I was forcibly reminded of his words.2 Evening conversation with Abby.
1. Letter missing.
2. Perhaps CFA refers to Laurence Sterne’s remark in A Sentimental Journey: “I pity the man who can travel from Dan to Beersheba, and cry, ’tis all barren.”

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0003-0009

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-03-09

Sunday 9th.

Morning occupied in reading one of Miss Edgeworth’s Tales, Patronage.1 She displays great knowledge of human nature in her work but is a little prosy now and then withal. Went to Meeting this morning and heard Mr. Stetson deliver a tolerably good Sermon with an intolerable air. Occupied in reading much of the time in the after• { 220 } noon while the family remained at Meeting. In the evening Mr. Ward, a Medford gentleman, paid a visit and conversed much on many subjects, and among others, political ones.
1. CFA’s set of the Works of Maria Edgeworth, 13 vols., Boston, 1825, is in the Stone Library.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0003-0010

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-03-10

Monday 10th.

Returned to town this morning. No letters. Read Blackstone at the Office. The day passed quietly and without interruption. Afternoon copying a writ for Mr. Kinsman. Took a walk, attended Moot Court and after hearing a spirited argument, returned home. George came in and passed an hour in conversation, political and otherwise, so that I had but little time to do any thing.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0003-0011

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-03-11

Tuesday. 11th.

Received no letter from my Father this morning much to my surprise and wrote only a very short one in consequence. One from my Mother however in her usual melancholy style which makes the heart sick to think of it. She has lost all the elasticity of character which is necessary for the support of us in all situations, and I always look upon it with deep regret. Owing to a feeling of head ach I was unable to apply myself to any purpose during the day. But in the evening read Cicero and wrote Executive Record.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0003-0012

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-03-12

Wednesday. 12th.

Morning occupied in reading Philosophy. Then to the Office engaged in Blackstone pretty much all the morning. Made good progress. Went out of town with Mr. Brooks to Medford. Found the family all tolerably well. The accounts from Ward grow more and more decisive. He will not long survive. Abby seemed in less spirits than usual. Evening passed en famille.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0003-0013

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-03-13

Thursday. 13th.

Returned to town with Mr. Brooks. Conversation with him. Heard of the death of a friend of Abby, who was bride maid last year when she was married, Mrs. Chapin.1 A melancholy case. Morning at the Office. Blackstone. Two letters. One from my father informing me that one of mine was missing and one from Richardson at Washington.2 Afternoon, Hutchinson. Conversation with George. Evening at home, Cicero and Executive Record.
{ 221 }
1. Mrs. Charles Chapin, the former Elizabeth Bridge (Boston Daily Advertiser, 14 Mar. 1828).
2. The letter from Richardson is missing.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0003-0014

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-03-14

Friday. 14th.

Passed the morning in looking up a case for argument at the next meeting of the Moot Court besides reading a little Philosophy before breakfast. Afternoon, wrote a letter to Richardson1 and read Hutchinson. Took a long walk with Davis. The weather was rather chilly, after which returned home and finished the second book of Cicero de Officiis, besides accomplishing a considerable quantity of Executive Record.
1. Missing.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0003-0015

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-03-15

Saturday 15th.

Wrote to my Mother according to custom after which I went down to the Office and prepared a case for argument. Conversation with George. It stormed as violently as it has done during any day this winter. Rode to Medford with Mr. Brooks to dine. It was cold and unpleasant. Found the family much as usual. Occupied part of the time in reading Miss Edgeworth’s Novels, and part of it as usual.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0003-0016

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-03-16

Sunday. 16th.

Fine day but the ground covered with snow. Remained at home all day, read more of Miss Edgeworth but passed the larger part of my time in conversation with Abby. Ward still lingers. But the blow will not now be a severe one, so much time has been given for preparation. Talked with Mr. Brooks upon many subjects not material. So little variety in these days that although happy as they can be, yet they give little worth recording.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0003-0017

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-03-17

Monday. 17th.

Returned to town with Mr. Brooks. Found a letter from my Mother in not a bit better spirits than usual. I cannot comprehend what it is makes her so low. It affects mine considerably. Prepared my case for argument. Took a long walk and went to the Moot Court, acquitted myself better than I did last time and was only made aware of the necessity of further practice and exertion.1 Evening at home.
1. The case involved the question, “Whether a tenant at will is entitled to notice to quit,” and the judge decided against CFA’s argument (CFA, Law Miscellanies, M/CFA/17, Adams Papers, Microfilms, Reel No. 311).

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0003-0018

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-03-18

Tuesday. 18th.

Wrote to my father, then to the Office to read Blackstone. Spent a short time with George, found him in a captious humour, and left him. Occupied in the afternoon with Hutchinson. Took a walk and passed my evening in study. These are useful days and I am now in such a habit of arranging my time as to afford me excellent opportunities for progress.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0003-0019

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-03-19

Wednesday. 19th.

Morning, Greek Philosophy, then to the Office to read Blackstone. Called at Mr. Brooks’ Office and decided upon remaining in town until tomorrow. Passed the afternoon at the Office reading Hutchinson, took a walk and studied as usual at home in the evening. George came in and passed an hour in which we had much pleasant conversation.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0003-0020

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-03-20

Thursday. 20th.

Morning, Greek Philosophy, then to the Office. Letter from my Mother in better spirits although she speaks discouragingly about the election.1 Read Blackstone and went out with Mr. Brooks to Medford. He carried out with him two trees of a size to set out. They looked singularly and troubled him because he thought I was ashamed of them. I was rather amused than otherwise. The family all well. Abby pleasant. Quiet evening with them all.
1. LCA wrote: “the aspect of things in New York is very bad for us but if they run Peter B. Porter [for governor] there may be some chance” (LCA to CFA, 13 Mar. 1828, Adams Papers). The Adams men chose Judge Smith Thompson as their candidate; for the election results see entry for 12 Nov., and note, below.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0003-0021

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-03-21

Friday. 21st.

Returned to town with Abby and Mr. Brooks in his Carriage. Office. No letters, then to Mrs. Frothingham’s to see her upon her return home. They have difficulties as well as all others and I must say do wrong sometimes. The return of Mrs. F. rather diminishes my opinion of her character. I think her a good woman but not capable of that decided course of conduct which influences a really high souled female. I can easily account for her anxiety to return but it looks like selfishness, to give way to it. At the Office as usual all day, finished Hutchinson and evening, Cicero and Record.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0003-0022

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-03-22

Saturday. 22nd.

Morning, wrote to my Mother as usual, attempted to be amusing but I fear without much success. Office, reading Blackstone. Went to Medford with Mr. Brooks, the family all as usual, nothing remarkable. I talked with Abby and read Belinda by Miss Edgeworth. Had a good deal of conversation with Mr. B. upon the subject of grounds and agriculture in general.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0003-0023

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-03-23

Sunday 23rd.

Morning at home, conversed with Abby, little or nothing material. After dinner I went to Church with Mr. Brooks, and heard young Emerson1 deliver a good flowing discourse. He has much of the manner of the family but rather softened. On our return I perceived a Chaise at the house which immediately disclosed what from a letter yesterday had been anticipated. I had thought however that he might still continue, the symptoms of dissolution being generally gradual in that complaint, at least until tomorrow when I should not have been here. Edward Brooks and Mrs. Frothingham came out with the information that Ward C. Brooks had died on Wednesday at a little after one o’clock. Scarcely had I heard it as from motives of delicacy I had remained out of the way as long as possible, when it was announced that Mrs. Brooks had herself arrived. This was astonishing to all. For myself I never recollect being in a situation more vehemently painful to me, being a third person and evidently a burden without the possibility of removing myself. Mrs. Brooks behaved admirably and surpassed my expectations amazingly, but the traces of feeling were strongly visible and only made me feel aware how much I was now an intruder. I have seldom been more strongly affected. Conversed with Abby part of the evening and retired early.
1. Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882).

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0003-0024

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-03-24

Monday 24th.

Returned to Boston in the Carriage with Abby. The weather was very stormy. I felt amazingly relieved in getting back to Boston as I no longer felt myself such a dead weight. But my sympathy had been so strongly excited as to make me feel very gloomy all day. I could not help thinking that it was only a year since I saw him at Baltimore in full health and spirits and now he is a corpse under the effect of a disease which may come upon us all. Received a letter from my father and occupied myself all day in my usual avocations. Evening quietly at home reading Cicero and writing Record.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-03-25

Tuesday. 25th.

Wrote to my father this morning and went to the Office, passed the morning in reading Blackstone. Commenced Edwards’ History of the West Indies in the afternoon. The day was fine and my spirits tolerably good. Took a walk in the evening and fancied myself sick which I always do when I have not occupation sufficiently engrossing. I thought much of consumption. Evening at home, occupied as usual.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-03-26

Wednesday. 26th.

Greek Philosophy in the morning. Then at the Office reading Blackstone. Wrote a Note to Abby,1 as it is decided that I shall not see Medford this week. Hitherto it has not been dull to me. But my spirits are very variable. Conversation with George. He seems always getting into trouble. Had he been what he ought, my labour would have been saved, and my feelings quieted. Afternoon, Edwards’ History. My usual walk, part of the way with Mr. Charles Paine, a student at law.2 Evening at home, reading Cicero, George came in and sat a few minutes, conversation of little or no moment. We mutually avoid unpleasant subjects. Executive Record kept me later than usual. Spirits were tolerable.
1. Missing.
2. Charles Cushing Paine, Harvard 1827, who later practiced law in Boston.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-03-27

Thursday. 27th.

Reading as usual. Then at the Office reading Blackstone. Nothing remarkable occurred. My life is quite monotonous again, but I never was gaining knowledge so rapidly. My mind has sensibly developed since my coming to Boston and the solidity which I obtain is manifest to myself. Afternoon, Edwards. Instead of a walk conversed with George when as usual we fell into an argument. Evening at home. Cicero and Executive Record.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-03-28

Friday. 28th.

Finished the Pythagorean Philosophy this morning. Office, Blackstone. The day was remarkably beautiful. Passed the day in my regular occupations and neither heard nor saw any thing notable. Walk with T. Davis in the evening and general conversation. Evening, Cicero and Record.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-03-29

Saturday. 29th.

Wrote a letter to my Mother this morning.1 At the Office. Black• { 225 } stone. George received letters from both my Parents expecting him at Washington.2 He will probably go this week ensuing. My mother is also anxious to have me go, but I have a great indifference to it, and independently of that I don’t think I can leave Abby. Took a warm bath this morning for the first time this winter. After dinner, read as usual, took a walk with E. H. Derby3 and passed the evening in my usual avocations having thus finished decidedly the most industrious week of my residence in Boston.
1. Missing.
2. Missing.
3. Elias Hasket Derby (1803–1880), Harvard 1824, who had also studied law in Webster’s office, was admitted to the Suffolk county bar in 1827 (DAB).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-03-30

Sunday. 30th.

Reading Plato this morning. Started at 9 o’clock for Medford. All the individuals of the Brooks family were there and attended Church to hear prayers on account of the death of Ward. The minister who officiated was not lucky in his performances, they being prosy and spiritless. I went again in the afternoon. They returned early to Boston. Conversation with Abby and moments of happiness.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-03-31

Monday. 31st.

As Chardon Brooks drove my Gig home last Evening, I returned to town with Mr. Brooks. The weather was rainy and dull. Found a letter from my Mother evidently calculating upon my going there and felt regret that I should be obliged to disappoint her. But upon the most mature reflection I think it decidedly my duty not to go, and my inclination does not vary much from it. The fact is that I am a little tired with the tumult of a Washington life. But I do not remember that I ever had a stronger paroxysm of melancholy than today. It went much further than usual, and I did not recover it until I went to bed. My duties were performed much as usual. Moot Court in the evening and Executive Record without Cicero.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-04-01

Tuesday. April 1st.

Wrote a letter to my Father this morning, but received none from him, which a little surprises me, as I expected my quarterly allowance which I am fearful is delayed by their supposing I shall go on. Morning, Blackstone, examining the nature of real actions, a puzzling Chapter. Afternoon, Edwards and conversation with Davis. Felt dull and unwilling to labour but wrote Executive Record in the evening.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-04-02

Wednesday. April 2nd.

Reading Plato in the morning, then Blackstone at the Office. No letters from home. Nothing remarkable occurred during the day which I passed in my usual avocations. But omitted them in the evening. I cannot account for the remarkable feeling which has this week possessed me. An unaccountable apathy and dullness have come over me and my usual labours give me no gratification. This has not been experienced before since my arrival here. It is attended with an excessive propensity to sleep which strikes me as being unnatural. But I am among other things strongly liable to fits of hypochondria and so I don’t remark symptoms. But I could not sit up beyond ten o’clock.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0004-0003

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-04-03

Thursday. April 3rd.

Morning reading Plato. Rode to Medford. Weather cold and harsh. Fast day by the proclamation of the Governor. Conversation with Abby. In the afternoon walked up the canal until I reached the locks and the new Aqueduct.1 The scenery is exceedingly pretty all the way up and the spots for situations beautiful. I have seldom enjoyed a walk more nor did I return till sometime after the family had returned from Meeting. Edward Brooks and his wife were out here. He is very much excited about the resignation of Dr. Kirkland which has created much noise everywhere. It seems that Mr. Bowditch insulted him grossly at the Corporation board.2 I certainly think it a shameful business. But some men have no delicacy. Evening with Abby.
1. P. C. Brooks built a stone bridge to span the Middlesex Canal, connecting the Merrimac and Mystic rivers, as it ran through Medford (Brooks, Medford, p. 400).
2. Nathaniel Bowditch (1773–1838), the famous astronomer and mathematician, elected to the Corporation of Harvard College in 1826, forced a financial retrenchment which undermined President Kirkland’s authority, already weakened by the student disorders of 1823. A violent tirade by Bowditch against the President on a point of student discipline caused Kirkland suddenly to submit his resignation on 2 April 1828 (DAB, under John Thornton Kirkland).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-04-04

Friday. April 4th.

Returned to town this morning. Forgot to notice the receipt of a letter from my father yesterday. George puts off his Journey until Monday. Morning, Blackstone. Afternoon, Edwards. My spirits still under the same load of depression. In the evening, had a fit of sleep which disabled me from any active occupation. Read a little of Cicero.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-04-05

Saturday. April 5th.

Wrote to my Mother1 this morning. Then to the Office. Some pages { 227 } of Blackstone. Received another letter from my father this morning. Weather, cold with snow clouds. After dinner rode out to Quincy with George. It is now six months or more since I was last here. Found my Uncle’s family all very well. Employed in planting some Spanish Chesnuts belonging to my Father. We put down between forty and fifty of them, also some Cork oak Acorns, common oak acorns and two cherries. In George’s absence the care of them devolves upon me. Mr. Price Greenleaf will be a great assistance to us. Took tea and returned to town in a heavy shower of rain. Evening at home.
1. Letter missing.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0004-0006

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-04-06

Sunday. 6th.

Read a little Philosophy before going out to Medford. Rode out after breakfast. Weather cold and raw. Found Abby was not well. Did not go to Meeting during the day, but remained at home consulting books upon agriculture and the planting of trees. But little however can be learned from the mere theory. Practice must do the rest. Afternoon with Abby. Evening, Dr. Swann, the family physician came in. And consequently I sat but a short time with Abby.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0004-0007

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-04-07

Monday 7th.

Returned to town bringing Abby in my Gig with me. Morning cold and unpleasant. George had not gone. Election day. Conversation with him and Ward about his being a Candidate for the Common Council. Office, Blackstone. Afternoon, Edwards. One hour with Abby at Mrs. Frothingham’s. Julia Gorham and Anne Carter. Evening, Moot Court. Spirits rather dull. George was elected.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0004-0008

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-04-08

Tuesday 8th.

Wrote to my father as usual. George positively departed this morning and I took possession of his Office. But my morning was not fully occupied usefully as much of it was cut up. The elections all turned out very well yesterday. Blackstone. Afternoon, Edwards. And read a part of Hoffman’s Legal Study.1 The luckiness of my situation affects my spirits. Evening at home, Cicero and political economy.
1. David Hoffman, A Course of Legal Study, Baltimore, 1817.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-04-09

Wednesday. 9th.

Did not rise until late this morning and did not pay so much attention to philosophy as usual. Morning at the Office. I propose to obtain { 228 } some knowledge of the law of real actions and am therefore embracing a considerable field. Read some Chapters of Reeves much of which had escaped my memory. Went to Medford with Mr. Brooks. Family much as usual. Passed the day in conversation with Abby, and in reflection. Evening also without any thing remarkable.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0004-0010

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-04-10

Thursday. 10th.

Returned to town with Mr. Brooks. Office, morning occupied in reading Reeves. Felt melancholy again creeping upon me and spent a doleful afternoon. The peculiar circumstances of my situation, the painful thoughts which come across me entirely unfit me for solitary study, as this nourishes and increases them. I must consequently, since society is at present out of my power, resort to lighter and more easy reading to interest my mind. So after a walk with E. H. Derby and finishing Cicero de Officiis, I amused myself with the first volume of Cyril Thornton.1
1. Thomas Hamilton, The Youth and Manhood of Cyril Thornton, 3 vols., Edinburgh, 1827.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-04-11

Friday. 11th.

Morning occupied in reading. At the Office, Reeves. Mr. Curtis called in to know whether any thing had been done by my father concerning the Boylston property.1 Nothing that I know of. Afternoon went to an Auction in hopes to get a set of Burke but it went very dear. At the Office reading Edwards’ West Indies. Walk with E. H. Derby round by South Boston Bridge returning by the new bridge. Evening at home reading Cyril Thornton. Spirits still very low.
1. In his will Ward N. Boylston had bequeathed to JQA 400 acres of farm land in Weston, appraised at $5,366 (Bemis, JQA, 2:100).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-04-12

Saturday. 12th.

Did not rise until quite late. Time hangs heavy upon my hands and the elasticity of my mind is temporarily destroyed. At the Office, wrote a letter to my Mother and received two from George at New York.1 He will have reached Washington this afternoon. To day is his birth day and commences his twenty eighth year. Time begins to set heavily on him but he listens not enough to it’s admonitions. Abby is in town at Mrs. P. C. Brooks’ who is ill. I consequently remain in Boston but did not go to see her as I expected she would send to tell me when she could see me. But she did not and I passed the afternoon and evening { 229 } much as usual. Finished Cyril Thornton. My spirits still excessively depressed but more quiet and calm than they have been.
1. All these letters are missing.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-04-13

Sunday. 13th.

Morning quietly at home reading the Chronicles of the Canongate.1 Went to George’s room to look after some papers according to his request and then went to P. C. Brooks’ Jnr. to dine according to invitation. Found Abby quite well and talked with her all the afternoon. Went again in the evening. My spirits having been so low, I found myself foolishly alive to my feelings. And returned home half pleased, half melancholy.
1. Sir Walter Scott, The Chronicles of the Canongate, 2 vols., Edinburgh, 1827.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-04-14

Monday. 14th.

Received letters from my father as well as my mother.1 The latter in a very dispirited strain, as usual. My not coming on has affected her very much indeed. It now remains to be seen how far George’s visit may be a pleasant one. Called to see Abby and did very little in the way of law. Afternoon at the Office, finished Hoffman’s Legal Study, a good book but not sufficiently practical. Evening at P. C. Brooks Jr. with Abby.
1. LCA’s letter is missing.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-04-15

Tuesday 15th.

I have caught a severe cold and feel unable consequently to get up directly. Wrote a letter to my father which kept me busy until eleven o’clock when I started off in a waggon to Genl. Dearborn’s after some trees which he had given to my father. The dust was dreadful. Having obtained the trees, I rode with a man I got in Boston to Quincy and arrived to dine, after which I was busy setting out the trees. With the advice of Mr. Price Greenleaf I took the lower part of the ground which had been set apart for a nursery and put there in one row forty English Oaks, and in three more, fifty three Elms of the third years growth. I also planted eight Elms and eight buttonwood or plane trees in the inclosure next to the house called the clothes yard, and sowed some shellbarks and pacane nuts as an experiment. A good day’s work. Took tea and returned but severely burnt. An unpleasant ride. Evening with Abby at Chardon Brooks’.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-04-16

Wednesday. 16th.

Arose late and found myself suffering with stiffness in consequence of my yesterday’s labour. Went to the Office but did nothing with spirit. Read a little of Stearns and then went up and dined with Chardon Brooks with whom I spent an hour after dinner. Then to the Office. Read a portion of Lady Morgan’s Italy.1 Evening at Edward Brooks’ for the first time. Quiet evening and supper.
1. Lady Sydney Morgan, Italy, 2 vols., London, 1821.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-04-17

Thursday. 17th.

Arose late and feeling the effects of a violent cold throughout my whole system. Went to the Office, read Stearns as usual. Nothing peculiar occurred. Afternoon again at the Office upon Lady Morgan’s Italy which I find to be very dull. Walked down upon the alarm of fire to the spot which was the Court House in Leverett Street. Evening at P. C. Brooks Jr. Abby was not in good spirits and in one of those fits of depression which momentarily affect her very much. I succeeded in getting her out of it before we parted.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-04-18

Friday. 18th.

My cold a little better although attended with a tremendous oppression of my lungs. I do not know whether to be alarmed about it or not. If the weather was not likely to bring it a cure I certainly would consult a physician. Morning at the Office. Stearns. Afternoon, Lady Morgan. Went to see this new Ship which is going to Liverpool as a Packet. She is just built and called the Boston. The inside of the Cabin is lined with Mahogany and very pretty. But on the whole I felt but little tempted to go by all the beauties which are so advantageously displayed at a wharf. Evening at Chardon Brooks’ to see Abby.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-04-19

Saturday. 19th.

Up late. Morning at the Office. Wrote to my Mother,1 but not in a very connected manner. Read a little law. Afternoon at the Office reading Lady Morgan which I find rather a sleepy account of Italy. The word carries more of fascination in it than any of her comments. Evening at Chardon Brooks, to see Abby.
1. Letter missing.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-04-20

Sunday. 20th.

Morning chilly with hail and snow. At home reading The Guards, { 231 } a stupid novel.1 Dined at Chardon Brooks’. Nothing peculiar in our conversation. Abby not quite well. Returned home and read sometime, after which I passed the rest of the evening with Abby. It rained violently on my return.
1. Anon., The Guards: A Novel, 3 vols., London, 1827.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-04-21

Monday. 21st.

Morning, bad weather. Office. No letters but news from Washington that John had got involved in a bad scrape with that hectoring bully Russel Jarvis.1 The newspapers are full of it. I regret it very much indeed on John’s account. What will be the end of it, I don’t know. Every body talks of it and the general feeling seems to be in John’s favour. Evening with Abby at Chardon Brooks’.
1. Resentful of the slanderous attacks which Russell Jarvis had published in the Daily Telegraph, reviving the canard that JQA as minister to Russia had “pimped” the person of Martha Godfrey, the Adams nursemaid, to the lust of Alexander I, JA2 was indignant when the newspaperman appeared at a White House reception and announced publicly to visiting Massachusetts minister Caleb Stetson “that if Jarvis had the feelings of a gentleman he would not show himself here.” Shortly thereafter, when JA2, in his capacity as secretary to the President, was carrying messages to Congress, Jarvis assaulted him in the rotunda of the Capitol, “pulling his nose, and slapping one side of his face.” See JQA, Memoirs, 7:508; Report on the Assault by Russell Jarvis, House Report No. 260, 20 Cong., 1 sess. (16 May 1828); LCA “To my Children,” 1 May 1828, Adams Papers; Samuel F. Bemis, “The Scuffle in the Rotunda,” MHS, Procs., 71 (1953–1957): 156–166.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-04-22

Tuesday. 22nd.

Morning at the Office. Four letters from home but not one of them giving the particulars of the case, which is very galling. George proses away in a letter which was written some time before.1 My mother seems to have been much affected but thinks some good may come of it in re-uniting the family. My father’s letter is short and written evidently in considerable agitation. I wrote a reply to him which took up the morning. Afternoon reading Mr. Thomas Dibdin’s Memoirs2 by way of relaxation. Evening at Chardon Brooks’ to see Abby.
1. GWA’s letter is missing.
2. The Reminiscences of Thomas Dibdin, of the Theatres Royal, Covent-Garden ..., N.Y., 1828.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-04-23

Wednesday. 23rd.

Morning at the Office. Purchased a gold pencil case intended as a present to Abby on her birth day which comes on Friday. Afternoon reading Dibdin. Evening at Mrs. Frothingham’s where the individuals { 232 } of the Brooks family were congregated. Edward and his wife, Abby and Mrs. F. with her husband and myself. They meet in this way every week. And in their quiet circle the thundering of the political world does not excite the slightest attention. Is it not better to be so? My disgust to politics seems to be growing. Returned with Abby to Chardon Brooks and from thence home.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-04-24

Thursday. 24th.

Morning at the Office. No letters. Wrote one to George1 in rather bad humour for keeping me in the dark about this affair at Washington. Then went to Chesnut Street to see Abby, calling on the road upon Mrs. Hall2 to apologise for not having noticed her Note of invitation for some evenings since, which I delighted in escaping at the time as I knew what she wished me for. I was this morning loaded with questions about this affair which I avoided answering as much as possible. Abby left town and her friends Julia Gorham and Anne Carter sent me off before she went. I called upon Harriet Welsh and left my Card. The occasion of it was similar to that of Mrs. Hall. And I was glad to escape the same Catechism. Afternoon, Dibdin and in the evening at home reading a new Novel, as I am still unequal to hard labour.
1. Missing.
2. Presumably Mrs. Elizabeth (Smith) Hall, daughter of Isaac Smith (1719–1787) and a cousin of AA. See Adams Genealogy.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-04-25

Friday 25th.

Morning at the Office. No news. Occupied in looking up the law upon a case which I am to argue on Monday evening at the Moot Court. I could not send my pencil case to Abby as Mr. Brooks did not come to Boston. This was quite a disappointment. Nothing material occurred. Afternoon occupied in reading Dibdin and a walk with Mr. Derby. I went to Dr. Welsh’s in the evening in obedience to a request from Harriet that I should.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-04-26

Saturday. 26th.

Wrote a letter to my Mother this morning,1 in a deep fit of the blues. My temper is variable in the extreme. Received one from her after breakfast which is rather better than usual. John’s affair is still going on. The day was rainy and disagreeable. I went out of town with Mr. Brooks to Medford where I have not before been for some time. Found { 233 } Abby well but the children all sick, and Mrs. Everett consequently in low spirits. Passed the evening in conversation with Abby.
1. Missing.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-04-27

Sunday. 27th.

At home all day. Abby went to Meeting in the morning. My mind was running a good deal upon the conversation which we had upon the prospects of our marriage. Abby intimated that her father was opposed to any consideration of it for some time to come. I told her that in that case I could not consent to remain in Boston and live such a dull life as I do, deprived of every comfort for another winter. The idea of postponing this when brought up by others depresses me terribly and my mind was running upon it much of the time during the day. Perhaps if there was no opposition I might move to delay it myself, perhaps it may never happen at all. My fancies on this subject are thick coming. And it is useless to entertain them. Time will disclose all things and my trust is in heaven. In the evening Dr. Swan and Mr. Angier came in.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-04-28

Monday 28th.

Returned to town with Mr. Brooks. The weather has changed at last, and become milder. Received a letter from my father of a most agreeable kind. It seems such an exposition of his feelings under the recent severe attack upon them. Indeed his letters to me during the past year are examples of the peculiar character of his mind which will show hereafter. Prepared the remainder of my case. Afternoon, finished Dibdin, a book on the whole rather flimsy and dull. Evening, argued my case against Chapman. I happened to have the right side and therefore had little to do. In the evening, remained at home and read a novel.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-04-29

Tuesday. 29th.

Wrote a letter to my father as usual. No news from George yet. Took a little medicine this morning. I do not know whether I need it or not but I am a little hypochondriac and do it to raise my spirits. Finished the subject of real actions. Afternoon, at my room. Copied some Executive Record. Commenced Novanglus and Massachuttisensis1 and in the evening Voltaire’s Louis 14th. On the whole better content with myself than usual.
1. Two copies of Novanglus, and Massachusettensis; or, Political Essays, Published in the Years 1774 and 1775, on the Principal Points of Controversy, { 234 } between Great Britain and Her Colonies, Boston, 1819, are in the Stone Library. The work contained a preface by JA, the author of the “Novanglus” papers, written in reply to Daniel Leonard’s “Massachusettensis” papers, 1774–1775. See JA, Diary and Autobiography, 2:161. CFA was reading the work at the suggestion of his father, who thought it would help counter the Tory bias of Thomas Hutchinson’s History (JQA to CFA, 7 April 1828, Adams Papers).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-04-30

Wednesday. 30th.

Morning at the Office. Read Blackstone attentively this morning. Nothing from home. Went to Medford with Mr. Brooks today. The weather was fine and bids fair to open the season. Found Mr. and Mrs. Frothingham at Medford, and had a tolerably pleasant dinner. Abby was suffering from a bad cold. The day passed with little or nothing to render it remarkable.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-05-01

Thursday. May 1st.

Returned to town with Mr. Brooks. We rode round through Cambridge to see the condition of some Farms there. The day was fine and my ride pleasant. Received a letter from my Mother announcing George’s return. It is in rather better spirits. Read Blackstone. Afternoon at my room copying Executive Record and reading. Then took a walk and read in the evening.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-05-02

Friday. May 2nd.

Morning at the Office reading Blackstone. By application during the two days past I have progressed amazingly. Afternoon at my room copying Executive Record and reading. Took a walk over the Western Avenue and in the evening read part of Voltaire’s Louis 14th and finished the biographical sketch of Wolsey published by the English Society.1 On the whole my spirits have very considerably improved since the adoption of my new plan.
1. The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (London) was issuing in its Library of Useful Knowledge a series of brief biographies, including sketches of Cardinal Wolsey, by Katherine Thomson; Christopher Wren, by Charles Henry Bellenden Ker; Edward Coke, by Edward Plunkett Burke; William Caxton, by W. Stevenson; and Mohamet, by John Arthur Roebuck. These were later collected and published as Lives of Eminent Persons, London, 1833.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-05-03

Saturday. May 3rd.

Morning at the Office. Wrote a letter to my Mother1 which occupied me until one o’clock. Went to Medford with Mr. Brooks. Found Abby sick and complaining. And strange to say, found myself extremely unwell in the course of the afternoon. Conversation with Abby. Passed { 235 } a very restless and disturbed night owing to a violent relaxation of my system.
1. Missing.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-05-04

Sunday. May 4th.

Quite unwell this beautiful morning. The first true spring day we have had. I took a walk and gradually became better although I believe I am more weak than I had any idea of. Little occurred of interest. In the afternoon Chardon Brooks and Henry Dalton, a cousin of his,1 came and took tea. The family seemed to be quite unwell, all of them.
1. Henry Dalton, of the Baltimore firm of Dalton & Brooks, married Mary Ann Russell (Columbian Centinel, 12 May 1827).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-05-05

Monday May 5th.

Returned to Boston with Mr. Brooks. The weather still very fine. George had not returned. Read Blackstone. Afternoon at my room upon Executive Record which I propose to be in earnest about this Summer. I find my own room very pleasant and have suffered less from melancholy since I have occupied it more. Novanglus and Massachusettensis. Took a walk to South Boston. And attended the Moot Court but there was no meeting. Evening at my room.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-05-06

Tuesday May 6th.

Called at Dr. Welsh’s agreeably to request and conversed some time with Miss Harriet. Then to the Office where I wrote a letter to my father although none had been received from him this week. One came from my Mother this morning full of John’s affair. This filled up the time usually devoted to law. In the afternoon I copied Ex. Record as usual and read some numbers of Novanglus and Masstts. Then a walk and evening, Voltaire’s Louis 14th.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-05-07

Wednesday. 7th.

Morning at the Office, Blackstone. George not returned although I received today a letter from my father mentioning his having started on Thursday last. Went to Medford with Mr. Brooks. Sat with Abby almost all day. Mr. and Mrs. Hall were there and disturbed us a little. It was one of my happy days. My spirits suffer under an extraordinary pressure and I cannot tell when it will be removed. But I enjoy many moments of extreme happiness notwithstanding and some of them today.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-05-08

Thursday. May 8th.

Returned to town in Mr. Brooks’ Carriage with Mrs. Brooks, Mrs. Everett and Abby. The morning was very beautiful. Found George had returned and had a good deal of conversation with him about affairs at Washington. He thinks political prospects looking up. I have not much hope. He says my father is very thin and pale, which I am sorry to hear. The rest of the family are well. Read a little of Blackstone. Afternoon at my room copying Executive Record and reading Novanglus. Evening, George called and we had further conversation.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-05-09

Friday 9th.

Morning, Office, reading Blackstone. Afternoon, occupied myself as usual but found a great deal of trouble from a head ache. I attempted to walk it off, but it increased until it rendered every thing like occupation impossible. I then put my feet in hot water and went to bed.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-05-10

Saturday 10th.

My head was but little better although not so violent and convinced me that I wanted medicine. Office in the morning but felt quite unable to remain there. Chardon Brooks came with an invitation from his father to me to go and dine there with a party, which I was compelled to decline on prudent considerations. I took some medicine and remained at my room. My day was rather dismal as I felt incapacitated from pursuing any, even the lightest employment, so I laid on the bed, until early in the evening when I went to bed for the night.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-05-11

Sunday 11th.

Morning, somewhat better, but felt still a little feverish. This did not prevent my going to Medford this morning although far from absolutely sure whether it was the better course. My head ached at intervals although before evening the pain left my eyes where it had somewhat troubled me. But my throat and gums were in a proportionately inflamed condition.1 It is evident that I could not feel in a perfectly agreeable condition or in a suitable one as a lover, and so I wished myself away very sincerely. Had I stayed away however, I should have worried Mrs. Brooks and Abby much more. As it was, the latter nursed me kindly. Henry Dalton came out here but I did not see him.
1. CFA wrote his mother that he had “what the physicians call canker—a thing { 237 } which I never had before, which came out upon my lips and tongue in great abundance and corrupted all the flesh in the interior of my mouth” (CFA to LCA, 31 May 1828 , Adams Papers).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-05-12

Monday 12th.

Returned to town. Office, found letters from both my parents. That from my Mother in better tone than usual. Her spirits seem to have gained a little elasticity. My own far otherwise. Morning, Blackstone at the Office. Went again in the afternoon for the sake of the fire, read some of Bolingbroke. The idea of a Patriot King. My mouth troubles me very much. At home all the evening.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-05-13

Tuesday 13th.

Found myself so uncomfortable this morning although not by any means worse, that after a call and some conversation with George and Harriett Welsh, I went down to Dr. John Ware’s to consult him upon the subject.1 I did not find him until after three o’clock when he proceeded to give me some medicine which I took immediately and established myself in my room quietly for the time. George came in and we conversed in the evening.
1. Dr. John Ware lived at 22 Howard Street (Boston Directory, 1829–1830).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-05-14

Wednesday 14th.

At home at my room all day. The weather, having set in for a storm, gave me little or no temptation to go out. I therefore travelled through an amazing variety of Novels and Tales obtained from a Circulating Library in the Neighbourhood. Abby was in town but only for a few minutes, as it rained so violently. I could not see her. My mouth slowly improving although I can scarcely perceive it. The gargle prescribed is horrible. Evening, George came and amused me with pleasant conversation.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-05-15

Thursday 15th.

Morning, find myself about the same. Weather very rainy and gives me no temptation to go out. I was so dissatisfied with my progress however that I sent for Dr. Ware who gave me further advice. The day was passed in reading and sleeping, the latter seemed to take me very much. In the evening George called and passed an hour with me.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-05-16

Friday 16th.

Morning, gradually recovering, but very slowly. Weather still con• { 238 } tinues rainy and damp so that I did not venture out. Amused myself in reading Gaieties and Gravities1 and many other books, but felt rather dull on the whole at continuing in the house so long. In the afternoon amused myself in writing to my Mother.2 George came in both in the afternoon and evening but staid only a few moments each time. Went to bed early.
1. Horatio Smith, Gaieties and Gravities, 3 vols., London, 1825.
2. Letter missing.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-05-17

Saturday. 17th.

Morning, finished my letter to my Mother and a Note to Abby.1 Received agreeable ones from my father as well as my Mother, which with the weather put me in quite tolerable spirits. I went to the Office but did not study. Called at Mr. Brooks room and found that Abby was in town at Mrs. Frothingham’s where I went down to see her. She had come in yesterday morning. Stopped only a moment and wasted the remainder of the morning at George’s Office. Afternoon at Mrs. Frothingham’s and did not return until ten.
1. Missing.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-05-18

Sunday. 18th.

Morning passed at home, rain again and bad weather. Occupied myself in reading Voltaire’s Louis 14th. George called in for a few moments only. Afternoon, Genl. Boyd called and spent a few minutes, with a glass of Curacoa for me. Began to feel dull at being alone and decided upon risking myself out so I went to Mrs. Frothingham’s and spent the evening pleasantly in conversation. Returned in a heavy rain but well defended.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-05-19

Monday. 19th.

Morning at the Office. Blackstone. Weather still unpleasant and rainy. And the town perfectly dull. I have seldom known a time when there was so very little to interest me. Went to Mrs. Frothingham’s in the afternoon and talked with Abby. Remained all the evening and had some conversation concerning Mr. Everett. My opinions of his character are completely formed.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-05-20

Tuesday 20th.

The weather still continues the same and could almost impress us with the belief that the sun never will be seen again. Morning at the { 239 } Office. Wrote a letter to my father, not long as I have gathered but little subject during the week. Blackstone. Conversation with George concerning a certain letter from John.1 In the afternoon took a walk and passed the remainder at Mrs. Frothingham’s with Abby.
1. Missing.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-05-21

Wednesday 21st.

Weather much the same. Morning at the Office. Blackstone. Nothing new. Afternoon at Mrs. Frothingham’s to see Abby. Conversation, then went with her to Mrs. Gorham’s where I left her to go to George’s Office. Had much serious conversation with him upon certain subjects. Returned in a heavy rain to Dr. Gorham’s and went to Mrs. F.’s with Abby in a Carriage. Found Mr. Frothingham had returned from New York. George came in to see Abby and we sat until ten o’clock when we returned home in rain.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-05-22

Thursday. 22nd.

Rain still continued with the simple variation of being harder than ever. Morning at the Office reading Blackstone. Afternoon, went to Mrs. Frothingham’s at the hazard of being drenched and saw Abby. She is tired of remaining in town during this dull weather. As I thought it would be disarranging the comforts of Mr. and Mrs. F., I left her before tea not to return for the day. Stopped at George’s Office for a few moments and then went to my room, but it seemed cold and cheerless, so that I did not sit up longer than to look over a Review of the Life of Napoleon and a little of Voltaire’s Louis 14th.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-05-23

Friday. 23rd.

Morning very fine, after the succession of bad weather, it comes most refreshingly. Went to the Office and read Blackstone. A melancholy way of passing a fine morning in the dark walls of an Office. Went to Mrs. Frothingham’s to see Abby who returned to Medford this morning. In the afternoon I resumed my Executive Record, which had been discontinued since my sickness and finished the papers of Novanglus and Massachusettensis. Then took a walk and found it exceedingly warm, after which in the evening I commenced Cicero’s Oration for Quintius.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-05-24

Saturday. 24th.

Morning fine. Office, letter from my father. Conversation with George. Went to the Gallery of Paintings,1 with him. Met my old { 240 } classmate William Dwight and was much pleased to see him. He has altered very little indeed. Having promised to go out of town with Mr. Brooks, I was obliged to leave him, although the scene and the meeting had raised my spirits considerably. The day was warm and I had a pleasant ride to Medford. I had determined not to go until tomorrow, and had it not been for the urgency manifested by Mr. B., should have kept my resolution. I found Mrs. Chardon Brooks there for her health. Mrs. Everett returned to her own house and Dr. Thayer, the Minister of Lancaster in this State,2 with his wife, on a visit to spend Sunday. The day passed quietly and none has been attended with more pleasure, of late.
1. Since 1826 the Boston Athenaeum had set aside a room for exhibiting paintings and its collection of casts from the antique (Winsor, Memorial History of Boston, 4:392).
2. Nathaniel Thayer, Harvard 1789, had been a tutor in 1792–1793.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-05-25

Sunday 25th.

The weather was beautiful and the country looked irrigated and refreshed. I walked to Meeting with Chardon in the morning and we heard Dr. Thayer. He is a good man but not much of a preacher. I went again in the afternoon in the Carriage. Mrs. Thayer is a good woman and no more. Our females in this part of the Country seldom preserve any interest until late in life. It goes with the externals and mind is then discovered to have been wanting. Mr. W. Ward and a son of Dr. Thayer’s called in the evening. The former is very political, if I can so use the term, and I conversed much with him. I do not like young Thayer and so had little to say to him. Evening with Abby and on the whole had about as happy a day as I have ever had since my engagement, I might say, during my recollection.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-05-26

Monday 26th.

Returned to town with Mr. Brooks, taking leave of Dr. Thayer and wife. Office, found a letter from my Mother in tolerably good spirits, conversed with George some time and then went with Davis to the gallery of paintings, calling upon Dwight on the road. He was not at home but we met him at the gallery. Lounged away an hour there, and the result was that I did but little during the day. Afternoon, Executive Record, and papers of Novanglus. Went to the Office to get a companion for a walk and instead fell into conversation with Davis which did not cease until ten o’clock in the evening when I returned home.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-05-27

Tuesday. 27th.

Weather cloudy and disagreeable. Morning at the Office. Letter to my father. Blackstone. George. Afternoon, Dwight and Chapman at my room. The former is exactly what he was, and strikes me as having altered less than any man in the number of our class whom I have seen. We had a tolerably pleasant conversation until five o’clock when he was obliged to go. Davis came in and sat with me until evening. We drank some Champagne and on the whole did very well. I then took a walk and in the evening read part of Cicero’s Oration for Quintius.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-05-28

Wednesday. 28th.

Morning at the Office, but found it impossible to read. The motion that is going on around one and the idea that you are alone while all about you are gone to amuse themselves renders attention to a book difficult. This is commonly called Election day for it is the day upon which the old political year ceases and the government for the new one is constituted. This is done by the meeting of the Legislature, an address or rather Sermon after the old style, &ca., all which to those who are mere lookers on in Venice, is excessively tedious.1 I stood on my feet much of the morning conversing with many young men, but was glad to return home to dinner. Afternoon, Executive Record, a short walk, being already much fatigued, and evening, Cicero.
1. The General Court assembled at 10 o’clock, and, after the Senate chose Sherman Leland President and the House elected William B. Calhoun Speaker, both bodies proceeded to the Old South Church for the traditional election day sermon by the Rev. James Walker (Columbian Centinel, 31 May 1828).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-05-29

Thursday 29th.

Morning at the Office, Blackstone. Conversation with George. Went to the Gallery of Paintings and lounged away an hour in examining them. It is rather a pleasant way of passing time, and I was a little dull, owing perhaps a little to the fact that I do not hear from Abby. After dinner, occupied myself in copying Executive Record, finished Voltaire’s Age of Louis 14th, took a walk and in the evening, read part of Cicero’s Oration for Quintius.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-05-30

Friday. 30th.

Morning at the Office. Finished Blackstone’s Commentaries which I have read carefully over and it has taken me five months. I do not { 242 } feel as if I was master of it all either, though this is the third reading I have given to it. Conversation with George. Report concerning Russell Jarvis sent me by John. Reflections upon Mr. Stetson’s testimony.1 Afternoon passed in reading and in copying Executive Record. The weather damp and rainy with thunder so that I did not walk. Evening finished Cicero’s Oration for Quintius.
1. See entry for 21 April, and note, above. Caleb Stetson, to whom JA2 had addressed his hostile remarks about Russell Jarvis, testified that on the next day he had asked a friend “to state to Mr. Jarvis that I had no personal concern in that conversation with Mr. Adams.” At the same time he rather weakly disavowed having expressed his “disapprobation of Mr. Adams’ conduct” (Report on the Assault by Russell Jarvis, House Report No. 260, 20 Cong., 1 sess., p. 29).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-05-31

Saturday. 31st.

Letter to my mother after which went to the Office but not to do much. Heard that Mr. Emerson had been taken alarmingly ill at Concord on Monday last. I have always thought he would not live very long although he may survive this.1 Rainy and disagreeable all day. Afternoon at home copying Executive Record and then went to Medford with Chardon Brooks. It poured the whole way. Found the family at M. much as usual. Had some conversation with Abby of rather a serious nature and reflected much upon her observations.
1. Violently deranged, Edward Bliss Emerson had to be taken to the asylum in Charlestown. He soon recovered his sanity, but his physical health, undermined by tuberculosis, was permanently broken (Ralph L. Rusk, The Life of Ralph Waldo Emerson, N.Y., 1949, p. 127).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-06-01

Sunday. June 1st.

Weather cloudy, cold and disagreeable. Did not go to Meeting at all today. Morning occupied in gathering information with regard to trees and the afternoon in conversation with Susan Brooks. In the evening, a good deal of Medford Company and as Mr. Brooks and Chardon had gone over to see Mr. Everett who had returned, I was obliged to entertain them, which to me is a bore. When they did get back, Mr. B. brought me a letter and a box from my Mother containing a purse and a pair of little candle sticks for tapers. The letter had not much news.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-06-02

Monday. June 2nd.

Returned to Boston this morning with Chardon Brooks. This day was a repetition of last Wednesday, being what is here called Artillery Election. Owing to this I had no way of passing the morning to my { 243 } satisfaction but at last settled down in reading Mr. Brougham’s Speech upon the State of English Law.1 Afternoon. Executive Record and one of Mr. Burke’s Speeches upon American Affairs. Walk with Mr. Derby and evening, Cicero until I fell asleep and found my study useless, when I retired.
1. CFA’s copy of Henry Brougham’s Present State of the Law, Phila., 1828, is in the Boston Athenaeum.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-06-03

Tuesday 3rd.

Morning at the Office. Occupied in writing a letter to my father. Received one from him of a peculiar character. It treats of the political history of the late Session of Congress in a masterly and pointed manner.1 Did nothing else this morning. In the afternoon copied Executive Record and read Burke’s Speech on conciliation with the Colonies. It rained as if we had not seen any before for a long time. In the evening I went to the Theatre, and saw performed Shakespear’s Twelfth Night in a most shocking manner. The orchestra was uncommonly large and the music to Der Freyschutz,2 the afterpiece, was remarkably well performed. I never saw this piece before. The Story is strictly German with all a complication of horrors, but it requires more excellent stage management than ours to make it go off properly. The performance lasted so long that it was long after midnight before I got home.
1. JQA rejoiced that, despite the efforts of “factious opposition” to “misinterpret my meaning, and to give the most invidious colouring to sentiments of pure patriotism,” the Congress had sanctioned his policy of internal improvements by chartering the Chesapeake and Ohio canal and had “passed a tariff Bill for the protection of American Manufactures” (JQA to CFA, 28 May 1828, Adams Papers).
2. Der Freischütz, the opera by Carl Maria Friedrich Ernst von Weber.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-06-04

Wednesday 4th.

Morning at the Office as usual, but spent little of the time in useful occupation. Commenced reading Kent’s Commentaries.1 Called upon Julia Gorham according to an agreement made with Abby last Monday. But I found that I only fulfilled my part of it, and as I concluded she was not in town, I found that I should remain also. Afternoon, copied Executive Record. The weather which is damp and changeable made me sleepy. My spirits low, affected by constant reflection on one painful subject. My lot must be trusted to divine providence. Anticipation of evil is useless. Evening, reading a Novel.
1. James Kent, Commentaries on American Law, 4 vols., N.Y., 1826–1830.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-06-05

Thursday. 5th.

Morning at the Office. Kents Commentaries. Received a short letter from Mother containing little of any thing except some ridiculous stories. This was the day fixed for the public dinner given to Mr. Webster and after much doubt I determined not to go being scarcely able to afford it.1 In consequence of this decision I made a sort of agreement to go Medford with Chardon Brooks in case his brother did not go with him. After this agreement had been made I repented of it and would have been glad to have gone to the dinner, but it was too late. His brother did go out with him and I lost both chances, about which I consoled myself with my ordinary duties.
1. Webster was under attack by the Boston shipping interests, hitherto among his strongest supporters, for having voted for the high tariff act of 1828. The public dinner, at Faneuil Hall, was designed to show that Massachusetts manufacturers, who benefited from protection, were now behind the Congressman. Webster made a long, defensive speech, explaining his course (Columbian Centinel, 7 June 1828).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-06-06

Friday 6th.

Morning at the Office for a few moments. Returned to my room to drive George in a gig to Weston. The weather was cloudy and changeable but warm. We had a pleasant ride and stopped to look at the farm which father has obtained by the singular bequest of Mr. Boylston.1 It is in a miserable condition and not likely to be better in his hands. He had better part with it if he can find any purchaser. We went over the house and barns and then returned to a house two miles this side to dine. My appetite supplied the place of a good dinner and we devoured every thing that was set before us. Reached Boston before six. Evening at home.
1. See entry for 11 April, and note, above.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-06-07

Saturday. 7th.

Morning at the Office. Mr. Webster there for the first time. Wrote a letter to my mother1 which occupied me the greater part of the time. Mr. Brooks asked me to go to Medford with him to which I consented and went accordingly to dine. The day was warm being the first of the kind this season. Found the family much as usual. Chardon and his wife in Boston, and Gorham out here. The conduct of this young man seems singular but I have not troubled myself with curiosity about him. J. Joy at tea.2 Evening quiet.
1. Missing.
2. Either Joseph Barrell Joy (1807–1833) or John Benjamin Joy (1814–1864), { 245 } both sons of Benjamin Joy, the merchant (James Richard Joy, Thomas Joy and His Descendants, N.Y., 1890, p. 85).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-06-08

Sunday 8th.

Fine morning. Went to Meeting and heard Mr. Stetson preach a Sermon which did not amount to much. Remained at home in the afternoon and read a little in my usual way concerning the culture of trees. After Abby returned from Meeting, I was furnished with one of Mr. Brooks’ horses and drove over with her to Winter Hill to pay Mr. Everett a visit. Mr. E. looks tolerably well. We had not been there long before Mr. and Miss Shepherd came in and then Mr. and Miss Perkins, which made quite a large party. After tea, we returned to Medford, it being the first Summer evening we have had.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-06-09

Monday 9th.

Mr. B. Gorham and his son breakfasted at Medford this morning, having come on horseback. Returned to Boston in the Carriage with Mr. B., Gorham and Abby. Morning at the Office reading Kent. Conversation with George. Afternoon, Executive Record after which Louis 15th by Voltaire. Took a long walk. Evening, Cicero and a Novel.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-06-10

Tuesday 10th.

Morning at the Office. Occupied in writing a letter to my father although I received none from him as usual this week. Read some Chapters of Kent which gave me very little information and had some conversation with George. Afternoon engaged in copying Executive Record. This is fatiguing but it is a work which I engaged to do and for which I have been paid in advance. Then passed an hour in reading the age of Louis 15th. After which a walk until tea time. Finished a novel in the evening and made an abstract of Michaux on some kinds of trees.1
1. JQA’s copy of André Michaux’s The North American Sylva, 3 vols., Paris, 1819, is in the Stone Library.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-06-11

Wednesday 11th.

Morning at the Office. Kent. Conversation with George and examination of a cargo of seeds which has been sent round from Washington. This occupied all the morning and in the next place I rode with Mr. Brooks to Medford. Found Mr. and Mrs. Frothingham at Medford but Abby had gone out which vexed me a good deal. Had { 246 } a pleasant dinner and after dinner a good deal of company. Among others, Winthrop Gray, a cousin of Abby’s, and a most disagreeable animal. Rode down with him to Mrs. Gray’s and walked up with Abby. My feelings were so strong I could not help expressing them for which I was afterwards sorry. Abby was quite sick with a headache.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-06-12

Thursday 12th.

Returned to town with Mr. Brooks. Then went to Quincy with George in a Gig, going over the Neck. The Country looked well and we had a pleasant day. Our purpose was to examine the Nursery and to put down the seeds which had been sent to us. This we accomplished although the heat of the Sun made it fatiguing. My trees look remarkably well. They have all taken. The Oaks look flourishing. After some conversation and taking tea, we returned to town over Milton Hill and met the last of the heavy stone Columns for the Meeting House. It was dragged by thirty five yoke of oxen and was a tolerable load.1 Evening at my room reading Louis 15th.
1. The new Unitarian church in Quincy, begun in 1827, commonly called the Stone Temple and built in part from benefactions by JA, was nearing completion. Built of granite, it had a front pediment supported by four Doric pillars, “the shaft of each being a single block.” JA and AA, JQA and LCA are all buried under this edifice (Pattee, Old Braintree and Quincy, p. 242–244).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-06-13

Friday. 13th.

Morning at the Office. Agreeably surprised by finding three letters for me from home. My father, my Mother and John.1 Very amusing all of them. Read Kent’s Commentaries as usual. Afternoon, Executive Record. In consequence of some milk which I drank and heat and fatigue of yesterday I felt excessively sleepy and could not read Louis 15th although I attempted it. Took my usual walk and in the evening wrote a reply to John.2 It is so long since we have written that there is a little unavoidable stiffness.
1. The letter from JA2 is missing.
2. Missing.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-06-14

Saturday. 14th.

Wrote a letter to my Mother1 which detained me at my room sometime longer than usual. Then to the Office but did not find time to do any thing. At one o’clock I left town for Winter Hill having engaged to dine there. Found Col. Miller, the Greek hero, there and did not admire him.2 Abby was there, and a certain Mr. Bourne dined there. I knew him by sight formerly. We spent the afternoon there { 247 } and returned to Medford in the evening. Mr. Everett seemed occupied in other things.
1. Missing.
2. Jonathan Peckham Miller, a Vermont soldier who had helped the Greeks fight for their independence (Harold Schwartz, Samuel Gridley Howe, Cambridge, 1956, p. 10).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-06-15

Sunday. 15th.

Fine Morning. The Summer is really commencing. Went to Meeting in the morning and heard Mr. Stetson deliver a tolerably indifferent Sermon. Mr. Brooks’ brother arrived from Portland and dined at the house. It is now the Season for company at Medford and consequently for trouble as I know but few of the visitors who go there. In the evening took a walk with Abby along the bank of the Canal. Miss Mary Hall at the house.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-06-16

Monday. 16th.

Rose early both yesterday and this day to take a walk with Abby whose health requires it. After breakfast drove over to Watertown and left her at her brother Edward’s, where I made a short stay, before returning to town. The weather was quite warm and I took a bath. Have not yet commenced the cold ones. Afternoon, Executive Record and Louis 15th. Evening, writing.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-06-17

Tuesday. 17th.

Morning at the Office. Went into the Supreme Court to hear an argument on a motion for a new trial in the case of the Ship Panther. This vessel being under insurance for two years or until her return to Boston, fell over the Salem Railway where she put in to repair instead of coming into Boston. The Jury had found for the Plaintiff, Ellery. This was a motion because the finding of the Jury was contrary to Evidence. Mr. Saltonstall and Mr. Webster in support of the motion, Mr. C. G. Loring and Mr. Hubbard against it.1 My own impressions were with the latter party. The trial occupied all day. Evening, Bacon’s Novum Organon. Wrote and sent a letter to my father.
1. The case was that of John S. Ellery v. The New England Insurance Company (8 Pickering 13). The lawyers were Leverett Saltonstall (1783–1845), Daniel Webster, Charles Greeley Loring (1794–1868), and Samuel Hubbard (1785–1847).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-06-18

Wednesday. 18th.

Morning at the Office reading Kent. The weather quite warm which { 248 } in the afternoon turned to a shower. I drove to Medford at one o’clock. Found the family tolerably well, and enlarged with the presence of Chardon and his wife, again. Had some conversation with Abby which gave room for reflection. Then took a ride with her round the woods, stopping at Mrs. Hall’s, her Aunt’s, to take tea. This was a long promised visit and very well accomplished. They are people unfortunate in the world and grown rather rustic, the consequence of which is that they feel sensitive about attentions. But I prefer unassuming sense to impertinent nonsense, and so it was no exertion on my part to make this visit. Returned before ten.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-06-19

Thursday. 19th.

Morning pleasant. I was oppressed with a fit of dullness and low spirits. How much my temper and disposition changes by circumstances. Returned to town alone. At the Office. Found a letter from my Mother1 which was extremely dull and pained me considerably. Another from my father in a pleasant and confiding tone. He invariably intimates however his disposition to suppose me a political man, a course which only strong circumstances could induce me to pursue.2 Read Kent. Afternoon, Executive Record. Went to hear the Sheriff of the County deliver a Lecture in the Court room upon the difference in the duties of an English and an American Sheriff.3 An amusing if not useful production. The bar generally were present. It was a voluntary on his part and caused peals of laughter. In the evening, took a walk in the Mall. The weather was warm and evening very beautiful.
1. Missing.
2. JQA exhorted his son “to give a portion of your attention to these Dinner Speeches, for which ... all men in public life will henceforward be frequently taxed, and for which it will be necessary that you should be prepared” (JQA to CFA, 13 June 1828, Adams Papers).
3. The sheriff was Charles Pinkney Sumner (1776–1839), father of Charles Sumner. His lecture, read to the Suffolk county bar, was published in the American Jurist for July 1829.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-06-20

Friday. 20th.

Continuation of fine weather to pay us for our rainy month. Morning at the Office reading Kent’s Commentaries and examining the doctrine of Calvin’s case, in Coke’s reports and a case in Cowper, in order to reply to the last letter of my father.1 Tolerably occupied. Afternoon, Executive Record, finished my Novel and was engaged in arranging my documents of the last Session. Evening, a walk around the Common, moon very brilliant.
{ 249 }
1. To counteract CFA’s doubts as to the legal basis for the colonists’ protests against British taxation, JQA advised his son to study the famous case of Calvin v. Smith (6 Jac. banco regis, fo. 1), where it had been held that the people of Ireland were not bound by an act of the English Parliament, in which they were not represented (JQA to CFA, 13 June 1828, Adams Papers). CFA replied with a decision of Lord Mansfield, given in Henry Cowper’s Reports of Cases Adjudged in the Court of King’s Bench (1783), p. 208: “A country conquered by the British arms becomes . . . necessarily subject to the legislature, the parliament of Great Britain” (CFA to JQA, 24 June 1828, Adams Papers).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-06-21

Saturday. 21st.

Morning at the Office. I know not what it is which makes me so sleepy now but I find it impossible to awake before a certain time in the morning. This compels me to write my letters at the Office instead of at my room. I was otherwise very much hurried this morning in my letter to my Mother1 which was unusually short. Went into Court and listened to some Opinions. Saw George who was much distressed by a communication from Mr. Quincy of a kind very ill judged and I took some pains to counteract it. Went to see Abby at Mrs. Frothingham’s which I succeeded in on the second attempt. Dined there with Mr. and Mrs. Brooks, a Mrs. Blanchard and Abby. After dinner, rode with Abby to Watertown to see Edward Brooks and his wife. Took tea there. The situation is beautiful and they seem to live happily but they are more in themselves than almost any persons I ever saw. Little communion with others. Returned to town by nine o’clock. Pleasant evening ride.
1. Missing.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-06-22

Sunday 22nd.

Arose quite late. Went up to see George at his room and found him quite recovered from his trouble. He has been re-assured this time and I hope it will be some time before he has to endure another such affair. Dined with him and spent the larger part of the day with him. De Grand called to see him and we had some conversation upon the politics of the Country. He is dissatisfied. More conversation at dinner with Thos. Welsh who exerted himself considerably. Returned to my room to write Journal and in the evening, went to Mrs. Frothingham’s to see Abby. But there was a great deal of Company and it put me out of humour.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-06-23

Monday. 23rd.

Morning at the Office reading Kent’s Commentaries. Found them dull and myself sleepy. Heard of the death of James Perkins, the { 250 } richest man of his age in Boston.1 No loss however. After dinner, occupied in copying Executive Record, and finished Voltaire’s Louis 15th. Looked a little into the question arising out of the Revolution which is now in agitation between my father and myself and read two of Mr. Clay’s Speeches. Evening with Abby at Mrs. Frothingham’s. Her friends Julia Gorham and Anne Carter were there.
1. James Perkins, Harvard 1809.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-06-24

Tuesday. 24th.

Morning at the Office. Wrote a letter to my father explaining my ideas upon the power of Parliament in reference to us as Colonies. Then read a little of Kent. The weather was extremely warm. After dinner, occupied myself a short time in copying Executive Record, and then went to Mrs. Frothingham’s to see Abby. Passed the Afternoon with her and in the Evening went with her to Mrs. Gorham’s to see Julia. Anne Carter was there also. Returned at ten o’clock. My feelings for a few days back have been singular and unaccountable. To me Life has seemed the most indifferent thing in the world. I do not care about any thing, feel little or no interest in any thing, not even in Abby. Melancholy seems more settled and the heat has made it languid. Reflection is all of an unprofitable kind for I feel at present no interest for the future, no remembrance of the past, no notice of the present. How long it will continue, I cannot tell but hope soon that my mind will receive some stimulus which may prevent it’s stagnating in this perplexing way. It makes my attentions to Abby fatiguing though I like her better than any thing else.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-06-25

Wednesday. 25th.

Arose very early this morning and went into a Cold Bath at Craigie’s Bridge. The water was pleasant and I felt myself much benefitted by it. The morning was warmer than any we have had. I was at the Office a part of the time and went to see Abby at Mrs. Frothingham’s. Also in the afternoon but the weather had changed and it was absolutely cold. My spirits very low and they were not increased by our Meeting. Misunderstanding seems to be the order of the day with us and I parted from her to return to my room and pass a very lonely and a very unhappy evening. My spirits are in a fair way of breaking.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-06-26

Thursday. 26th.

It was cold and I had no object to rise early. Morning at the Office { 251 } where I accomplished a great deal of Kent. Did not go to see Abby and she went out of town. Thought much upon the subject without any profitable result. Afternoon, some Executive Record, and a Walk. Evening, commenced Cicero’s Oration for Roscius of Ameria, with which I was much pleased, and read two of Mr. Clay’s Speeches.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-06-27

Friday 27th.

Morning at the Office. Read a little of Kent’s book but I find I know almost as much about Law already as the book discloses. Surprised by the appearance of Richardson who has just returned from the grand tour, that is to say from New Orleans via the Falls of Niagara. I was quite glad to see him and in consideration of our meeting we agreed to dine together at the Exchange Coffee House. We had very pleasant conversation but were quite alone there. I never saw a thinner table at that house in my life. After dinner I drove out my brother George to Weston according to agreement, in order to look after the farm. After some conversation with Mr. Jones,1 the neighbour, on the subject, and making some arrangements, we returned to Boston. It was nearly ten when we arrived and the weather very damp.
1. John Jones, sometimes called “Col. Jones,” as he was lieutenant colonel of the 3d Regiment, First Brigade, Third Division of the Massachusetts Militia (Mass. Register, 1829, p. 96).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-06-28

Saturday. 28th.

Wrote a letter to my Mother in the morning1 which by reason of the heat and dearth of subject, consumed almost all of it. Not having received any letters from her lately, I am fearful something is the matter. Rode out at one o’clock with George to Medford to dine. Found Mr. Everett and Wadsworth2 who with the family made up the number at dinner. Abby was much hurt with my absenting myself on Thursday and treated me a little coldly. We had an explanation afterwards and I regretted the effects of a foolish pride. George went away after tea and we passed the evening in Conversation.
1. Missing.
2. Either James Wadsworth (1768–1844), the wealthy owner of the town of Geneseo, in New York, or his brother, William Wadsworth (1732–1833), a major general in the New York state militia (Henry Greenleaf Pearson, James S. Wadsworth of Geneseo, N.Y., 1913, p. 13).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-06-29

Sunday 29th.

The weather exceedingly warm. Went to Meeting in the morning { 252 } and heard somebody preach a very commonplace Sermon. I could not distinctly remember who the person was. In the afternoon we had a thunder shower but without relieving the air materially. I slept during a portion of it. Evening, a short walk with Abby. Passed an extremely pleasant day.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-06-30

Monday 30th.

Returned to Boston with Mr. Brooks. Morning extremely warm. I felt so uncomfortable that I resorted to a cold bath which effectually restored me for the day. Conversed with George upon the subject of my proposed arrangement to live at Quincy. I have almost made up my mind upon the subject. Received an extremely long letter from my Father together with a remittance as generous as any of the preceding ones. His kindness to me is really gratifying. Afternoon, Executive Record, and packing up my books which are a sad trouble to me. A person should expect to be stationary for life before he indulges in a library. A thunder shower came upon us and effectually cooled the air. I went out to walk in the evening, met J. R. Otis and shortly afterwards, J. B. Joy. Did not leave them until ten o’clock.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-07-01

Tuesday 1st.

Arose early this morning and went down to take a bath. Found the water delicious. Returning, occupied myself very much in packing up my various little things and making the preparations for my removal. This took up the whole day and I barely escaped at six o’clock to go to Quincy. Found the family expecting me. Took a short walk with Thomas B. Adams Jr. who has returned from West Point and is now on the world as an Army Officer. The evening passed in conversation. I could not write to my father today.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-07-02

Wednesday. 2nd.

Arose early and occupied in arranging my things which are as yet somewhat out of order. Rode into Boston. Weather exceedingly warm. Made up for the omission of yesterday by a letter to my father this morning and read a little though not much of Kent. I then went to Medford to dine, found Abby and the family all well. In the afternoon rode with Abby to Winter Hill and drank tea with Mr. and Mrs. Everett. Mr. and Mrs. Frothingham were there also. Returned in the evening, suffering under a slight headache. I am not so hardy as formerly and indigestion troubles me.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-07-03

Thursday. 3rd.

Morning pleasant. Arose and after a conversation of a singular kind with Abby, rode into town. Morning at the Office reading Kent. I felt so much disposed to accept the invitation to Medford for tomorrow that after an arrangement with George for a supply of clothes, I decided upon going. Took a pleasant bath and wrote Executive Record until six o’clock. I feel yet in a state of disarrangement and am rather apprehensive that this will be the general consequence of my present arrangement. We shall see. Took tea at Medford and passed the evening in conversation with Abby.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-07-04

Friday. 4th.

Morning cold but pleasant. Passed the morning in conversation with Abby and reading the last number of the North American Review. The pleasure of quiet like this on such a day is extremely great to me who hate fuss. It is a good general principle to keep up this anniversary but to me as an individual the day brings no privileges and is consequently of little extraordinary value. Edward Brooks called at Medford in the morning with his children. I rode with Abby there in the afternoon. Found Mrs. Boott and a large part of her family there which induced us to shorten our visit and return. Quiet evening at home. Mr. Brooks went to Andover and brought down a cousin of Abby’s on a visit.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-07-05

Saturday. 5th.

Rode into Boston. Went to the Office and found a letter for me from my Mother in very good spirits. Her reason for not writing was the heat of the weather. Read a little of Kent and wrote an answer to her as usual on this day.1 Afternoon, Executive Record and a little of Cicero before returning to Medford. Found Abby in a little ill humour but it did not last.
1. Letter missing.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-07-06

Sunday 6th.

This day was passed very quietly indeed. I have been obliged to wear thin shoes and silk stockings ever since Thursday as my boots had given way. This made my going to Meeting a disagreeable business, so I declined going. I read a large part of Hutchinson’s third volume of the History of Massachusetts. I think there is much reason on his { 254 } side. A stroll in the afternoon about the grounds in a fit of musing such as often occurs to me but now with more pleasure and less alloy than is usual. I believe myself on the whole in better condition at this time than I have been for years. Genl. Wadsworth of Geneseo and Son1 called. In the evening with Abby. A poor man in the employ of Mr. Brooks was discovered this evening in the Mystic river just below the bridge. Some were with him but he lost his life because they had not courage nor presence of mind.
1. CFA seems to have confused the family relationships here. James Samuel Wadsworth (1807–1864), the future Union general, was studying law in Daniel Webster’s office. His father, James Wadsworth, was not a general, while his uncle, General William Wadsworth, was a bachelor. See entry for 28 June, and note, above; Appletons’ Cyclo. Amer. Biog.; DAB; and Pearson, James S. Wadsworth, p. 13.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-07-07

Monday. July 7th.

Mr. Brooks rode into town with me this morning as he did also on Saturday which I forgot to mention. He treats me very kindly and if I had only a definite idea of his feelings in regard to Abby I should be perfectly satisfied. Office. Received another letter from my Mother in hardly so pleasant a tone as the last. Rode with George to Weston to see about the sale of the hay off the place. This took an amazingly long time, but sold tolerably well. I amused myself with entering into conversation with the different farmers and attempting to extract information on various rustic subjects. My return to Boston was so long delayed that I was compelled to give up the idea of Quincy for the night much to my mortification and annoyance. Remained at the Exchange Coffee House.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-07-08

Tuesday 8th.

Had but little agreeable rest, the accommodations were so bad and I found myself compelled to dress in my old stock of clothes, and go through the day very dirty. Morning at the Office. Wrote a letter to my father although I have received none from him this week, owing probably to the celebration of the fourth. Read a little of Kent. Wadsworth left us and Emerson is in the Insane Hospital so that we are now reduced to Davis and I. Afternoon, Executive Record. Rode to Quincy and found myself much rejoiced to be again quietly at my room. Took a salt water bath with my Uncle and Thomas. The water was delicious and I felt glad to regain a little of my usual neatness. Conversation.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-07-09

Wednesday 9th.

Arose early and supplied the deficiency which the long continued absence of the last week had occasioned in my Journal. It is the first time it has been so long behind the proper time since I commenced this book. Rode to Boston and passed the morning in reading Kent at the Office. After a heavy shower, I went to Medford to dine, found Abby as usual. Interrupted by a visit from a certain Miss Hastings in whom I remembered an acquaintance made during a visit of my Uncle T. Johnson’s to this part of the Country five years since. I probably have the account of it in some of my books. Evening quiet with Abby.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-07-10

Thursday. 10th.

After passing a little while with Abby I rode into Boston. Found at the Office for me three letters, one from my father, very short merely to preserve the regular series and two from my Mother. She seems to have felt the observations of my letter of the 28th of last month much more than I had intended.1 It is difficult to deal with sensitive women. Read Kent and in the afternoon, Copied Executive Record with a short notice of Cicero. Rode to Quincy and passed the evening partly in weeding the Nursery and partly with Thomas in conversation.
1. CFA’s missing letter of 28 June apparently referred in a tone of dissatisfaction to the financial arrangements which JQA and P. C. Brooks were planning to make when his marriage took place. Calling CFA’s excessive expectations “an absolute farce,” LCA reminded her son that P. C. Brooks’ promise of a $20,000 dowry and JQA’s pledge of a yearly allowance amounting to the interest on a similar sum, plus the gift of a Boston house, were indeed generous (LCA to CFA, 3 July 1828, Adams Papers).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-07-11

Friday. 11th.

Arose early and occupied myself in weeding the Nursery and putting it in order. Went to Boston, found myself the sole tenant of the Office where five Law Students were at the commencement of the year.1 Mr. Davis was sick, as I presume. Finished the second Volume of Kent’s Commentaries from which I have scarcely derived much benefit. Afternoon, Executive Record and Cicero pro Roscio Amerino. Returned to Quincy after a violent rain which had effectually cooled the air. Looked into the Nursery and found some havoc had been made among the young sprouts, which quite discouraged me in hoping for much. The acorns were not laid quite low enough. Passed the evening with my Uncle and Cousin at Mr. George Beale’s; Miss Greenleafs, and his family. Cherries in abundance but little conversation.
1. The five were T. K. Davis, Edward Bliss Emerson, Henry W. Kinsman, James S. Wadsworth, and CFA himself.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-07-12

Saturday. 12th.

Arose early and engaged a short time before breakfast in the Nursery. After which I went to Boston. Received a letter from John on certain business, inclosing a Note from S.L.S. which I laid before T. Welsh.1 Nothing could be done however and I wrote a reply accordingly.2 Afterwards wrote a letter to my Mother, as usual.3 Abby, having sent me notice that she was going to dine at Winter Hill, I remained in Boston and copied Executive Record besides reading a considerable part of Cicero’s Oration, before starting to Medford. Stopped at Winter Hill, took tea and then rode with Abby to M. She was tired and fatigued and retired almost immediately. She had seen poor Smith’s corpse last week and it affected her. I am not partial to such exhibitions.
1. Both JA2’s letter and the enclosed note are missing. Possibly the latter was from Secretary of the Navy Samuel L. Southard.
2. Missing.
3. Missing.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-07-13

Sunday. 13th.

Morning quite pleasant. Remained at the house and finished the third Volume of Hutchinson after which I went and strolled along the bank of the Canal for about a mile. The luxuriant beauty of the vegetation and the striking sweetness of the spot attracted me on until I became startled by the lowering appearance of the Clouds and hastened home though not quite before the shower commenced did I reach it. Afternoon at Meeting. Heard my classmate Samuel K. Lothrop preach in the pulpit. What I had long expected has happened. I have seen him as a Minister of God and a more frail one, if I know him at all, has seldom attempted to reach the throne of Grace. My reflections and reminiscences upon this subject are not pleasant. Evening in quiet conversation with Abby. My life now is perhaps as happy on the whole at this time as it ever will be. My mind has but one single cloud before it. I trust in God.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-07-14

Monday. 14th.

Rainy and disagreeable weather. After passing a short time with Abby I returned to Boston. Office. Did little of any utility. Read a little of Jackson’s book. Conversation with George. Political affairs seem to be reviving after our condition of despair only perhaps to sink the deeper. Afternoon at work copying Executive Record, and reading Cicero’s Oration which is one of the boldest specimens of forcible eloquence I have read. I then went to Quincy in a cold north east driz• { 257 } zling rain for which my state of dress was by no means prepared. Evening quiet at home.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-07-15

Tuesday. 15th.

The weather looked so bad this morning that I was doubting about going to Boston but as it looked more promising after breakfast I rode in. Found two letters, one from my father and the other from my Mother which paid me amply for my trouble. Wrote to the former as usual. Then passed an hour in the Common pleas. Afternoon, Executive Record and finished Cicero pro Roscio Amerino. My return to Quincy was in rain although not of that chilling kind as on yesterday. Finished Charles 12th in the evening and conversation with Thomas.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-07-16

Wednesday 16th.

Morning very rainy. I would not have started from Quincy had I not thought that I should be expected at Medford. The weather very disagreeable being entirely unsettled. Read a little Law but on the whole passed the morning very uncomfortably, not feeling as if I had any settled occupation. Rode to Medford at one o’clock. Passed the afternoon and evening quietly in conversation with Abby and noticed nothing remarkable to put in my Journal. The time passed pleasantly.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-07-17

Thursday 17th.

Left Medford after passing an hour with Abby pleasantly. The weather was very unsettled as it rained occasionally throughout the day. At the office, read a portion of Sir William Jones’ Essay on the Law of Bailments.1 George was gone to Nahant. Took a salt water bath and was caught in a shower. Copied Executive Record and commenced a review of Cicero’s Oration until time to return to Quincy. Caught in another shower on the road. Evening, Peter the First of Russia by Voltaire and Conversation with Thomas.
1. Dublin, 1790.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-07-18

Friday. 18th.

Contrary to my intention formed yesterday, I rode into Boston this morning, Thomas B. Adams being with me, who is about to start for Portland. I am sorry he is going as I shall miss him considerably. Morning at the Office, finished Jones’ Essay on the Law of Bailments and read a little of Cruise on the Title, Mortgage. But not as much occupied as I should have been. Afternoon, Executive Record and { 258 } Cicero. The day was an extraordinarily fine one and was doubly gratifying after so much bad weather. Returned to Quincy, having a pleasant ride. Found there John Foster, a nephew of Mrs. T. B. Adams. Had some fine occupation in the Nursery this evening, it being the first in which I have had any opportunity since my coming here. Voltaire’s Peter the First and Conversation. The evening was lovely.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-07-19

Saturday. 19th.

Arose early this morning and commenced writing to my Mother,1 but did not finish my letter before it was time to go to Boston. The weather quite warm. Went to the Office, finished my letter but did not do much beside. At one o’clock I rode to Medford and found quite a company collected. The family and no one beside. Mr. and Mrs. Frothingham and Mr. and Mrs. P. C. Brooks Jr. neither. I was surprised and at first a little disconcerted as I had not been invited and scarcely expected it, but having recovered from that, we did tolerably well. I forgot to mention Mrs. Boott, the mother of Mrs. Edward Brooks, who though not exactly one of the family, still has some bond of union with it. Evening with Abby.
1. Letter missing.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-07-20

Sunday. 20th.

My morning was occupied in reading Michaux and I took a short walk in the woods to gather leaves by which to judge practically of the varieties of the oak. The heat of the morning however caused me shortly to desist. In the afternoon, Abby dragged me into the service to hear a poor blind man preach, who had by accidental circumstances been landed in the town yesterday and who had no more money to carry him farther. He was a pitiable object. I was obliged to a little charity and I reflected how rarely I have been guilty of such a thing. Selfish and cold. Rode with Abby to see Edward Brooks and his wife and drink tea. Found Mrs. Boott and Miss Wells, a niece,1 there beside. I like Edward better than any of Abby’s brothers. Returned before nine.
1. Frances Boott Wells, the daughter of William Wells, who later married William Newell (Columbian Centinel, 25 April 1835).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-07-21

Monday. 21st.

Rode to Boston after passing a short time with Abby. Found myself in low spirits without knowing any particular cause. Found letters at the Office from my father and my mother which amused me much. { 259 } Morning wasted in very unprofitable conversation. Afternoon, Executive Record, after which in consequence of the heat I decided upon a bath and went down to see the new one at the Free Bridge for the purpose. I found it would not answer for me and so went directly to Quincy and took a refreshing bath before tea at the wharf below Mr. D. Greenleaf’s. I wanted it exceedingly. Passed a short time in the Nursery and found the Catalpas making their appearance together with many new Oaks. Evening delightful.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-07-22

Tuesday. 22nd.

Morning occupied in writing and reading a little of Miller’s Gardener’s Dictionary1 before going to Boston. At the Office, wrote my usual letter to father. In it, I made some inquiries as to his plans about his trees which I showed to George and he made it a pretext for insinuating things of me both unkind and entirely untrue.2 I was considerably offended. I am at times much inclined to contempt of his character and certainly felt it today but in consideration of his situation have heretofore checked it. Afternoon, Executive Record and review of the Oration for Roscius. Returned to Quincy in a violent rain and I did not escape wetting. Evening, reading Voltaire’s Peter the First and Miller.
1. JQA’s copy of Philip Miller’s Abridgement of the Gardener’s Dictionary, London, 1763, is in the Stone Library.
2. In an effort to make GWA correspond punctually, JQA had just written him: “Since my return here last October Charles has not missed writing me every week, even when he was so ill that he could scarcely hold a pen. I have been equally punctual with him. . . . Why cannot you be so too” (JQA to GWA, 10 July 1828, Adams Papers). Doubtless GWA felt both jealous of his brother and guilty.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-07-23

Wednesday. 23rd.

Fine morning. Occupied a short time before going to Boston in the Nursery. At the Office and the Court of Common Pleas attempting to gain a little insight into the course of practice. Went to Mrs. Frothingham’s to see Abby. She has come into town to remain until Friday and I find the inconvenience of living out of town but I decided upon returning to Quincy rather than pass a hot and unpleasant night at the Exchange Coffee House. Passed the afternoon at Mrs. Frothingham’s but did not find much gratification in it. Returned to Quincy in a train of reflection which could lead to melancholy naturally. Took a bath at the Creek with John Q.1 and Joseph H. Adams, sons of my Uncle, T. B. Adams. Pleasant evening.
1. John Quincy Adams (1815–1854). See Adams Genealogy.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-07-24

Thursday 24th.

Morning in the Nursery before breakfast, and then a pleasant ride to Boston. The weather quite warm all day. Passed the greater part of the forenoon in the Court of Common Pleas listening to the course of practice. This is the last term of this Court previous to my admission. Dined at Mrs. Frothingham’s. Had some conversation with Abby but found myself in rather an unpleasant situation. If my own condition improves as it has done for the last six months for three more, it would be ridiculous folly to defer the marriage any longer. Called with her at Mrs. Dehon’s to see Miss Mary after her return from New York. Then returned with her and from thence immediately to Quincy. Took a bath in the evening and sat till sleep overcame me. Quite dull.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-07-25

Friday. 25th.

The weather being warm and my horse not having had a day’s rest for some time, I concluded upon remaining at Quincy the whole day. My time was mostly occupied in study. I read a large part of Cicero’s Oration for Roscius over and then took a bath at the wharf. Passed the remainder of the morning in reading some lives in the Biographia Brittanica.1 Mrs. Foster, sister of Mrs. T. B. Adams, and some of her children dined and passed the afternoon here. My College Classmate, Charles, was of the number.2 In the afternoon I read part of Voltaire’s Peter the First and passed a short time in the Nursery. The Chesnuts are at last forthcoming. Captains Morris and Patterson3 of the Navy called here in the evening. The moon was bright after the thunder shower which occurred in the afternoon, and made the piazza delightful.
1. In the Stone Library there is a set of Biographia Britannica: or, the Lives of the Most Eminent Persons Who Have Flourished in Great Britain and Ireland, from the Earliest Ages, 6 vols., London, 1747–1763. Another set owned by JA is among his books in the Boston Public Library (Catalogue of JA’s Library, p. 28).
2. Phineas Foster, a Boston merchant, and Frances (Harrod) Foster were the parents of Charles Phineas Foster, Harvard 1825.
3. Capt. Daniel T. Patterson (Mass. Register, 1828, p. 209).

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0007-0026

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-07-26

Saturday. 26th.

Went to Boston expecting a cold day but it turned out one of the warmest of the season. Went to Mrs. Frothingham’s to see Abby and spent two hours with her. Received a short letter from my Mother inclosing one to Abby and answered it as usual. She as yet expresses no intention of coming this way. In the afternoon, rode with Abby to { 261 } Medford having intended to drink tea at Winter Hill with Mrs. Everett but found her gone to Medford with Mr. Webster where they were when we arrived. Mr. Brooks had been unwell this week and seemed in quite low spirits. Evening very warm.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0007-0027

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-07-27

Sunday. 27th.

I remained at home all day today. A cold which I lately caught has affected my gums and throat again though not in so great a degree as the last time. The day was warm. I passed it as usual reading Michaux and other books upon the cultivation of Forest trees, when I was not in company with Abby. In the evening we took a short walk, the hour and scene were lovely.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0007-0028

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-07-28

Monday. 28th.

Returned to town after an hour with Abby. Found another short letter from my Mother intimating pretty certainly that she would remain at home. Read a portion of the Lecture on Practice by Judge Howe, and copied Executive Record, in the afternoon, with a few sections of Cicero in review. My face and throat felt so unpleasantly that I had some idea of again going to a physician but decided upon postponing it. Returned to Quincy in the evening. Mr. and Mrs. D. Greenleaf were there. Had some conversation with Mrs. Adams upon the subject of Abby Adams’ remaining at Washington—a little sentiment. The Nursery looks well.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0007-0029

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-07-29

Tuesday. 29th.

Wrote to my father as usual this morning. This makes the fortieth letter to him since last October and will probably be the last for some months. I have missed but once or twice, and have seldom been much at a loss for subject. On the whole this is a satisfactory part of the year although if I were to continue it for another, I think I should attempt some thing more. Rode to Boston and spent the morning at the office reading Judge Howe’s Lecture which was rather dull. Also wrote Executive Record and read a little of Cicero. The day was exceedingly cool. Returned to Quincy, worked a little in the Nursery, and in the evening, Conversation with Mrs. Adams.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0007-0030

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-07-30

Wednesday. 30th.

Rode to Boston after reading an hour or more. Found letters from my father and my mother but not a syllable in them as to any future { 262 } arrangement. Morning at the Office occupied in reading Cruise and a part of Judge Howe’s Lecture. At one o’clock, rode to Medford, found Abby pretty well and Mr. Brooks gone to Nahant. In the afternoon we rode to Winter Hill and passed the evening. Miss Mary Buckminster was there. She is engaged to be married to my classmate S. K. Lothrop who is now preaching in Washington.1 Mr. Everett conversed a good deal upon political matters. Mr. and Mrs. Edward Brooks were there also for a few minutes. On our return to Medford we found Mr. B. had got home with Judge Lyman of Northampton2 to whom I was introduced. I had seen him before but many years ago and had quite forgotten him.
1. Mary Lyman Buckminster, the daughter of Rev. Joseph Buckminster, of Portsmouth, N.H. (Columbian Centinel, 13 June 1829).
2. Levi Lyman, chief justice of the court of sessions in Hampshire county (Mass. Register, 1828, p. 30).

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0007-0031

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-07-31

Thursday. 31st.

After passing an hour as I usually do with Abby I rode to Boston in a shower of rain which appears to be always my fortune. The Office looked quite solitary as Mr. Davis was the only occupant of the rooms, Mr. Kinsman having gone to Haverhill. The political news from Louisiana is quite encouraging and will probably set up the party again.1 Read a little of Cruise but on the whole was not quite satisfied with the way I passed the time. Afternoon, Executive Record; a sharp hail storm visited us. Returned to Quincy, worked a little while in the Nursery and conversation in the evening.
1. The Administration ticket was reported to have won an “entire triumph” in the Louisiana state elections (Daily National Intelligencer, 31 July 1828).

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0008-0001

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-08-01

Friday. August 1st.

One hour in reading and writing before going to town. Morning at the Office reading Saunders Reports.1 Called to see Abby at Mrs. Frothingham’s. I regretted it afterwards for I had but little pleasure from it. She is somewhat altered from what she was before [toward?] me, and I have moments when I cannot, though I would, be blind to their probable effects in the married state. I never ought to marry. Every step convinces me of the truth of this. My mind and feelings are not calculated for it. Afternoon, Executive Record and finished reviewing Cicero’s Oration for Roscius. Returned to Quincy driving out I. H. Adams, second son of Mrs. T. B. Adams. He is in a store in Boston. Evening quiet. Finished Peter the First.
{ 263 }
1. JA’s copy of Les reports du très erudite Edmund Saunders . . . des divers pleadings et cases en le Court del Bank le Roy en le temps del reign . . . le roy Charles le II, Savoy, 1722, is in the Boston Public Library (Catalogue of JA’s Library, p. 222).

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0008-0002

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-08-02

Saturday. 2nd.

Wrote a letter to my Mother this morning before going to town, then rode into Boston. Morning at the Office reading Saunders. I was about going to Medford to dine when I came across an invitation to Mr. Webster to dine with Mr. Brooks. This made me hesitate. I had received no notice of any company being likely to be there and after much reflection determined upon declining to go until evening. The situation of a lover is rather an awkward one as it respects third persons at the house of the lady’s father. And I am daily getting a stronger repugnance to figuring in this midway sort of a character. Wrote Executive Record and read the whole of Cicero’s Oration for Archias before starting for Medford. Reached there at sunset and after many excuses and some trouble had a pleasant evening.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0008-0003

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-08-03

Sunday. 3rd.

Remained at home during the morning reading Michaux and walking about the grounds. The weather was very pleasant. Mr. Brooks was quite unwell and I went to Meeting in his place in the afternoon. He is now at the age at which all of his family have died and he feels a little alarmed at the signs which indicate any sickness in him. He is a very estimable character and will live long, I hope, to enjoy the pleasant old age which is in prospect for him. Mr. Wallcut preached,1 a very fatiguing minister. Mr. R. D. Shepherd and his daughter called and took tea. She is a pleasant little girl. Evening passed very quietly at home.
1. Robert Folger Wallcut, Harvard 1817, graduated from the Divinity School in 1820.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0008-0004

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-08-04

Monday. 4th.

Returned to Boston after passing a short time with Abby. Felt a little unwell during the night and this morning. At the Office, reading the Reports of Saunders. Nothing important and we hear little of the progress of our family although I received a letter from my Father on Saturday. Wrote the usual portion of Executive Record and reviewed the Oration for Archias before going to Quincy. A little work and conversation in the evening.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0008-0005

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-08-05

Tuesday 5th.

Went to Boston rather early to be in time for the opening of the Court. Received a letter from my Mother in a tone quite low spirited. She evidently would like very much to come on but is prevented by peculiar circumstances.1 I did not write to my Father, expecting his arrival daily. The greater part of the day was passed in the Superior Court listening to the argument upon the right of the Warren Bridge Company to build their bridge and upon the propriety of issuing an Injunction to stop them. Mr. Shaw opened on the part of the Complainants, the Charles River Bridge Corporation in the Morning and Messrs. Aylwin and Fletcher went into the defence during the afternoon.2 I could not remain until the close much to my regret. But my own impression was that the defence was weak so far as I heard it. Returned to Quincy. Worked a little in the Nursery and evening with the family. Mr. G. Beale called in.
1. LCA complained that she had “neither affections nor community” at Quincy and vowed not to return there “to expose myself to a repetition of insults which beggar as I am ... I am too proud to submit to” (LCA to CFA, 30 July 1828, Adams Papers).
2. The case was that of the proprietors of Charles River Bridge v. the proprietors of Warren Bridge, et al. (6 Pickering 376; 7 Pickering 344), which was later appealed to the United States Supreme Court (11 Peters 420). The legislature of Massachusetts in 1785 had authorized the Charles River Bridge Company to build and operate a toll bridge across the Charles River but did not confer exclusive privileges upon the corporation. The charter of the Warren Bridge Company (1828) allowed the construction of another bridge only a short distance away which should be turned over to the state upon recovery of construction costs. The proprietors of the Charles River Bridge Company sued for an injunction on the ground that construction of the new bridge constituted an impairment of the obligation of contracts. Daniel Webster and Lemuel Shaw (1781–1861) appeared for the complainants, William Cushing Alwyn and Richard Fletcher (1788–1869) for the defendants. See Andrew C. McLaughlin, A Constitutional History of the United States, N.Y., 1935, p. 464; DAB, under Richard Fletcher.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0008-0006

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-08-06

Wednesday. 6th.

Morning rainy and unpleasant. Rode to Boston and attended Court all the morning. Mr. Webster closed on the part of the Plaintiffs. His argument was an excellent one and to me quite conclusive, but it was not so much methodized and digested as those I have generally heard from him. Rode to Medford to dinner and passed the afternoon and evening in conversation respecting many interesting subjects which must shortly press themselves to my attention. I do not feel encouraged about them.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0008-0007

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-08-07

Thursday. 7th.

Rode to Boston this morning with Mr. Brooks in my gig. Morning { 265 } at the Office reading Saunders which I find to be but a dull book. The law has become rather tedious to me. Met Abby at the Jeweller’s where she went to obtain a present for Miss Charlotte Gray whose engagement to Mr. Ignatius Sargent is just announced. Executive Record in the afternoon and finished the review of Cicero for Archias. Went to see Abby by request and found myself in a variety of engagements for tomorrow and next day. Rode out of town early in order to move my room upstairs to make way for the accommodation of my father who is now expected every day. Thomas B. and Elizabeth C. Adams had returned from Portland and I passed the evening in conversation.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0008-0008

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-08-08

Friday. 8th.

Arose very early and after dressing and taking a hurried breakfast I went into Boston. Found Abby ready to go to the Steamboat and was informed that by the absence of Mrs. Everett, she would be compelled to assume all the qualities of entertainer. The party consisted of Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Johnston of Louisiana, Mr. Everett and ourselves. We met many other of our acquaintance on board. Mr. R. Peters1 and his daughters, Mrs. Gorham, Miss Carter and many others. The day was very warm and fatiguing. The quantity of fashionable company, the noise of children and the glare of light produced an excitement which had an effect very unpleasant upon the feelings. One day at Nahant is always dull, especially when you have to entertain a pretty requiring woman. Our dinner was hurried and ill served. Mr. Webster, who had come down with a Mrs. Perkins of New York,2 seemed to think it exceedingly dull and I agreed with him. After killing the time as well as we could, she having expressed a desire to go by land, we returned to Boston in a Carriage, I riding outside a portion of the way. On my arrival at B. I immediately started for Quincy, which I reached exceedingly fatigued.
1. Richard Peters (1779–1848), of Philadelphia, who was reporter of the United States Supreme Court (DAB).
2. Presumably Mrs. Cyrus W. Perkins, the wife of Webster’s old college friend and family physician, who lived at 176 Fulton Street in New York (Fuess, Webster, 1:348).

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0008-0009

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-08-09

Saturday. 9th.

Rode to Boston though late as I was unable immediately to recover [from] my fatigue of yesterday and as I passed a restless night. The weather again was exceedingly warm. Called upon Abby and with her and Ellen Shepherd went to see Mrs. Johnston. After a visit there, the remainder of the time was passed without much attention to any thing, { 266 } but I had no opportunity for writing to Mother. At dinner time I rode out to Winter Hill and found there assembled, Mr. and Mrs. Hale, Mr. and Miss Shepherd, Mr. Webster, Mr. G. Brooks, Mr. and Mrs. Johnston, Abby and myself. The dinner was pleasant but warm. Rode to Medford with Abby being much fatigued.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0008-0010

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-08-10

Sunday. 10th.

Passed the morning at home at Medford reading and amusing myself as usual. Time for a good deal of reflection upon much that has occurred during the past week. Mr. Palfrey preached and dined with us,1 and I was consequently out of civility compelled to attend Church in the afternoon. The Sermon was flowery and I was quite uncomfortable. Mr. and Mrs. P. C. Brooks Jr. and Mr. and Mrs. Everett called in the course of the evening. I did not see the latter. Took a pleasant walk to the partings, as they are called. A certain Miss Parks, a cousin, is making a stay there.2
1. John Gorham Palfrey (1796–1881), who was later to become a close associate of CFA’s in the Conscience Whig movement, was at this time Unitarian minister of the church in Brattle Square, Boston (DAB).
2. One of the daughters of Warham Parks and Rebecca (Gorham) Parks (1765–1837), who was Abigail B. Brooks’ aunt (Wyman, The Genealogies and Estates of Charlestown, 1:424).

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0008-0011

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-08-11

Monday. 11th.

Returned to Boston though not until late as Abby was long in making up her mind to accompany me. The weather was sultry and disagreeable. I went to the Office and attempted a letter to my Mother but found it absolutely impossible to succeed with it. My feelings were unsettled as I had reason to suppose that my father had arrived at Quincy. I seized the opportunity to finish my volume of Executive Record and then went to pass an hour with Abby previous to going to Quincy. George came with me to Quincy and we found my father and John. The former looking pale and thin. We were interrupted by company and so I had scarcely any more opportunity to speak to him.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0008-0012

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-08-12

Tuesday. 12th.

Morning occupied in supplying the omission occasioned by my dissipation of the preceding days. I then returned to Boston with George. The day was again exceedingly warm and I felt it much more severely than on any preceding day. Walked to Mrs. Frothingham’s twice to see Abby, wrote a short letter to my Mother,1 and feeling the { 267 } effects of exercise, I went to take a cold bath. It was pleasant but it’s effect was sudden and the fatigue of swimming, on my coming out, made evident how much strength I had lost during the past summer. Indeed I am becoming seriously apprehensive about my health. The bath restored my appetite, and I took dinner, though from utter want of appetite I had thought at first of going without. Sleep then came over me and I took a short nap at George’s Office, previous to returning to Quincy. My father looked fatigued from his day’s expedition and is very thin.
1. Missing.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0008-0013

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-08-13

Wednesday. 13th.

My sleep at times is lethargic and I find it impossible to rise quite so early as I had hoped. Besides I am entirely disarranged by the irruption of so many into my room. Rode into Boston, met Abby who was coming out to Quincy with Mrs. Dexter. Too late to turn back. Morning at the Office reading Saunders. Dined with Mr. Webster. Company, Mrs. Perkins of N.Y., Mr. and Mrs. Johnston of La., Mr. and Mrs. Everett, Mr. and Mrs. Hale, Mr. and Miss Shepherd, Mr. N. Appleton,1 Mr. J. C. Gray,2 Mr. Frothingham, Abby and myself. The dinner was a pleasant one and in better taste than any I have seen in Boston. Mr. W.’s house is really beautiful and well repays him for the expense laid upon it. Our time passed very agreeably, and at seven o’clock I took Abby to ride to Medford. The evening was pleasant and I felt uncommonly happy notwithstanding the presence of some floating clouds in my mind which portend another darkened atmosphere. I hope not.
1. Nathan Appleton (1779–1861), the Boston textile manufacturer and founder of the Suffolk banking system, who was later a Whig Congressman (DAB).
2. John Chipman Gray, Harvard 1811, a Boston lawyer (Boston Directory, 1829–1830).

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0008-0014

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-08-14

Thursday. 14th.

Returned to town, bringing Abby to Winter Hill to spend the day with Mrs. Everett. Morning at the Office, reading Saunders. The news from Louisiana is not very favourable in the latter end. In the afternoon I read the commencement of a new work upon the United States by Mr. Pitkins professing to contain an account of our civil history.1 It was interesting and contained some new views having a direct bearing upon a question which I had some time agitated in my own mind. Went to Quincy an hour earlier than usual but occupied myself in { 268 } nothing particular. Evening, conversation with father and George upon miscellaneous subjects.
1. JQA’s two copies of Timothy Pitkin’s A Political and Civil History of the United States of America, from the Year 1763 to the Close of the Administration of President Washington . . . , 2 vols., New Haven, 1828, are in the Stone Library.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0008-0015

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-08-15

Friday. 15th.

Not having any thing in particular to call me to Boston, I decided upon remaining at Quincy through the day. My time was passed in reading—a pamphlet of Governor Bernard upon the State of the Colonies, written previous to the Revolution,1 and also, some articles in the Biographia Brittanica. In the afternoon, my father and some of our family went to visit an encampment of a Boston Company now here in active service. I read the Voyage of Captain Popanilla by the author of Vivian Grey.2 Not so good but still pleasant. In the evening, the Officers of the Rangers came by invitation to drink tea, and they brought their band. Chapman of my Class is their 1st Lieutt. I was on the whole, glad to have it over.
1. Presumably Francis Bernard’s Select Letters on the Trade and Government of America, London, 1774.
2. Benjamin Disraeli, The Voyage of Captain Popanilla, London, 1828.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0008-0016

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-08-16

Saturday. 16th.

Arose later than usual and had no opportunity to finish a letter to my Mother which I had commenced,1 until I reached Boston. This occupied me until quite late and I did nothing during the morning except visiting Mr. Stuart’s Gallery of Portraits which gratified me much for an hour.2 His likeness of my father is most remarkably fine, besides many others too numerous to mention. At one o’clock I rode to Medford, found Abby and the family much as usual. In the afternoon she went with me to see Mrs. Edward Brooks at Watertown. Found them as they usually may be seen, pretty much alone. Mr. and Mrs. Wells came in shortly after, her sister.3 She has engrossed the whole of her house for her own relations which is hardly a good plan. It makes her husband separate from all his old connections. We returned after tea in a cool evening.
1. Missing.
2. The distinguished painter, Gilbert Stuart, had died in Boston on 9 July 1828, leaving very little but unfinished canvases to support his widow and his four surviving daughters. For their benefit the Boston Athenaeum held an exhibit of his work, which brought together 211 of his portraits (DAB).
3. Frances Boott, like Mrs. Edward Brooks a daughter of Kirk Boott, had married William Wells Jr. in 1808 (Columbian Centinel, 7 May 1808).

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0008-0017

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-08-17

Sunday 17th.

Morning pleasant but cool. I remained at home during the whole day not doing a great deal of any thing, principally throwing away the time in musing upon various matters presently interesting. I read over some of Michaux but it is quite profitless. I read Mr. Everett’s Oration on the fourth of July1 and I thought as I often do of the nothingness of this world. I am a speculative man, my father was right. In the evening, I had some conversation with Abby, not of a perfectly pleasant nature but it all came out right as lover’s difficulties usually do.
1. Everett’s oration was called “The History of Liberty.” See his Orations and Speeches, 1:150–172.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0008-0018

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-08-18

Monday 18th.

This day completes twenty one years of my existence. The opening stage of life has passed with me and I must abide the test of futurity by the assistance of the principles which it has given to me. Would they had been better. The future is the same impenetrable mystery which it has always been and as I step my feet off the shore, the deeper I touch, the more am I impressed with the necessity of an unlimited trust in divine assistance. Man is but a creature of necessities, his ends are the will of heaven. My own reflections are not free from care and anxiety but I can only repeat with more fervency the prayer set down in this journal at my last anniversary. Further need not be said.
Went to Boston after receiving as a birth day present a sweet little locket from Abby inclosing her hair. Morning at the Office. Received a letter from my Mother in tolerable spirits. Dined with George and John at the Exchange where they were kind enough to drink my health in a glass of Champagne. John returned with me to Quincy. In the evening my father made me a present of a thousand dollars according to his usual custom to his children on coming of age, and I took the opportunity of having some conversation with him upon my affairs which I will detail tomorrow.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0008-0019

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-08-19

Tuesday. 19th.

Previous to my starting from here to go to Boston, I continued the conversation with my father which I had commenced last evening. It related to a serious consideration of my present situation and engagements. I told him that having arrived at the time which had been pointed out by him as the termination of the condition which he pro• { 270 } posed with his consent to my marriage, I thought it necessary to come to some definite understanding upon the prospect before me; I then wished to know his views respecting the support he proposed to allow me. He went, in consequence, into a long detail of his prospects and intentions and ended without saying any thing further than that my present allowance should be continued to me. I thought that his own views were not at all well digested but that is usually the way with our family. Our conversation widened until we were interrupted by strangers, upon which I went to Boston.
Morning at the Office reading Saunders without much profit. Afternoon, a few pages of Pitkin’s book. I am beginning to be dissatisfied with my way of life. Returned to Quincy, found many persons here. Mr. Isaac Smith, Mrs. Hall1 and several other ancient characters. I was glad when they were gone. The evening appeared long and I was dull.
1. Rev. Isaac Smith (1749–1829), Harvard 1767, son of AA’s uncle Isaac, was the brother of Mrs. Elizabeth (Smith) Hall. See Adams Genealogy.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0008-0020

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-08-20

Wednesday. 20th.

Having left my keys in town, I was obliged to omit my usual occupations this morning, and in their place read part of a history of Navigation. After breakfast, went to town. Morning at the Office, not very well spent.
At the usual time I rode to Medford with Mr. Brooks in company. I took this opportunity to open the subject of my marriage and he explained his ideas and feelings with regard to the proposed arrangement. He told me that he allowed his daughter the income of twenty thousand dollars which would be twelve hundred. This united with mine will do to live tolerably well but not more. He came to nothing definite however in regard to any positive time for the marriage. It is difficult to force cautious old gentlemen out of the general phrases in which they are usually intrenched. I succeeded very well for a first effort.
On arriving at Medford, found Abby alone, her mother having gone to Concord. Passed a very pleasant afternoon and evening with her. Mrs. B. returned in the evening with her sister, Mrs. Bartlett.1
1. Mrs. George Bartlett, the former Mary Gorham, of Charlestown (Bartlett, Genealogical and Biographical Sketches of the Bartlett Family, p. 92–93).

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0008-0021

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-08-21

Thursday. 21st.

After passing an hour with Abby, I returned to Boston. Morning at { 271 } the Office reading a case or two in Saunders which is very loose reading and wasting much of my time in reading Newspapers. The result of the Kentucky election is still extremely doubtful and not less interesting.1 My own prospect depending somewhat upon it, I feel a little though not very anxious about it. Afternoon, Annual Register for 18262 and a little of Mr. Pitkin. Returned to Quincy. My father had been on a fishing expedition from which he returned somewhat heated. Passed the evening in conversation.
1. Early returns from Kentucky indicated that General Thomas Metcalfe, the Administration candidate for governor, was slightly leading his Jacksonian opponent (Daily National Intelligencer, 23 Aug. 1828).
2. The Annual Register; or, A View of the History, Politicks and Literature of the Year was published in London from 1758 to 1851.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0008-0022

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-08-22

Friday. 22nd.

I did not go to town this morning but remained and in the morning took a bath in salt water with my father, John and Thomas. I then amused myself with reading the history of Navigation as prefixed to an old collection of voyages, and afterward some passages from a volume of Voltaire. Desiring to finish all conversation with my father, I resumed the subject. I will not detail the conversation here as perhaps it may lead to nothing, but it is very certain that my feelings were cruelly hurt, and in a manner which no subsequent kindness can remedy.1 My afternoon was spent in great pain of mind and in reflection upon what it was proper to do under the state of circumstances. I wrote a letter to my Mother to divert my thoughts,2 which succeeded but poorly, and in the evening with the family.
1. 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.
2. Missing.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0008-0023

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-08-23

Saturday 23rd.

My idea of marrying this season is reluctantly abandoned and I shall be compelled to pass another winter as I did the last. My mind is gloomy enough. I rode to town, and passed the morning at the Office, reading Saunders. Received a letter from my Mother dated on my birth day and written in her kindest and most affectionate tones. { 272 } It touched me at a moment when I was sore. It gave me a balm when all else was irritation. Her kindness is that of affection, it calls forth one’s best feelings in return. Dined at Mr. Gardiner Greene’s.1 Company large, consisting more particularly of the richest men in Boston. Lt. Govr. Winthrop, Genl. Morton, Mr. Quincy, Mr. Hubbard,2 Appleton, Joy, Parker, Ritchie,3 J. Russell,4 Mr. Brooks and others. Edmund Quincy and I did very well. After a handsome dinner, I rode to Medford in a beautiful evening.
1. Gardiner Greene, who owned much valuable Boston real estate, had a house on Tremont Street, behind which he developed “a hillside garden that was one of the wonders of the first third of the nineteenth century” (Whitehill, Boston: A Topographical History, p. 106–107).
2. Samuel Hubbard (1785–1847), the law partner of Charles Jackson, lived on Bumstead Place (Boston Directory, 1829–1830).
3. William Ritchie, a merchant, who lived at 3 Cambridge Street (same).
4. Joseph Russell, who lived at 5 Park Street (same).

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0008-0024

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-08-24

Sunday. 24th.

This was a warm day and I was glad to keep the shelter of the house during the whole of it. Amused myself by reading large portions of Wilson’s Ornithology, the style of which pleases me, being written con amore.1 In the afternoon Sidney Brooks and his wife with her sister, and Wm. Worthington of Washington came out together in a carriage. I was surprised to see the last mentioned, the others were expected. They remained and drank tea here. Sidney looks thin and unwell. The evening and night were exceedingly warm.
1. Alexander Wilson, American Ornithology, 9 vols., Phila., 1808–1814.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-08-25

Monday. 25th.

I felt the heat of this day more severely than that of any other this summer. It was scorching in the midst of brick walls. Returned to Boston in the morning and passed the day mostly at the Office doing nothing. Took a cold bath but it heated me so much to return from it that I derived little benefit from it. Thomas passed much of the afternoon with me. I had intended remaining in Boston, but the heat and the impossibility of getting lodgings prevailed over the Dame Blanche.1 Rode to Quincy. Moonlight.
1. The opera by Adrien Boïeldieu (1775–1834) (Percy A. Scholes, The Oxford Companion to Music, London, 1955).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-08-26

Tuesday. 26th.

Rode into Boston, John being with me, the weather being exceedingly warm. Morning at the Office, but it was too warm to read any { 273 } Law, and I decided upon taking a bath. This occupied pretty much all the morning, after which I dined with John at the Exchange Coffee House. Met Lt. F. C. Hall of the Marines who amused us though at his own expence.1 He had taken rather fully of the grape. After all this was over I rode to Medford. Found Abby well and walked to the partings with her. Evening very warm, making a succession of hotter days than any this season.
1. Francis C. Hall, a second lieutenant in the marine corps (Mass. Register, 1828, p. 214).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-08-27

Wednesday. 27th.

This being Commencement day and my year for taking the last benefit of my education, I rode from Medford to Cambridge early in the morning. Found the town about as much crowded as usual upon similar occasions. It was the first time that I had ever proposed to go through with a day of this kind regularly. I formed in the procession as a candidate for the Master of Arts degree.1 Our Class was rather more full than I had expected to see it. There being nearly thirty, and among those present were many whom I was rather pleased to see. I had not anticipated any gratification but when we came together again among the old scenes, it brought up the remembrance of our greater or less intimacy with every individual, and I was agreeably disappointed.
We walked to the Chapel and sat through the exercises which were uncommonly clever, for College parts, after which we took our first dinner in Commons Hall. Every thing tended to remind one of College days and scenes. We then visited the rooms of two or three of the graduating class. Winthrop and Chapman. Many ladies were present and a number of our College acquaintances. The next thing was a return to town, but not before visiting the humble offering of our class to those who have left us. Poor Sheafe, I thought of him, but the past is to us as nothing. And the remembrance of him is all I am to keep for the rest of life. I drove Lothrop into Boston, and we went to take our third dinner with the Class, at the Boston Coffee House. There were but seventeen present, but among them, were Dwight, Howard and Richardson of my particular friends. Lothrop, Fisher, Prescott, Chapman, Fay, Lodge,2 Lord, Sherwin, Cole,3 Hedge, and one other whose name has escaped me, who graduated. Bellows and Davis, who belonged, but did not graduate.4 We had a pleasant time and parted late, after which I slept at the Exchange.
1. The degree of Master of Arts at Harvard was granted upon application three years after the date of the Bachelor’s degree until 1869, when it was { 274 } awarded only on examination (Harvard Quinquennial Cat., p. 131).
2. Giles Henry Lodge, Harvard 1825.
3. Jonathan Cole, Harvard 1825.
4. John N. Bellows, of Boston (Harvard Annual Cat. 1822), and Charles Henry Davis (1807–1877), the future Civil War admiral (DAB).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-08-28

Thursday. 28th.

I cannot bear the excitement of dissipation as I once could. This day was passed in paying the price of yesterday’s pleasure. John being himself unwell, we gave up the plan we had formed of going to Nahant, and I went to the Office where I passed a quiet day. This is the day usually devoted to Cambridge,1 but though I passed a pleasant time yesterday, my fondness for Cambridge was very transient, and I feel now very slightly disposed to a further intimacy with it. I did not dine, my system having been in a disordered state and injured very much yesterday. My spirits also having been much forced, the re-action was proportional. Returned to Quincy with John and passed the evening quietly. The President returned late.
1. The Phi Beta Kappa exhibition and the Boylston prize declamations were being held at Harvard (JQA to LCA, 24 Aug. 1828, Adams Papers).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-08-29

Friday. 29th.

My languor disappeared but left me quite unwell. John was so sick as to keep his room all day. I went to Boston. The day was quite warm. Passed the morning at the office excepting a short time taken up in visiting Mrs. Sidney Brooks. Met there Abby and Mr. and Mrs. Everett but left them directly after. My spirits still in poor condition and I have become dissatisfied with my way of life without having any very great prospect of a change for the better. Returned to Quincy in the afternoon, not being able to get a room for the night, to be able to witness the representation of the French Company. The weather was warm. Retired very early.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-08-30

Saturday. 30th.

I remained until quite late at Quincy this morning without doing much, owing to my time being wasted in waiting for my father who rode to town in my gig with me. The weather continued quite warm and our ride being thrown into the heat of the day made it fatiguing. Called at the Office. Fisher and Richardson came in and paid me visits which took the whole of the time allowable to my stay in Boston. Called at Dr. Welsh’s for my father, and carried him with me to Medford. We found assembled the family, consisting of Edward B. { 275 } and his wife, Sidney with his, Chardon, Mr. and Mrs. Everett, Mr. Frothingham and the regular family. Mrs. F. was not able to be there owing to the production of another male animal in human shape, in other words, an infant fifth child.1 We had a pleasant day, Mrs. Everett sat next to me and was agreeable as usual. It is rather singular that those do not unite all the domestic qualities who possess the social ones in their greatest extent. The one however is acquired by habit, the other is a jewel above price. I passed the evening conversing with Abby, though in very low spirits.
1. Mrs. Frothingham had just given birth to Ward Brooks Frothingham. See Adams Genealogy.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-08-31

Sunday 31st.

My low spirits still continued, not materially decreased by the circumstances that my stomach was somewhat out of order. My father also seemed much out of spirits. The weather continued as warm as ever; I went to Meeting and heard Mr. Frothingham preach. He came from Boston in the morning and went to West Cambridge in the afternoon. His style is not energetic enough, it is the weaving of a mist, signifying little, and merely obscuring the Sun. I did not go in the afternoon nor did I occupy myself usefully. My spirits have been in but poor condition since the agitation of this question about my marriage which is more enveloped in doubt and darkness. Evening, conversation with Abby and afterwards with Mr. Brooks merely on common topics.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-09-01

September 1828. Monday. 1st.

Returned to town this morning with my father. The weather was exceedingly warm and our ride a hot one. Owing to the difficulty between him and myself which has destroyed all cordiality between us, conversation is rather stiff and often ceases entirely. Upon the most mature reflection that I can give, it seems to me that I have been treated in a manner which is not justifiable under any system of treatment between parent and child. My father is making the matter worse by not in some measure repairing the mischief, for on a subject like this, it is the duty of every man, whether son or father, first to respect himself. I neither can nor will consent to be treated like a child. Enough.
Morning at the Office. Called upon Richardson in the afternoon after having dined with George at Dr. Welsh’s. I passed a couple of { 276 } hours chatting with R. and then adjourned to the Exchange previous to going to the Opera. The weather was very warm but I was resolved not to lose the opportunity of seeing Der Freyschutz as performed by the French Company. The House was filled with the most fashionable society in Boston. The afterpiece called les Rendezvous Bourgeois1 was performed first, and was laughable enough. Then came Robin des Bois with which I was highly gratified. This New Orleans Company have great merit as a Company though no single individual very much excels. You are pleased to hear them because they perform in good taste. Returned to the Exchange at twelve.
1. By Nicolo Isouard.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-09-02

Tuesday. 2nd.

After breakfast, went to the Office much earlier than usual. Sat down to read a little of Chitty on Contracts1 but was interrupted by the entrance of Richardson and my cousin T. B. Adams who passed an hour with me. The weather has changed at last and now gives us damp and showery moments. Afternoon passed quietly at the Office looking over some of the practical parts of the law. Thomas B. Adams called at five, and rode out with me to Quincy. Found the family as usual. Mr. Frye returned from Maine. The news from my Mother is not of the pleasantest and I am afraid my letter of the 23rd has not been calculated to improve it.2 Conversation with John and Thomas in the evening.
1. Joseph Chitty Jr., A Practical Treatise on the Law of Contracts, Not under Seal, London, 1826.
2. CFA’s letter of 23 August is missing. LCA, it was reported from Washington, had “erisypelas or inflammation of the head pressing on the brain, and also on the heart” (CFA to Abigail B. Brooks, 18 Sept. 1828, Adams Papers).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-09-03

Wednesday 3rd.

Morning, rode to town, although the weather looked exceedingly threatening and unpleasant. At the Office, reading as usual, but determined upon going to Medford notwithstanding the rain. I rode out at dinner time and it seemed to me as if all the floods had collected to pour down upon this special occasion. I was well protected from it and so it mattered little. Found the family as usual. In the afternoon, as the weather looked rather more favourably, I went with Abby over to Winter Hill to see Mrs. Everett, and finding her well, we stopped and took tea. Mr. Felton, a young man who graduated after me at Cambridge, came in.1 He is now engaged in keeping a school at Geneseo in New York. It was rather a remarkable day for a visit of this kind but I { 277 } have seldom been at Mr. E.’s, when the family were entirely alone. Mr. E. was very pleasant and we did not return home to Medford until quite late.
1. Cornelius Conway Felton (1807–1862), Harvard 1827, was the future president of Harvard (DAB).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-09-04

Thursday. 4th.

Returned to Boston with Abby whom I left at Mrs. Frothingham’s, then to the Office. Found the accounts from home rather more favourable. At the Office reading, but not so profitably as I ought to have done. Afternoon, reading the speeches of Messrs. Giles and Bayard on the bill relating to the Judiciary.1 Then called at Mrs. Frothingham’s to see Abby but found she had left town, upon which I left myself, with George. On our arrival at Quincy, we found the President had gone out on a fishing party with the gentlemen of the town. On their return they announced an unsuccessful day, on account of the violence of the wind. It was rather a singular day to attempt an expedition of the kind. I felt sleepy and retired early. John had recovered.
1. In the 1801 debate on the Federalist “judiciary reform measure” and the Jeffersonian attempts to repeal the act, Representative James Asheton Bayard, of Delaware (1767–1815), vigorously upheld the Federalist position, and William Branch Giles, of Virginia, defended the Republican view (Annals of Congress, 7 Cong., 1 sess., p. 603–627, 579–602).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-09-05

Friday. September 5th.

Rode to town this morning with George in my gig. Morning at the Office occupied as usual. Met with Mr. Meredith, a young man whom I knew formerly at Cambridge and who graduated some time after me.1 Dined with him at the Exchange and drank some Sherry until I began to feel it’s weight. Took a cup of Coffee to cure it and read part of Williston’s Eloquence of the United States.2 In the evening, went to the Exchange Coffee House and found my father, John and Thomas arrived to go [to] the Theatre. I joined them and we saw the French Opera of the Barber of Seville performed together with the little piece called le procès du Fandango. Rossini’s music of this Opera is to me exceedingly delightful and it was very well performed by this Orchestra. The performers did well although none of them came near those whom I saw in the Italian piece of the same name two years ago at New York. On the whole I was much delighted and returned to the Exchange well pleased, though with a tolerably severe head ache. It was after one o’clock before I slept.
1. George Augustus Meredith, Harvard 1827.
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2. JQA’s copy of Eloquence of the United States, ed. Ebenezer Bancroft Williston, 5 vols., Middletown, Conn., 1827, is in the Stone Library.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-09-06

Saturday. 6th.

Breakfasted at the Exchange and morning at the Office. But I felt very much out of a proper condition to do any thing, as I had been so much excited last evening. I felt unwilling to do any thing and passed my time in doubt whether to go to Medford before dinner or not and finally decided that I would not. I accordingly dined in town and passed an hour in reading Williston’s book. After which I rode to Medford, found some Company there, and as I did not wish to see them, walked an hour or two in the garden. The family seemed disappointed at my not coming earlier. I do not know what it is that induces me to hesitate so much about this thing, but I have so much sensitiveness about worrying other people that it makes it a torment. Abby said nothing but I thought she felt it. Evening, conversation with her.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-09-07

Sunday. 7th.

Sidney Brooks and his wife are here on a visit, Chardon is sick with an attack of Cholera Morbus and this makes the family quite large. I remained at home all day and considering this, did little or nothing. The weather was quite warm. In the afternoon, Edward Brooks and his wife came over, and Mr. Everett, to discuss a question about Lowell. They wanted to make up a party to go to Lowell tomorrow and asked me to go, to which I consented. And so it was arranged. I had a delightfully pleasant conversation with Abby in the evening until interrupted by the arrival of my brothers George and John. This was rather surprising. They came to announce to me that my father was going to return to Washington in consequence of the continued illness of my Mother, and moreover that he expected me to accompany him when he should go, that is on Thursday next. The idea had occurred to me today that it might be advisable for me to go on this autumn, particularly as the election seemed less probable; but I had no expectation of going so soon. The thing was arranged before they left, and I understood that I was to go on Thursday.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-09-08

Monday 8th.

I was not deterred from the party to Lowell and accordingly after an early breakfast, we started, Abby with me in my Gig. We passed through the towns of Woburn, Billerica, Chelmsford and arrived at { 279 } Lowell before twelve. Our party consisted of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Brooks, Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Brooks, Abby, Miss Phillips1 and myself. Lowell is a curiosity from the circumstance that it is a new creation from what is called the American System, having risen within six years by the investment made by the rich Boston people in manufactures of printed calicoes and other cottons. The place is situated at the confluence of the Merrimack and Concord rivers. From the former, which here runs rapidly on a gradual decline, they derive their water power, not however directly but by means of a canal dug to the level of the bed of the river which diverges, and the water can be thus conducted at pleasure. It is carried round a semicircle of about a mile and a half and there falls again, into the Concord river, where it joins the Merrimack. They have thus a large extent of water power, which can also be increased at pleasure by cutting sluices at any time at right angles with the river thro’ this inclosed space. They have already four millions of dollars invested here, in the manufacture of printed cottons, of machinery for works of the kind, of jeans, and they propose shortly commencing one of carpets. In the afternoon we examined the principal works, through which Mr. Kirk Boott, the superintendant, was kind enough to lead us.2 We afterwards drank tea at his house and saw his wife, a lady-like woman. But the exertion of the day was very great and I was not a little fatigued so that I was glad to get home, and retire. My home tonight however was but a poor hotel.
1. Susan Phillips, a daughter of John Phillips and Lydia (Gorham) Phillips, Mrs. P. C. Brooks’ sister (Henry Bond, Genealogies of the Families and Descendants of the Early Settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts, Boston, 1855, 2:886).
2. Kirk Boott (1790–1837), one of the founders of Lowell, the agent of the Merrimack Manufacturing Company and its virtual “dictator” (DAB).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-09-09

Tuesday. 9th.

The morning found us in an unfortunate storm of rain, which displayed every prospect of a continuance throughout the day. An unpleasant incident as it made us feel a prospect of a dull day. But on the whole, we had a merry party. The ladies had a fire and sat down to work and read with the assistance of the circulating library and the gentlemen passed the morning in the Billiard Room. Our party was rather noisy and on the whole made an exceedingly lively morning. After dinner we came to the determination of abandoning our quarters, at which I was much pleased, as I was certainly not in the humour for a lonely ride which must have been my lot, had they decided to wait for clear weather. Abby went down with me and was { 280 } not at all wet owing to the direction in which we went. I seldom remember a more pleasant ride. On our return, found a report that my father had already started, which I would not believe, and a foolish Note from Harriet Welsh.1 Evening with Abby.
1. Missing.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-09-10

Wednesday. 10th.

Parted from Abby for a short time. I could not increase the regret by a formal leave taking and so separated by surprise. She is dearer to me than ever, though she herself pretends now to doubt my feelings. I hope this parting will rather tend to produce an improvement in our mutual prospects, and at any rate if we are not to be married, it is an advisable step, for with her, the delay now wears upon me.
Rode to Boston and found the report true, that my father upon receiving some alarming intelligence from my Aunt Smith in relation to a terrible attack on my Mother of this same disease which she has been suffering from, had hurried off on Monday and I was expected to follow them immediately. I then occupied myself all the morning in arranging my affairs. It is peculiarly inconvenient to me to go at this time, but I must go. I paid my debts, and drove George with me to Quincy where I passed the afternoon in packing my trunk and preparing all things for my journey. We stopped to tea and found Mrs. Lunt and her son1 with Miss Whitney2 at the house. Took leave and returned to town to the Exchange where I took Supper, George being with me. My anxiety about my mother a little diminished by the favourable letters received this morning from Aunt Smith and John’s wife.3
1. Presumably the Rev. William Parsons Lunt (1805–1857), Harvard 1823, and his mother, Mary (Green) Lunt (Quincy, First Church, MS Records, p. 15–19).
2. Mary Parsons Whitney (1810–1889), who later married Richard Cranch Greenleaf. See Adams Genealogy.
3. Both missing.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-09-11

Thursday 11th.

Roused exceedingly early by the receipt of the mail, which announced to me that my Mother was a little better.1 I sat down and wrote a short Note to George2 before dressing myself to go off on my Journey. The Providence Stage started at a little after four o’clock, and we arrived at Providence in time for the Steam Boat Washington at twelve. Nothing remarkable occurred excepting one of those awkward conversations between two gentlemen in the Stage concerning the relative merits of Genl. Jackson and my father which I dislike very { 281 } much to interfere in and yet which make me feel on thorns. Luckily little was said of an offensive character as the two were administration men and they shortly discovered who I was. We started directly in the Steam Boat with a large number of passengers of whom I scarcely knew a soul. I made acquaintance with Mr. Morse of New York, a painter3 who knew me before I did him. The passage was remarkable for nothing but delay by a head wind, which retarded us two miles an hour in a trip otherwise perfectly fair. My sleep as bad as usual.
1. Letter missing.
2. Missing.
3. Samuel Finley Breese Morse (1791–1872), later more famous as the inventor of the electric telegraph, had studied painting under Benjamin West in London (DAB).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-09-12

Friday. 12th.

The day was bright and clear and the sun rose splendidly as we were still more than sixty miles from New York. We were consequently all the morning in passing these and arrived barely at twelve. Indeed I was apprehensive that I should be compelled to wait, but by an immediate exertion on the part of the driver of a hackney coach, another gentleman and I succeeded in making good our course. The Captain was just giving the order to push off. Our hurry through Broadway was ludicrous as our hackman’s horses were not accustomed to such unusual speed. But I was saved by it a ride at Night in the Mail. We arrived in the Steamboat Bellona at New Brunswick, took Stage immediately and reached Trenton at ten to sleep. I was treated with great attention and kindness throughout.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-09-13

Saturday. 13th.

We were called shortly after four o’clock, to take the Steamboat for Philadelphia. The morning was clear until sunrise when a thick fog enveloped us and a wind from the South, rising to remove it, made us feel quite uncomfortably. Our boat called the Marco Bossaris, which I remember as our rival once in the Saratoga coming from Poughkeepsie two years since, was but an indifferent concern. I had no acquaintance on board, but a gentleman sought mine and discussed politics of which I was cautious. Arrived at Philadelphia. I immediately sat down and wrote a letter to Abby according to my promise, but it was in the Steamboat and without much opportunity for accommodation. Besides doing this, I had time enough to walk up Chesnut Street and buy some Peaches before the starting hour of the Steam Boat for New Castle.
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At twelve I was again off with a company as little known to me as any I had yet met with. The passage was marked with no incident excepting that just as I was landing, a man shook my hand and seemed glad to see me for he said he seldom saw great men. This rather amused me, for it was the first intimation of my having actually done something though I am stared at enough. In the half tipsy condition of this man, the ideas of the Father and son, in themselves perfectly distinct, had become very much confounded into one and so in saluting me, he seemed to have a notion he had come across the President himself with only a slight alteration. Indeed generally, though we live in so republican a country, people find it extremely difficult to keep entirely separated the idea of family distinction, and this creates the peculiar advantages together with the disadvantages of a situation like our’s. A bold active mind might profit by it, I feel aware that he could, and at the same time feel fully conscious of my own incapacity to do it. But enough. Our ride from New Castle to Frenchtown took the usual time and we found ourselves in the Steamboat Philadelphia about to pass a night as well as we could.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-09-14

Sunday 14th.

We arrived at Baltimore at about four o’clock and I dressed immediately to go up and obtain a seat in the Mail for Washington. But I found great difficulty in getting any place at all owing to the number of persons going on, and it was only by taking an outside seat in an extra stage that I managed to go on. Nothing particular happened but in travelling onward I could not help remarking how very much altered was the state of my feelings at this time from any preceding journey in this direction. My interests and associations are now fixed elsewhere and nothing but the remaining term of my father’s Presidency whether short or long gives it any kind of charm. I dressed myself upon my arrival at Gadsby’s1 and walked up to the house.
Found my Mother very much better and sitting up though still extremely weak from the great violence of her attack. Mary, my brother’s wife, very well, Abby Adams, my Aunt and Uncle Smith, my father and John very well. Those compose the family. The two last only arrived yesterday. They all treated me very kindly. I conversed with my Mother until dinner time, and after it, rode with John to my Aunt Frye’s, where they seemed quite glad to see me. But on returning I came near finishing my visit. John’s horse became restless, and I was thrown out in one of his plunges. My head was bruised and my shoulder but luckily with no further damage, which considering { 283 } my very flat and heavy fall, may be esteemed providential. I walked home and retired soon after, being in much pain.
1. Gadsby’s National Hotel, on Pennsylvania Avenue at Sixth Street (Bryan, Hist. of the National Capital, 2:61).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-09-15

Monday. 15th.

Arose this morning with a headache and numb feeling in my shoulder which gradually disappeared in the course of the day. I passed a large part of the morning with my Mother, who did not appear so well today. She talked a great deal with me upon indifferent subjects. I then took a walk and stopped at Johnson Hellen’s Office,1 found him alone, and talked a great deal with him upon the only subject in which he appears to feel any decided interest, the election. I talked with him, though my interest rises in that sickly kind of way which precedes immediate loathing. In the afternoon, I sat down and wrote to Abby, a long letter giving an account of every thing of interest which I could find, all of which did not amount to much, for a less interesting journey, it seems to me that I never took in my whole life.2 Our way of life here is one of luxury and strongly contrasts with mine in Boston. But I feel little or no attachment to it now, and am surprised at my own indifference. Evening with my Mother.
1. Johnson Hellen now had an office on Eleventh Street, near Pennsylvania Avenue (Washington Directory, 1830).
2. From this entry through that of 4 November, CFA’s diary is again filled with references to letters received from, or written to, his fiancée. Unless otherwise noted, all these letters are in the Adams Papers. In many ways these letters are similar to those Charles and Abigail exchanged during their earlier separation (see entry for 25 Mar. 1827, and note, above), but this time the engaged couple seemed less formal, more intimate. CFA himself was aware of the change, for he wrote Abigail: “I am obtaining that kind of easy manner by custom, which enables me to tell you the prettiest things in a natural way, without appearing to assume that ridiculous sentimental sick tone” (19 Oct. 1828). Filled with constant assurances of eternal affection, with speculations as to when their marriage could take place, and with anticipations of future happiness, the letters do not contain much noteworthy news, but they do show that this visit to the capital taught CFA two worthwhile lessons. “It has put me very much out of conceit with Washington,” he told Abigail, “and consequently reconciled me much more to Boston” (29 [i.e. 28] Sept. 1828). Second, and more important, it removed any lingering attraction that Mary C. Hellen (now Mrs. JA2) might have had for him. Now he could assure Abigail “how infinitely superior you are to my sister in law . . . the only individual who ever stood in the least in your way with me by contrast” (22 Oct. 1828).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-09-16

Tuesday. 16th.

Morning, arose much better. With rubbing my shoulder with spirit, I have prevented any serious consequence, but it was a serious injury and came near making my visit a pretty disagreeable one. My { 284 } Mother was much better this morning and I passed it with her, in general conversation. Afternoon, wrote a short letter to George,1 and received a long one from Abby written only the day after I left her. This gave me great pleasure and put me in good spirits for the day. I could not think of wasting all my time however and so began the Works of Burke in a copy which John has been so kind as to give me, a most acceptable present. I passed the evening with my Mother.
1. Missing.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-09-17

Wednesday. 17th.

The stiffness of my shoulder is gradually disappearing. Morning occupied as usual in conversation with my Mother. She seems much better than on Monday and I now hope will rapidly recover. My way of life will probably have but little of interest for some time, as I live here in a regular course of doing nothing. This rather displeases me as I can not yet bring down my mind to a life of nothingness. In the afternoon I read a portion of Burke, consisting of his Vindication of Natural Society in the manner of Bolingbroke. He succeeds tolerably well, though sometimes he almost caricatures.
Took a short walk, and was struck with the appearance of the City. Feeling now little or no interest in the place, it seems to me more like the description which travelers give of it than it ever did before. The general indolent character of the population had often struck me, but never so much as now when I am habituated to a system of life so totally different. Indeed this year has made some strange changes in my character and disposition. I feel them more since I have had occasion to adapt them to our state of society at home. As the freshness of meeting wears off, it will become more strongly perceptible. Evening at home with my Mother.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-09-18

Thursday. 18th.

Morning passed as usual with my Mother. She seemed tolerably well today. In the afternoon, wrote a letter to Abby which occupied me pleasantly the whole time until dinner. This took up pretty much the whole day, and I only read a few pages of Burke. John passes his time pretty much in shooting. The rest of the family in their rooms. A singular disposition among us which renders absurd any attempt at society. Evening with my Mother.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-09-19

Friday 19th.

Morning passed with my Mother. Conversation relative to my { 285 } prospects and the situation in which my conversation with my father places me. I have not yet recovered from that and my feelings are more alienated from him than I feel entirely willing to express. It was extremely unfortunate that this thing occurred for it has had an extremely depressing effect upon my spirits. Disappointed in not having any letter from Abby. Afternoon, reading Burke, dissertation upon Taste. Evening with my Mother.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-09-20

Saturday 20th.

Morning passed in conversation with my Mother. Spirits tolerably good. For the first time she went out and took a ride. The effort was very considerable, but on the whole she seemed to bear it as well as we could expect. I amused myself reading Burke. Paid one or two visits today. One to Mrs. Clay and one to Mrs. Rush. My object in coming here this time was not to go out at all, but I think it as well since I am here to pay this mark of respect. Evening with my Mother.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-09-21

Sunday 21st.

I had intended to have gone to Church this morning, but happening to go to my Mother’s room, I became engaged in a conversation with her which made me pass the time without attending to it. We talked over affairs of the family of an interesting though scarcely of a pleasant description. And I discussed my own prospects without much illuminating my mind upon the subject. Thus passed the morning. I received a letter from Abby at last and it had a good effect upon my spirits during the whole day afterwards. Took a ride with my Mother who is recovering rapidly. The remainder of the day occupied in answering Abby’s letter. Evening with my Mother.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0009-0022

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-09-22

Monday 22nd.

Morning at home as usual. Little or nothing of interest occurring. Politics extremely uninteresting although the crisis so nearly approaches. My mother is gradually gathering strength and rides out every day. The only danger is from attempting too much. Received a letter from Richardson1 to my great surprise who tells me that he is now Attorney at Law at Newton, Mass. So things go, but by coming at this time, I lose my admission, this term of the Common Pleas. I answered his letter on my return from my ride with my Mother.2 It occupied me until dinner. My father has given me some copying by way of business. Evening with my Mother.
1. Missing.
2. Letter missing.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0009-0023

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-09-23

Tuesday. 23rd.

Morning at home as usual, with my Mother. Conversation somewhat exhausted but her spirits seem to remain tolerably good. I begin to feel considerable inconvenience from want of exercise and my spirits by some manner of means seem to be very much depressed. Received a letter from George,1 communicating to me the result of the business instructions which I have given him. He has invested for me of the sum of one thousand dollars which my father gave me on my coming of age, four hundred and fifty dollars in six shares of the Boston Bank at seventy five dollars a share, and four hundred and twenty dollars in seven shares of the State Bank with an advance upon them of twenty one dollars as they have the dividend on. There is still a balance of more than a hundred dollars which he is seeking to invest. This was on the whole, quite satisfactory, and I felt relieved from some anxiety on this account. Went to ride with my Mother and occupied the afternoon in answering George.2 I could not get all that I have to say in one letter. Evening with my Mother.
1. Missing.
2. Letter missing.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0009-0024

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-09-24

Wednesday. 24th.

Morning at home, but instead of going to ride with my Mother, I took a walk today. Went to see the Solar Microscope which is exhibiting here.1 The room was suffocatingly hot, and it was not worth seeing after the philosophical lecture of Mr. Farrar at Cambridge. I was glad to escape and call in at Johnson’s Office to see him. He was full of his Carpenters and building. So is my brother John. This latter gentleman seems to be making up his mind to remain here. This is certainly better for me, and it may be so for himself. Of this he ought to be and is the Judge. My own views must be different if I live. But I have again terrible spirits, about myself, which have not worried me before since the Spring. Took a walk, and on my return, read a part of Burke’s Essay on the sublime and Beautiful. Evening with the family.
1. A solar microscope, “which magnifies objects one million times their natural size,” was being shown in a house east of the Rotunda on Pennsylvania Avenue (Daily National Intelligencer, 24 Sept. 1828).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-09-25

Thursday. 25th.

Morning at home. Copied a small portion of the Vaughan Papers on the North Eastern Boundary.1 Little or nothing remarkable occurred. Went to ride with my Mother and passed the afternoon in { 287 } writing a letter to Abby. It is now a long time since I have heard from her and what with this, and with my situation here, I felt very much depressed. I have been troubled with a head ache for some days. In the evening, Mrs. Frye and Mrs. Smith amused the family much but I was not in the feeling of high spirits.
1. Benjamin Vaughan (1751–1835), who had been influential in promoting confidence between the American commissioners and Lord Shelburne in the peace negotiations at the end of the War for Independence, now lived at Hallowell, Maine. In 1828 he sent JQA copies of his papers relating to the definition of the Maine boundary in 1782–1783. See DAB; Benjamin Vaughan to JQA, 28 Oct. 1828, Adams Papers, enclosing volumes 2 and 3 of the letterbooks Vaughan kept during the negotiation of the Treaty of Paris.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-09-26

Friday. 26th.

I am satisfied that this very still method of life will never do for me. A year has produced such a change. This day produced nothing remarkable. A long expected letter from Abby which did not gratify me as much as I expected for it was rather in a complaining tone. My head ache came on very badly after my return from a ride, and grew worse until evening when I was compelled to retire, being exceedingly sick at my stomach. I therefore went to bed fearful of a lung attack and excessively depressed in mind.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-09-27

Saturday 27th.

Arose feeling tolerably well but had scarcely got through with breakfast when my nausea returned with some violence. And some medicine I took made me feel very poorly. Passed the larger part of the day with my Mother who did not seem so well. Rode out with her. Weather pleasant. Afternoon occupied in copying some of the Vaughan papers and evening with the family.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-09-28

Sunday 28th.

Awoke this morning feeling quite well, but the idea of sickness has so pervaded me that I cannot get rid of the impression that I am sick. Morning with my Mother. My father came in and entered into conversation respecting houses in Boston which seemed to imply some overture to me. But I did not take it as such for it seemed to me indirect and his plan which related to Quincy’s house very absurd, if he applied it to me. This house rents for eight hundred and fifty dollars, altogether larger than I desire one.1 My Mother did not ride today. Wrote a letter to Abby.2 I feel a little put out at her writing as she does. It makes correspondence tame not to answer letters im• { 288 } mediately. Evening with my Mother. Johnson Hellen dined here and we talked politics as usual with him.
1. JQA contemplated buying a house owned by Mayor Quincy in the Colonnade, one of a series of nineteen houses extending along Tremont Street, from West Street to Mason Street. CFA misunderstood his purposes, however, for the President intended it for his own use after retirement (JQA to GWA, 28 Sept. 1828; LCA to GWA, 30 [i.e. 29] Sept. 1828, Adams Papers; Whitehill, Boston: A Topographical History, p. 66).
2. CFA’s letter in the Adams Papers is erroneously dated 29 Sept.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-09-29

Monday. 29th.

Morning passed at home. Tolerably well, but so completely convinced that I am sick that I determined to take some more medicine. Read aloud to my Mother a portion of Irving’s Life of Columbus.1 Received two letters, one from George2 and one from Abby. The former on business, informing me that one hundred dollars more had been invested in one share of the American Bank at 3 per cent advance, for which I am to have a dividend tomorrow. Also that I might have an Office in Court Street and that he was taking measures to have me admitted. All this is good news and after my return from my ride with my Mother I answered him in full upon all these points.3 The other letter from Abby, was not less pleasant although it complained of the coldness of my first letter which very much astonished me. It put me in tolerable spirits notwithstanding. For the first time since my arrival we had company to dinner.
Mr. Duponceau and his grand-daughter from Philadelphia,4 Genl. Harrison who starts for Colombia,5 and a certain Col. Thomas,6 with Johnson Hellen formed the Company. Bernay the Cook gave us a chef d’oeuvre of science and skill in the culinary art and for my life I could not avoid indulging though I knew I should be obliged to pay for it. The evening passed as usual. I had some conversation with Johnson afterwards.
1. CFA’s copy of Washington Irving’s A History of the Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus, 3 vols., N.Y., 1828, is in the Stone Library.
2. Missing.
3. Letter missing.
4. Pierre Etienne Du Ponceau (1760–1844), who had served as a French volunteer in the American Revolution, was now a leading Philadelphia lawyer (DAB).
5. William Henry Harrison (1773–1841), the future President, had been appointed minister to Colombia on 24 May 1828 (Biog. Dir. Cong.).
6. Possibly James Thomas, of Massachusetts, formerly a colonel in the quartermaster general’s office (Heitman, Register U.S. Army).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-09-30

Tuesday. 30th.

Took some medicine today again in order to prevent any recurrence { 289 } of these bilious symptoms during my stay here. The operation of it was not severe which convinces me that there was less occasion for it than I imagined. Morning passed with my Mother who seemed much better. Nothing occurred worthy of notice. My father seems at last to be making some arrangements for removal. But as yet I find nothing definite. I feel tempted to leave this place very much were it not that my Mother would suffer so much from it. Wrote a letter to Abby which took the afternoon,1 and passed the evening quietly with my Mother.
1. CFA’s letter in the Adams Papers is erroneously dated 1 October.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-10-01

Wednesday. October 1st.

The weather today was cloudy with occasional showers of rain which kept us all in the house. I passed nearly the whole day in company with my Mother and endeavouring to amuse her. To this end, I read a little more of the life of Columbus to her. She seems to be recovering more rapidly. But occasionally I see a symptom which alarms me more than I wish to say, and today, she had a violent one. Received a pleasant letter from Abby who seems to desire my return almost as much as I wish it myself. I did nothing today, and this perfect vegetation of existence is terrible to me, though the course is now such as to be only in me the fulfilment of a duty.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-10-02

Thursday. 2nd.

My room was changed this morning and I was established on much more comfortable principles than heretofore. Morning occupied in copying the Vaughan papers. The day was exceedingly fine and I took the opportunity of calling on Krehmer in return for his visit1 and paying a visit to Mrs. Johnston. I then walked down into the town to consult my tailor, for my clothes are in rather poor condition. Afternoon and evening with my Mother in conversation.
1. George Krehmer, second secretary of the Russian legation, with whom CFA as a boy had played in St. Petersburg (Force, National Calendar, 1829, p. 240; CFA to Abigail B. Brooks, 25 Sept. 1828, Adams Papers).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-10-03

Friday. 3rd.

Morning fine. It was passed without any attention to any particular subject. The morning is so wasted by the late hour of breakfast and the time I pass in company with my Mother, that I have no time at all to occupy myself in any thing remarkably useful. Took a ride with her and Mary. On my return, occupied myself in writing a letter { 290 } to Abby which was not completed when dinner was announced. Mr. Williams of Baltimore dined here.1 He is District Attorney of Maryland, and a great friend to the present Government, and reported to be a man of talents, but I did not discover any thing particularly agreeable in his conversation. In the evening, I was with my Mother part of the evening and a part of it conversing with Mary.
1. Nathaniel Williams, the United States district attorney for Maryland (Force, National Calendar, 1828, p. 271).

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0010-0004

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-10-04

Saturday 4th.

Morning at home. Copied a good deal of the Vaughan papers before breakfast. Had an amusing and laughable conversation with Mrs. Smith and my Mother upon our prospects of which we make a laugh now at any rate. Received a letter from Abby informing me of her intention of going to pass a month at New York with her sister Fanny. I have no objection to this arrangement and have many reasons for liking it. It will have a good effect upon her to be away from home and it may prevent the repetition of importunity at a more unseasonable time. But I have a kind of apprehension attending it, that in some measure it may retard my marriage, a step which my mind is now bent upon with singular pertinacity. Rode out with my Mother, and found it late before my return, so that I did nothing before dinner and only sat conversing after it, during the evening.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-10-05

Sunday. 5th.

Morning at home copying a portion of Mr. Vaughan’s Papers. The day was chill and cloudy so that I did not go out at all. I read part of Irving’s Life of Columbus aloud to my Mother. She seemed to be tolerably well. The day was extremely uninteresting in all respects. Evening in conversation with my Mother. I felt a little dull but the political prospect is rapidly closing, and certainty will soon appear. This will assist me in my arrangement about marriage very materially.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-10-06

Monday 6th.

Passed the morning at home. We breakfast so late now that I have an opportunity to copy some of the Vaughan papers. And the remainder of the morning, I pass in reading the Life of Columbus to my Mother. It becomes more interesting as we proceed. Took a walk today making some stop at my Tailor’s to give him some orders. The day was very fine. My mother overtook me in the Carriage and I went to ride with her. The rest of the day passed in writing to Abby { 291 } at New York. Evening with my father and Mother, engaged in a pleasant and lively conversation.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0010-0007

Author: CFA
Date: 1828-10-07

Tuesday. 7th.

Morning passed at home. Copying before breakfast and talking afterwards. Received the news of the Baltimore election and were a little depressed by it’s result.1 But I obtained a letter from Abby which was much more calculated to affect me. I do not know what has got possession of her but it seems to me as if she does not consult my feelings as much as I wish she did. My spirits are exceedingly variable and this brought them down quite low.2 I conversed on the subject with my Mother who did her best to soothe me. But I wanted much more than it was in her power to give. Took a ride with her and Mary in the little Carriage, the other having gone to be painted.
On this day, we were invited to dine with Mr. Vaughan, the English Minister, and accordingly we went at five o’clock. A very large Company. Genl. Ver Veer and his daughter from Holland on a mission to Nicaragua for the purpose of a survey of the isthmus, were the Lions. Mr. and Mrs. Huygens, daughters and son, Mr. and Mrs. Clay, Mr. and Mrs. Rush and two sons, Mr. and Mrs. Kuhn,3 Mr. and Mrs. Watkins, Mr. and Mrs. Bankhead, Genl. Harrison, and son, (a cub), Mr. Gilmor of B.,4 Mr. Brent, Wallenstein, Stackelberg, Mr. and Mrs. Johnston, and some others who may have escaped me. The dinner was as usual though not so good, and nothing remarkable occurred to me between Wallenstein and Stackelberg, excepting that I came near losing my seat. Returned soon, finding the news from Maryland much changed for the better. Evening with the family.
1. In the Baltimore elections to the Maryland House of Delegates two Jacksonians received majorities of about three hundred votes each (Daily National Intelligencer, 8 Oct. 1828).
2. To CFA’s suggestion of an early marriage Abigail replied: “If the President is reelected . . . , we will talk of being married, but though we talk it shall not take place until towards spring, not this winter” (Abigail B. Brooks to CFA, 2 Oct. 1828, Adams Papers).
3. Presumably Captain John L. Kuhn, paymaster of the marine corps, and his wife (Washington Directory, 1827).
4. Robert Gilmor, a Scottish merchant who had built up an extensive shipping business in Baltimore (DAB, 7:309).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-10-08

Wednesday 8th.

The days of dissipation are gone for me. The succeeding morning brings to me now, nothing but repentance. This is all new, and I cannot help feeling a sensation of regret when I reflect that the hey dey of youth, when the blood is high and the heart generous, is so soon gone with me. I have had my share of the pleasures of the senses; I { 292 } have had to make bitter atonement; and for the few hours which seem to me at this time like the gilded clouds over a setting sun, the beauty of their colours will not repay me for the shadow they cast upon futurity. But a truce with moralizing. The truth was, I felt heated and feverish in the morning after a sleepless night, and my spirits were not good. The morning passed in speculations upon the Maryland election and in conversation of a melancholy nature with my Mother. Paid a visit to Mr. Vaughan, in return for the dinner yesterday.
My father gave a dinner today to Genl. Verveer and his daughter. The Company consisted of Mr. Vaughan, Mr. and Mrs. Huygens, son and two daughters, Mr. Clay, Rush and Wirt, Mr. Montoya, Rebello, Genl. Macomb, Harrison and son, Capt. Rogers,1 Warrington, Baron Stackelberg, Col. Croghan,2 Mr. Nicholas of Virginia,3 Mr. Tayloe, Count de Menou, and others. The dinner was as handsome as usual but nothing occurred of particular interest. The remainder of the evening with the family.
1. Captain John Rodgers (1773–1828), the president of the Navy Board (DAB).
2. George Croghan (1791–1849), the inspector general of the army (DAB).
3. One of two Virginians, both named Robert Carter Nicholas, who both served in the War of 1812 (Heitman, Register U.S. Army).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-10-09

Thursday 9th.

My feelings were not much pleasanter today than they had been yesterday. After writing for a short time before breakfast, I did nothing during the remainder of the day. The morning was passed in conversation upon miscellaneous subjects and politics broached by the arrival of the mail with Maryland news of a decided and successful character.1 The government has fully sustained itself so far. Took a long ride with my Mother and Mary in the open Barouche and in the evening went to Mrs. Huygens’. Wrote a letter to Abby before dinner. It was an answer to Tuesday’s and written with as much restraint as possible. Indeed my feelings have in some measure changed since then and though still sore I have revived in hope. The party at Huygens’ was given in a room full of recollections to me. At the last party, a circumstance happened of deep interest to me and which has had a great influence on my life ever since. The company was dreary to me as I took no interest in any body there. I danced with Miss Verveer, and Matilda Pleasonton. The first out of compliment, the second for amusement. Returned at ten quite fatigued.
1. Incomplete reports from Maryland indicated that the Adams forces would have a heavy majority in the House of Delegates and allowed the prediction that nine of the state’s eleven electors would favor JQA’s reelection (Daily National Intelligencer, 9 Oct. 1828).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-10-10

Friday. 10th.

Copied a portion of Mr. Vaughan’s papers before breakfast which now becomes later and later. So that the morning is found to be exceedingly short. Little was done in it. I took a short walk and called at Johnson’s Office where he gave me the news of the political result in Delaware, which is quite favourable.1 Returned home. This contest is now raging with the utmost violence and it is impossible to decide in which way it will result. But our hopes are now high. Received a pretty letter from Abby, and on the whole felt in pretty good spirits. Took a long ride with my Mother and Mary and in the evening the family assembled in the circular room for the first time since my arrival here.
1. Two-thirds of the newly elected Delaware legislature was reported to be friendly to JQA (Daily National Intelligencer, 11 Oct. 1828).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-10-11

Saturday 11th.

Morning passed much as usual. A portion of it in copying and a part in company with the family. This is much the life of a drone, but it must be tolerated in the hope for improvement. Nothing new, excepting that the Banks in Boston have declared their dividends whereby I am benefitted. I ought to be there as my absence involves matters of much interest. George has not written me yet. Went the usual ride with the ladies and read some of Mr. Burke in the afternoon. We did not dine until late and so had a short evening.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-10-12

Sunday 12th.

Fine clear morning but colder than usual. Copied in the morning and read a little of the Life of Columbus aloud. Nothing new. Krehmer and Watkins called upon me but had little or nothing to say. Took a ride with my Mother and Mrs. Smith as Mary was quite unwell. The time for her confinement is approaching. Wrote a long letter to Abby which was not finished when the dinner bell rung. And I was afterward obliged to hurry it. Conversation with Mrs. Smith. Affairs of our family, which seems on the whole to be the most singular in the world for Hot water seems our element.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-10-13

Monday 13th.

Morning extremely windy and disagreeable. I did not go out of the House during the day. Occupied in copying until the mail came in when I received two letters from Abby, one from her at Boston and the other at New York. They were both extremely pleasant and the latter more especially devoted to the discussion of the matter of our marriage. { 294 } In the afternoon I sat down and answered it fully. She seems timid on the subject and not conscious how to act, and there is something which I cannot understand influencing her. Evening quietly with my Mother.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-10-14

Tuesday. 14th.

The weather which for some days has been windy and boisterous is now settling into a clear cold, and announcing to us the approach of Winter. Morning occupied in writing. Little of any consequence has taken place of late and my Journal is more dull than usual. I feel anxious to be in Boston, and still feel a little disagreeably at the idea of the life I must lead when I get there. Time is now passing over rapidly however. I went to ride with my Mother, and found it quite cold, the Carriage being open. Afternoon passed in reading Mr. Burke and evening much as usual.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-10-15

Wednesday. 15th.

Morning passed much as usual, copying a portion of the time and doing nothing more. I am ashamed to be obliged to record so often my indolent habit of life but as I am strongly in hopes it will soon cease, this is my consolation. Went out with John and Mr. Smith to the races today. This practice seems to be going out of vogue here for this was a very slender course. The riding also was quite poor, and as the day did not make exposure the most agreeable thing in the world, I was delighted to be able to return home. I then went out and took a ride with my Mother, after which, the afternoon was filled up with a letter to my friend Richardson.1 Evening at home. Bagatelle with Mrs. Smith.
1. Missing.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-10-16

Thursday. 16th.

This morning passed in reading Mr. Burke on the sublime after copying a little. Found myself threatened with a head ache, and had one of my terrible fits of low spirits. Received a letter from Abby which I answered immediately. She is enjoying herself in New York. My head became so bad, I declined going to the races, but rode afterwards in an open Carriage with my Mother. The pain increased until after my return when it went off and during the rest of the day I had little or nothing of it. If I could keep my thoughts pleasantly employed and not harass my mind with the particular terms under which I suffer so much, it would be much to my advantage, this kind of life will not do.

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Author: CFA
DateRange: 1828-10-17 - 1829-09-05


17 October 1828
5 September 1829.
My Marriage.1

“What is a man,

If his chief good, and market of his time,

Be but to sleep, and feed? a beast, no more.

Sure, he, that made us with such large discourse

Looking before, and after, gave us not

That capability and godlike reason

To rust [fust] in us unus’d.”

1. Titlepage of D/CFA/7, from which the following entries through 3 September 1829 (ending the present volume) derive. See the descriptive listing of CFA’s MS diaries in the Introduction. CFA’s concluding date “5 September 1829” is his own error.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-10-17

October. 1828. Friday. 17th.

It is usual for me to moralise a little upon commencing a new Volume of my Journal but upon this occasion I feel infinitely little disposed so to do. My last Volume contains much of happiness and some misery, but on the whole it is a specimen of the best part of life. Before I can arrive at the close of my present undertaking, it is probable that my lot whether for good or for evil will have been cast. My mind is now inclined to gloomy foreboding, but I hope for the best and as is usual, rely upon divine providence for support.
The morning was passed in reading Mr. Burke on the Sublime and Beautiful, which work I finished. But it affords room for much more study than a single attentive reading. Went with Mr. Smith and John to the race ground where we saw a very prettily contested match, but it did not last long as the wind of one of the horses gave out somewhat. But it was interesting and with the beauty of the day it paid us fully { 296 } for going to see it. On returning, I paid a visit to Baron Krudener1 and walked over to see the commencement of John’s intended house.2 The remainder of the afternoon was filled up with writing to George.3 I sent him a draft on the Branch Bank for one hundred and eighty dollars which together with the balance in his hands already I want him to invest for me. Evening at home with the family.
1. The Russian envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary (Mass. Register, 1828, p. 220).
2. Located on the west side of Sixteenth Street, between I and K streets, less than two blocks north of the President’s Square (Bemis, JQA, 2:193).
3. Letter missing.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-10-18

Saturday 18th.

Morning at home. Read a portion of the Life of Columbus to my Mother. The mail brought us pretty poor News of a political character from Pennsylvania.1 Took a walk. Day lovely, met Johnson Hellen, chattered half an hour with him. Spirits very variable. Returned to take a ride with my Mother from which we did not return until late. Thomas B. Adams arrived this evening from Quincy looking well, on his way to Old Point Comfort. Passed the evening at home.
1. The Jackson ticket had received a large majority in Pennsylvania (Daily National Intelligencer, 20 Oct. 1828).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-10-19

Sunday 19th.

Arose quite late and had therefore but little time to copy much. After breakfast, I went to St. John’s Church and heard Dr. Beasley of Philadelphia preach.1 His Sermon did not strike me much. On my return I found an extremely pleasant letter from Abby, which I answered in the course of the day, after returning from my usual ride with my Mother.
Mr. Clay dined with us and Mr. Gales came in after dinner. We had a great deal of conversation and I never before met with so good an opportunity of seeing them in contrast. By them, I mean my father and Mr. Clay. They discussed many subjects, the Ghent treaty occasioned by Mr. Jonathan Russel’s expose lately published to injure them,2 the Seminole war, and other matters. It is needless to say that on the second subject, they differed widely,3 they have always done so. Clay has become much of an egotist owing to the constant individual pressure upon him which has contributed constantly to make himself the subject of his story, but he still has uncommon points. And no one can listen to his conversation when free and unreserved without being considerably fascinated. He sat very late and on the { 297 } whole, I consider this as one of the most fortunate occurrences of my life, by which I was admitted behind the scenes and saw these men exhibited in some of their brightest respective points. The Conversation was very animated but it rolled on so many points that although I wished it, I could not fix upon any thing sufficiently definite to commit it to paper as remarkable. Mr. Jefferson’s letter relative to my father’s course upon the Embargo, lately published,4 Mr. Lloyd’s letter about the fisheries,5 Mr. Clay’s course upon the Seminole affairs, and some remarks upon Mr. Tallmadge of New York comprised the points of conversation upon each of which there was a good deal of discussion. Evening short in consequence.
1. The Rev. Frederick Beasley, provost of the University of Pennsylvania (Desilver’s Philadelphia Directory, 1828).
2. Jonathan Russell (1771–1832), who had been one of the American commissioners at Ghent, in 1822 charged that JQA had been willing to surrender the right of free navigation on the Mississippi River to the British at the end of the War of 1812 in exchange for American control of the northeastern fisheries. JQA exposed Russell’s errors in a devastating pamphlet entitled The Duplicate Letters, the Fisheries and the Mississippi, Washington, 1822. See JQA, Writings, 7:250–335.
3. Clay and his friends had denounced Andrew Jackson’s invasion of Florida in 1818, during which he seized St. Marks and Pensacola and hanged Arbuthnot and shot Ambrister, as an unauthorized act of war, in violation of the Constitution, but JQA denied that Jackson had violated his instructions and justified his actions “by the necessities of the case and by the misconduct of the Spanish commanding officers in Florida” (Bemis, JQA, 1:315).
4. Somehow it became known that Thomas Jefferson shortly before his death had written W. B. Giles not one but two letters concerning JQA. One, supposed to be held confidential, Giles had published in 1827 in order to injure JQA’s presidential chances (see entry for 14 Sept. 1827, and note, above). At the request of Archibald Stuart, a stanch Adams supporter, Thomas J. Randolph, Jefferson’s grandson, had recently produced a copy of the other letter, which Giles had withheld because it praised JQA. Dated 25 December 1825, it related in a somewhat jumbled fashion the aged President’s recollection that JQA in 1808 had declared that the Massachusetts Federalists were “in negotiation with agents of the British government” and that repeal of the embargo was “absolutely necessary” in order to remove “temptations . . . such as might debauch many from their fidelity to the Union” (HA, New-England Federalism, p. 10–13).
5. In 1823 Senator James Lloyd of Massachusetts had appealed to President Monroe for protection of American rights in the Pacific Northwest. Replying for the President, JQA advocated upholding the American claim to the entire Columbia River basin against both Great Britain and Russia, and he announced again his noncolonization principle (Bemis, JQA, 1:514–515).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-10-20

Monday 20th.

Arose very late owing to the darkness of the morning. It rained very heavily for the first time since my arrival here. Detained at home all day, occupied in very little. A little of Columbus in the morning and the life of Byron in the remainder of the day. Little news of any kind. { 298 } Evening quiet with the family. The political affairs of the day are now rapidly approaching the crisis. I wish it over very heartily.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-10-21

Tuesday. 21st.

Morning pleasant. After copying a little, passed the morning in great indolence. Went out with Thomas B. Adams to show him some of the Lions of the City. We went to the Capitol Hill and I made a stop with him at Judge Cranch’s for him to deliver some letters. We then walked over the Capitol looking at all things that were to be seen: to me they were familiar, but I was still glad of an opportunity to look at them again, perhaps for the last time. After a considerable examination, we returned, having passed the afternoon pretty completely. After dinner Mrs. Smith, Abby Adams, Thomas and I went down to drink tea with Mrs. Frye. We found Johnson Hellen there. Mrs. Newman from Baltimore is at present on a visit to her. The evening passed quite pleasantly.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-10-22

Wednesday 22nd.

Morning pleasant. Occupied in copying a little and find that I shall get through with the Vaughan papers during my stay here. Read some of Mr. Burke. Received a letter from Abby which was extremely pleasant and in answering it, John and Thomas interrupted me to go with them fishing. This passed the afternoon. We went to the rocks near Mrs. Frye’s and had pretty good sport. I returned and finished my regular letter to Abby notwithstanding. In the evening we had a pleasant Oyster Supper after which Thomas and I took a long walk. The night was lovely.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-10-23

Thursday 23rd.

Morning quite warm. This season is what they call here Indian Summer. At home reading Mr. Burke on the State of the Nation. Passed the afternoon in making an outline of a letter to Mr. Brooks. The Oyster Supper did not quite agree with me. Took a ride with my Mother. A company to dine today. Gov. Cass, Mr., Mrs. and Miss Eliot, Miss Lamb,1 Judge and Miss Cranch, Mrs. Dawes, Mr. and Mrs. Barrel, Dr. Watkins, Dr. Huntt, Mr. Persico,2 Col. Trumbull, Mr. Frye and the family. It was a singular collection but it passed off very well. I sat between Mr. Persico and Dr. Huntt.
1. Hannah Dawes Eliot, who was shortly to marry Thomas Lamb, of Boston, was accompanied by her parents and by her future sister-in-law (Columbian Centinel, 5 Nov. 1828).
2. E. Luigi Persico (1791–1860), the { 299 } Neapolitan sculptor who was engaged to execute several pieces for the Capitol (Groce and Wallace, Dict. Amer. Artists).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-10-24

Friday. 24th.

Morning pleasant. Passed in reading Mr. Burke and wasting much of the time. After luncheon, walked out with Thomas and paid visits to the Secretary at War and Mr. King’s Gallery of Paintings where we lounged until late. On my return, I was occupied in writing a rough draught of a letter to Mr. Brooks, but as I proceed in it, I feel less confident in my success. Extraordinary as it seems, I have a most singular feeling when I take up my pen to address him and can write nothing to please me. Evening at home, and very quiet.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-10-25

Saturday 25th.

Morning quite warm and pleasant. Passed a portion of it in copying Mr. Vaughan’s papers and another part in reading Mr. Burke. This with a call or two with Thomas at some of the principal houses here finished the time until luncheon, after which I took a walk and answered a letter from Abby received this morning. I felt as if I had very little fluency today and so finished only four pages, instead of the more common quantity of five. Her letter was a pleasant one, and giving me notice of her return to Boston shortly. Evening quietly at home. Thomas Hellen dined here. He looks shockingly.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-10-26

Sunday 26th.

The weather very warm and sultry today. Went to St. John’s this morning and heard Mr. Hawley preach a Sermon. I admire the Episcopal service. If I consulted my own feelings, I would always attend the Church of that sect. It is the only one in which my feelings of devotion are excited. One feels less the want of merit in a Preacher because you feel yourself capable of partaking equally in the services. This cannot be where you must trust a man to pray for you. He may not and probably will not draw your attention. In the afternoon, I wrote and sent a letter to Mr. Brooks on the subject of my marriage.1 It is gratifying to think the thing off my mind. The result will soon come, and all I can trust to is the purity of my motives. I have done my duty as far as I can.
1. CFA’s letter was an argument against further extending his engagement. Recognizing that the combined allowances promised by JQA and by P. C. Brooks would “barely suffice to support us,” CFA stiffly reminded his prospective father-in-law that his financial prospects were not likely to improve in the immediate future, for it would be years before he earned his living at { 300 } the bar. An objection to CFA on this ground, therefore, would be “equally good for ten years as for a day.” “If it prevails,” CFA warned, “I have already frankly told Abby that our engagement must cease” (CFA to P. C. Brooks, 26 Oct. 1828, LbC, Adams Papers).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-10-27

Monday 27th.

Morning passed at home. Little or nothing material occurring. I received a letter this morning from Mr. Brooks most unexpectedly, but it contained little of interest. It made me for a moment regret my having sent this letter yesterday, but on reflection, it seems to me lucky as I should perhaps have been a little diverted from my original purpose. Now, the die is cast. I read some of Burke, played Billiards with Thomas, and went down to Mr. Frye’s with Thomas and John to dine. We had a pleasant time and spent the evening playing Whist.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-10-28

Tuesday. 28th.

Morning at home, reading and wasting it, with the exception of a visit or two with Thomas at Mr. Huygens’ and in return to the young Mr. Rush’s.1 The weather was fine but windy. On my return I was disappointed by not receiving my usual letter from Abby. This and some little feeling of sickness contributed to make me dull the remainder of the day. My spirits are barely kept from sinking here by considerable exertion. The evening was passed at home in the usual manner without any occurrence of interest.
1. Presumably Benjamin Rush (1811–1877), the son of Richard Rush, who was attending Princeton. See Letters of Benjamin Rush, ed. L. H. Butterfield, Princeton, 1951, 2:1081.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-10-29

Wednesday. October 29th.

Morning beautiful. Remained at home writing and answering a letter from Abby which reached me this morning instead of yesterday occasioned by a delay in the Post. I rode afterwards to the Norfolk Steam Boat to see Thomas off to his destination at Old Point. The day was as fine as any of the most beautiful we have in this finest season of the year. On my return I finished my letter to Abi and passed the evening as usual, quietly at home.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-10-30

Thursday. 30th.

Pleasant morning. I finished the collection of Vaughan papers this morning, and have not found so much information in them as I expected. They are very prolix. After luncheon I walked to the Capitol { 301 } to examine the figures lately finished in the Tympanum of the Building. The effect of them struck me very much, and on the whole, I have the impression that the front is as beautiful a specimen of modern architecture as any in the world. The figures are large, and seem remarkably well finished, particularly the figure of Justice and the Eagle which I particularly admired. On my walk I met Horace Dawes, an old friend of mine but one whom changes of circumstances and difference of situation have separated me from for many years and will continue to do so. But I am his well-wisher still. Evening quietly at home. Col. Trumbull called and sat an hour.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-10-31

Friday 31st.

Arose this morning with a slight head ache which worried me for nearly the whole of the day. I remained at home and read some of a life of the late King of England which I took up to give me some idea of the facts which existed during the reign, and not from any merit in the work which is the production of a man named Scott.1 There was a dinner here today. I received and answered a pleasant letter from Abi which I answered in the afternoon previous to it. This is possibly the last dinner which I shall witness in this House. The Company consisted of Mr. and Mrs. P. B. Porter,2 Mr. Vaughan, Mrs. St. André, Baron Krudener, Mr. Bresson, Judge Anderson,3 Sir William Eden, a young English puppy,4 Mr. Baillie, Mr. Bankhead, Doyle, Ternaux a companion of Bresson on his tour, Krehmer, Orhanda, Russians, Dr. Lovell, Mr. Lovell,5 Mr. Anderson,6 Baron Lederer,7 Mr. Richardson of Baltimore8 and this family. The dinner was a beautiful specimen of the richest of luxury. And I partook of it accordingly, after which, I went with Mr. and Mrs. Smith to Mrs. Rush’s where we passed an hour not tediously though not very agreeably. We returned early.
This is the day upon which the great Presidential question which has so long agitated the Country commences to assume a definitive result. And our family are at last to cease being the eternal subjects of contention and abuse. I am rejoiced at this, and as to the general prospect, whatever it may be, I rely with great confidence in Heaven, that in any event, it will turn out for the best.
1. Robert Scott (pseud. of James Robins), The History of England during the Reign of George III, 4 vols., London, 1824.
2. Peter Buell Porter (1773–1844), had since May 1828 been the Secretary of War (DAB).
3. Joseph Anderson (1757–1837), the First Comptroller of the Treasury (Biog. Dir. Cong.).
4. Sir William Eden (b. 1803), who was to become 6th Baronet of Windle-stone Hall in 1844 (Edward Walford, The County Families of the United Kingdom, London, 1868, p. 314).
5. Dr. Joseph Lovell, the surgeon-gen• { 302 } eral, and his uncle, James Lovell, of Boston (JQA, Diary, 29 Oct. 1828).
6. Alexander Outlaw Anderson (1794–1869), the son of the First Comptroller, who later became Senator from Tennessee (Biog. Dir. Cong.).
7. The Austrian consul (Force, National Calendar, 1828, p. 285).
8. Presumably George R. Richardson, a Baltimore lawyer (Matchett’s Baltimore Directory, 1831).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-11-01

Saturday November 1st.

Morning dark and cloudy. I was oppressed with head ache during the morning in consequence perhaps of a little indiscretion at table yesterday. My system has lost it’s tone for rich living. I read and was delighted with the speech of Mr. Burke upon American taxation, and continued the biography of George the 3d besides a little of the life of Columbus aloud to my Mother, which it will not be in my power to finish, however, until after my return home. In the evening, I recovered and passed it as usual, in conversation, and reading and playing backgammon with my Mother.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-11-02

Sunday. 2d.

The day extremely cloudy and heavy rain. Being the first rain of any continuance which we have had since my departure from Boston. I remained at home but did little or nothing but read. Finished a volume of Scott’s Biography of George 3d. The remainder of the time was passed in dull conversation.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-11-03

Monday. 3d.

The day was extremely rainy and dark, being in some measure similar in it’s tempestuous character to the human agitation which is going on. This day closes the struggle for power which has been so long distressing the nation. It’s result is with God. I remained at home all day conversing with my Mother and the family upon indifferent subjects. My stay here is rapidly closing and with it the languor which has relaxed my mind. The future does not present much pleasure at present but I rely on the Deity. My feelings are at this moment strongly religious. They arise from the peculiarity of my situation which leads me to find consolation in hope. I never express it in public for a man’s heart should be known only to his Maker. Read a volume of the biography of George the Third.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-11-04

Tuesday. 4th.

Arose early in the morning and commenced my preparations for { 303 } my removal. Made all my arrangements previous to the arrival of the Mail waiting only to see if any letter from Abby would change my decision. One arrived which instead of changing confirmed it. I therefore packed my trunk in the afternoon and had time also to take a ride with my mother, calling upon my Aunt Frye to take my leave. She was not at home. On my return my Father called upon me and asked me into his room. When he gave me a sum of money for my travelling expenses and made me also a gift of two shares in the Middlesex Canal Company.1 This was meant as kindness, and I received it as well as I could, but nothing like this can efface the effect of the conversation of last August.2 It burns like a rankling sore; it is destined to have a material influence upon my futurity, for it cut me in the most agonized spot. But as my father, I must still respect him and though he has misunderstood me most fatally, I shall not cease to perform my duties with only a less willing heart. Evening with the family.
1. The shares were worth about $250 each. See CFA, “A Paper on the Middlesex Canal,” 7 Feb. 1829, in his Composition Book, Adams Papers, Microfilms, Reel No. 315.
2. See entry for 22 Aug., above.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-11-05

Wednesday. 5th.

I saw none of the family this morning before I left the City.1 Perhaps this is my last visit, and I look back upon scenes which convey to me the only associations of entire happiness which it has been my lot to meet with as yet in this world. Here my careless days have been passed when I have not felt that I had any cause for exertion and when futurity was not to me as it now is a source of dread. Although this last visit has not been like the former ones, it has still brought up to me many moments of happiness. The kindness of my Mother has compensated to me for many things. In her I have always had a friend, and although she could not feel entirely as I do, she could still produce a strong influence in soothing my moments of gloom.
Our passage to Baltimore was not remarkable for any thing. The day was lovely and the passengers in the Stage pleasant enough excepting that they were a little too much disposed to the discussion of political matter. We arrived at Baltimore in time for the Steam Boat and I launched off immediately to Philadelphia. I met on board Mr. Armstrong with whom I had been slightly acquainted formerly. He is going to Lima as a Commercial Agent.2 He introduced me to Lieut. Macauley of the Marine Corps,3 and we travelled during a rainy night in Company.
{ 304 }
1. Angry with JQA over financial matters, CFA deliberately avoided saying goodbye to his father, who was “cruelly disappointed” (LCA to CFA, 9 Nov. 1828, Adams Papers).
2. Andrew Armstrong, of Pennsylvania, formerly the United States commercial agent at Port-au-Prince (Force, National Calendar, 1828, p. 101).
3. James McCawley, of Pennsylvania (same, p. 230).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-11-06

Thursday 6th.

The rain ceased before morning and we found ourselves moving rapidly towards Philadelphia in a Cold North Westerly. Having arrived, I decided upon going on by the next boat and therefore only walked up into the City to examine whatever might be new. I walked to the Mansion House, met Quincy and had some conversation with him. Was quite surprised to see him away from the Law. I ordered myself a Coat at Watson’s1 which I thought I might obtain for my Wedding and then returned on board. Found Macauley who was going on. We went in the Trenton and had a tolerably favourable time though excessively jolted and bruised by our land transportation to Brunswick. We arrived in good season and Macauley and I took the same room.
1. Charles C. Watson and Sons, at 92 Chesnut Street (Desilver’s Philadelphia Directory, 1828).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-11-07

Friday 7th.

Morning pleasant when we were called up to go on board of the Steam Boat to New York. I had not enjoyed a very good night’s rest but found myself in sufficiently good order to continue without complaint. The prevailing topic of conversation as we approach the City is the election and I was witness to a rather ludicrous scene in the Cabin where our Captain was haranguing for the administration. We arrived before ten and finding that I could go no further today, I was content to put up for twenty four hours at the City Hotel. This time I improved by calling upon Mrs. De Wint who made me visit a Mrs. Willett, a bride, because she did not know what to do with me. I felt awkwardly but it could not be helped. I then dined with Sidney Brooks and his wife, and Chardon. Abby had gone, though quite sick, on Wednesday, and the accounts here made me anxious to hasten. Our dinner was pleasant. I then walked with Sidney to the Store, spent a short time with him and finished the evening at the Bowery Theatre. My purpose was to see Madame Vestris1 dance, for which purpose I was compelled to drag through a very ranting performance of Richard the third. I used to like Booth.2 But either he or my taste { [fol. 304] } { [fol. 304] } { [fol. 304] } { [fol. 304] } { 305 } has altered. It is long since I felt so thoroughly fatigued as I did this evening.
1. Maria Ronzi Vestris and her husband, Charles Ronzi Vestris, French dancers, made their New York debut in August 1828 (Brown, History of the American Stage, p. 367).
2. Junius Brutus Booth (1796–1852), the English actor, was famous for his portrayal of Richard III.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-11-08

Saturday 8th.

I found nothing but Clouds and rain upon my awaking this morning and had many fears that I should be detained in New York. But the weather became clear gradually and our prospect before Noon was fair. I wasted the morning for want of something to do, and killed half an hour at Blunt’s Office hearing the political News. One district in New England has gone for Jackson and that has produced a very great sensation.1 The party are encouraged by the returns from New York but I confess I have litle or no confidence in the result. I called at Sidney Brooks’ house to take leave of his wife, and after a hurried dinner, went on board the Steam Boat Washington for Providence. Found Chardon Brooks on board with a lady in charge. We had a pretty fair run during the afternoon, and evening.
1. Jackson carried one district in Maine; JQA received all fifty of the other New England electoral votes (Edward Stanwood, A History of the Presidency from 1788 to 1897, Boston, 1926, 1:149).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-11-09

Sunday 9th.

I slept better than usual in a birth, during the night, and found myself in the morning off Newport. Our passage was a tolerable one. We arrived at a quarter past ten o’clock and started directly for Boston in the Mail Stage. Our trip was quite rapid and pleasant. Indeed I never remember being better suited. Perhaps my object to be gained was agreeable for my arrival in Boston at three in exactly twenty four hours unexpectedly allowed me time enough to go to Medford this afternoon. I did and found Abby had only arrived in the morning. Instead of finding her sick, she was looking extremely well, and I have never had purer moments of unmingled pleasure than the few hours which passed this evening. Fleet as the wind happiness passes, gloom remains like a calm. My hours may be few, my futurity may be dismal, but it cannot take away from me the memory, while I live, of the day before I left and the evening I again saw my dearest Abby.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-11-10

Monday. 10th.

Moments of happiness will pass and if I have already passed the { 306 } most exquisite minutes of my life, it is no more than the fate of every man. I returned to Boston this morning and immediately went to George’s Office. I found him and passed the morning in conversation with him upon general politics and particular family affairs. He had been to perform my requests, hearing that I was in town. He had engaged a room for me at Mrs. Tarbell’s and had made arrangements respecting an Office.1 He had also purchased for me a certificate for three shares in the Fire and Marine Insurance Company for which he paid fifty one dollars for fifty making one hundred and fifty three dollars, and thirty seven cents for Commission. This leaves a balance which he passed to me. I then drew the Dividend upon the Stock which was purchased some time ago and deposited the whole in the Branch Bank. I am on the whole very well content with this distribution. I dined with George at Dr. Welsh’s. Nothing new there, after which I went to see Mrs. Tarbell and agreed upon taking possession there tomorrow.2 This occupied much of the afternoon, the rest was passed in giving current to that flow of conversation which usually happens between brothers after they have been apart for some time. I passed the evening at the Theatre and saw Wallack3 in the part of Macbeth. It was not an effective performance. I then returned to the Exchange where I passed the night.
1. CFA’s office, at 10 Court Street, was “a pleasant but very little room not more than twelve feet by ten” for which he paid seventy-five dollars a year (CFA to LCA, 15 Nov. 1828 and 10 Jan. 1829, Adams Papers).
2. Mrs. Thomas Tarbell, wife of an importer of European and Indian goods, lived at 11 Avon Place (Boston Directory, 1829–1830).
3. James William Wallack (1794–1864), an English actor (Brown, History of the American Stage, p. 372).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-11-11

Tuesday 11th.

Arose early and went to the Office. Finding myself now in possession of one I immediately set to making arrangements for it’s occupation. I went to Mrs. Wilson’s and transferred my Furniture from my old room with a joyful heart. For my time there was not among the pleasantest recollections of my life. I placed most of it in my Office as I do not propose to make my room at Mrs. Tarbell’s a sitting room, either on the ground of economy or health. I dined at a Restorateur as I wished to cut my connection with the Exchange as soon as possible; passed the afternoon at George’s Office and the evening. Took possession of my room at Mrs. Tarbell’s this evening.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-11-12

Wednesday. 12th.

Morning extremely rainy, wet and uncomfortable. I remained at { 307 } home until ten o’clock waiting for George, who promised to come and take me to Quincy. He arrived at last and we started in the midst of a disagreeable storm. Our ride was about as unpleasant as it possibly could be. The object I had in view was to attend the dedication of the New Church in Quincy, to plant the acorns my father gave to my charge, and to obtain the things which I had left in my Summer’s residence here. The day cleared off bitterly cold before the services were finished. They were not at all of an impressive character to my mind, but I differ so much from others in these feelings that my tastes are to me troubles.1
My Uncle Adams had a dinner provided for many and it was as uncomfortable as they usually are. Unfortunately for me my ideas of this place are never associated with comfort or pleasure. And inasmuch as the News of today2 confirms us in the belief that it must shortly become the residence of my father, these reflections are hardly of an agreeable character. On the whole, however, I feel grateful that this information should have been delayed until the defeat gives me no great trial. The very evening that finds me safely housed with a private family brings news which among crowds would be productive of much pain. My Journey has been accomplished and the whole is over. George and I rode into town in a bleak north west wind and I was glad to find a comfortable fire.
1. A printed program of the dedication services at the New Stone Congregational Church in Quincy, 12 Nov. 1828, is in the Adams Papers. Rev. Peter Whitney preached the sermon.
2. Martin Van Buren was elected governor of New York by a large majority, and even the districts which Adams men had confidently claimed supported the Jacksonian ticket (Daily National Intelligencer, 13 Nov. 1828).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-11-13

Thursday 13th.

I walked down this morning to obtain some wood for my office as tomorrow I propose to put it in operation. I am not yet admitted to the Bar but shall be at the opening of the next Term so as to be able to transact any business given to me which I do not expect however to be much. I walked to Mrs. Frothingham’s to pay her a visit and met Abby on the road. I went with her to see Miss Anne Carter who though an Invalid is not in a consumption as I had supposed a year since.
Thus the morning passed and the time came for me to go out to Medford with Mr. Brooks. He took the opportunity of answering my application some time since.1 He was short, merely saying that he wished it deferred for a year until he might build another House for his daughter, that I was young and next Autumn would be time { 308 } enough. This was an unexpected blow, and prostrated my spirits at once. To have this thing delayed for a year longer after my patience and hope seems like removing all prospect of happiness beyond the limits of human sight. I submitted on two grounds. One including my peculiar subject of trouble which forbids my insisting upon what I cannot foretel certainly the result of, the other, that I may relieve my father just now. But the disappointment is still severe, and my feelings will be long sore upon the subject. My own feelings are strong. They will probably lead me to despise the miserably timid policy which hedges me in; they will certainly create regret in after times if I should find a year of happiness lost. But as it is, I submit and commit my soul to God. I had some conversation with Abby in which I explained to her the course I should think it necessary to take in consequence.2 This brought tears and bitterness. But conscious of being actuated by the most excellent motives, I was obliged to bear all in sorrow and in hope. How different from the feelings of Saturday! These are the constant vicissitudes of life, sunshine and clouds.
1. See entry for 26 Oct., and note, above.
2. The details of CFA’s proposed new course are unclear. Apparently he planned to spend much more of his time in his office and to see Abigail only infrequently. See undated, incomplete letter of CFA to Abigail B. Brooks [22 Nov. 1828], Adams Papers.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-11-14

Friday 14th.

Returned to town this morning with Mr. Brooks. The weather was pleasant but cool. I took possession of my Office this morning and began to feel somewhat more at home. But the bitter feelings of yesterday were in their full operation and I could only bend to the storm. My brother came in and we had some conversation. He feels deeply the result of this election which to me now is comparatively unimportant. One whole year more in the way I passed the last is too much to think of. I occupied myself in reading but not with fixed attention and in the evening walked up and paid a visit to my old fellow student Davis at Mr. Webster’s Office, with whom I had much pleasant conversation.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-11-15

Saturday 15th.

I do not know that I have ever had so severe a trial as this. My thoughts are intent upon it night and day; I do not sleep for it, I cannot read with it. This morning I went to see Abby at Mrs. Frothingham’s and for half an hour suffered severely. The muscles of my face could hardly be kept in order, by which I judge the struggle must have { 309 } been great. I accompanied her to Julia Gorham’s but was glad to get away to my room again to indulge in solitude and gloom. My life here in Boston in the midst of solitude and the depressing feelings occasioned by the kind of dependence which I experienced through my engagement last year, are terrible to think of. The course of Mr. Brooks to me has not been handsome, intimating as he does that my youth and want of occupation are objections to me, without thinking that such allusions do no good now and irritate my feelings besides. These things remain in a tenacious memory and will probably have no very pleasant effect in future life if ever I should surmount my difficulties, either upon his happiness or mine in the relations we may hold to each other. How much might be spared men in this life. Rolling in wealth as he is, a little well disposed might do much, but with a timid doctrine, the consequence of habits of early years, he delays it while every day takes off something from the value of the gift. The only reason for delay is not known to him. It remains with me. Were it not for that, she should be mine directly. The day passed on.
In the evening, I attended a meeting of the Private Debating Society1 to which I have been admitted a Member. A debate took place which lasted until after nine o’clock, so that though strongly tempted I did not see Abby this evening. This is the first of my self-denial.
1. The Boston Debating Society (Mass. Register, 1829, p. 142).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-11-16

Sunday. 16th.

Morning pleasant. I went to St. Paul’s Church after calling upon George who was not prepared to go with me. Heard Mr. Potter,1 and deeply, solemnly did I accord in the Prayer this morning, that I might be encouraged to the performance of whatever was before me. My feelings once or twice almost overpowered me when I came to passages which had peculiar application to the state of my mind. On the whole, I felt better when I withdrew. These sensations must exhaust themselves.
On my return, I found a note from Abby2 asking me to dine with Mrs. P. C. Brooks Jr. which I determined to do as I had not seen her yet. Found there Abby and Susan Phillips. We had a tolerably pleasant dinner and on my return home, I read the life of William Caxton published by the Society for Knowledge in England.3 It was exceeding dry and uninteresting. After the afternoon service, I drove with Abby to Winter Hill and took tea with Mrs. Everett. I seized the opportunity of their going to Washington, to send on my Volume of Executive Record and some other little Commissions which my Mother gave me. They { 310 } go on Wednesday, and I shall not see them again. Rode to Medford and passed the evening there. Horatio Brooks, Abby’s youngest brother was there, just returned from Gibraltar.4 I had never seen him before. Conversation with Abby upon affairs in general and our marriage in particular. Much feeling on both sides as to the course I think proper to take.
1. Alonzo Potter was the Episcopal rector of St. Paul’s Cathedral, on Tremont Street (Boston Directory, 1829–1830).
2. Missing.
3. See entry for 2 May, and note, above.
4. Horatio Brooks (1809–1843). See Adams Genealogy.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-11-17

Monday. 17th.

Returned to town this morning after a short conversation with Abby, somehow unaccountably relieved from my low spirits. Instead of feeling gloomy at so long a separation from her compared to those I formerly had, my heart seemed relieved from a load. I presume this course had been pressing upon my mind in anticipation, and so, when it once was commenced my courage rose to the trial. Morning at the Office. Conversation with George and reading Law. In the afternoon, reading Mr. Burke’s Speech on the plan of Economical Reform. This and a conversation with Mr. Degrand at George’s Office made it pass rapidly.
Mr. Degrand came to propose to me a partnership. I was to furnish a Capital, and we were to take his experience in the Market to loan Money on good Notes for short spaces of time. This no doubt would be a profitable plan, but the question immediately occurring where my Capital was to come from, his idea to meet that was amusing. I was to ask my father to give me twenty thousand dollars, and he intimated only, that I was to borrow as much from Mr. Brooks on the strength of my engagement with Abby. Of course such a proposition was absurd, in all it’s faces. I mentioned it here only as one of the curious occurrences in my life. I laughed the matter off as well as I could and so we parted. But he will not apply to me again. I sat in my Office this evening for the first time and read Burke.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-11-18

Tuesday 18th.

Morning at the Office. Commenced reading regularly the Massachusetts Reports and propose now to pass my Mornings in devoting myself to the Profession of the Law. I have been made to drink so much of the bitterness of dependence, that I hope now not to cease my exertions until I am on my own ground. But independence would bring to me { 311 } none but sad reflections, as it would proceed from the consciousness of having been forced to it when others who had no better claim than I are equally assisted without the labour. This is a very incorrect system of education. It checks the well disposed for it gives them little encouragement to meet the labour of life. Afternoon reading Burke and some of the History of the United States.
On my return home in the evening, I took up the Boston Daily Advertiser and noticed a piece signed a Yankee Farmer, attacking my father on the old score of 1807 [1808].1 It was such an evident attempt to act upon the public mind unfairly, that I could not help sitting down on my return to my Office, and answering it at least so far as to expose the partial effect it was designed to have. This took up all the evening excepting time for the eleventh Book of Milton.2
1. After the publication of Jefferson’s letter to W. B. Giles (see entry for 19 Oct., and note, above), JQA authorized the National Intelligencer to publish on 21 October a statement in his name which corrected some obvious errors in Jefferson’s recollections but which reaffirmed his belief that Massachusetts Federalists in 1808 were seeking the cooperation of Great Britain with a view to the “dissolution of the Union, and the establishment of a separate confederation” (HA, New-England Federalism, p. 23–26). The former leaders of the Massachusetts Federalist party were much disturbed, and one of them, probably John Lowell (1769–1840), signing himself “A Yankee Farmer,” called for a careful public investigation of JQA’s charge, warning that unless the President could substantiate his allegation of treason “it would seem to be impossible, that his character should not deeply suffer” (Boston Daily Advertiser, 18 Nov. 1828).
2. There are three sets of Milton’s Poetical Works in the Stone Library, the earliest published in London in 1731, 2 vols. In addition, the Library contains six copies of Paradise Lost, four of which bear JQA’s bookplate.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-11-19

Wednesday. 19th.

Morning at the Office. Copied out the piece of yesterday evening and showed it to George who advised me to print it, and accordingly took charge of it for the Massachusetts Journal. This is the first article I ever wrote for a Newspaper. It will be good as a matter of practice, if for nothing else. The remainder of the morning passed in reading Law. My Journal will again fall now into a Record of the monotony of life. Little can occur in common affairs to make it interesting, and as my soreness on the subject of my marriage is gradually healing over, nothing else will occur to vary the sameness of a series of regular occupations. This formerly was my day for going to Medford. It will be so no longer. I thought of it many times but without much regret, for it brought with it as many hours of gloom as it did of pleasure. Afternoon at the Office, but instead of going in the evening, I remained at home on account of the dull weather.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-11-20

Thursday 20th.

Morning at the Office. Weather stormy and disagreeable. This morning produced to the light the first piece I ever wrote that was published.1 I wrote a short letter to my father upon the subject inclosing the articles written by Mr. Lowell under the signature of a Yankee Farmer and mentioning my notice of them. This took up much time and I had only an hour or two for Law. The receipt of a letter from my Mother2 assuring me of the continuation of good spirits in the family notwithstanding the disaster of the election,3 had a very good effect on mine, as I had been anxious upon the subject. Afternoon, reading Mr. Burke on Indian Affairs, not very interesting and if it were not for an occasional exceedingly eloquent passage, I would omit [it] altogether. Evening, did not go out as it rained violently. Remained at home and read Comus and a Book of Paradise Lost.
1. CFA’s letter, signed “A Lover of Justice” and printed in the Massachusetts Journal this day, urged readers not to be carried away by “A Yankee Farmer’s” insinuations. He pointed out that JQA had questioned the loyalty of the Massachusetts Federalist party but “had not yet named either Strong, Gore, nor Brooks nor Cabot nor any individual. When he does, his reasons for it may be demanded and doubtless will be given—but not till then.” CFA’s copy of this letter is in his Composition Book, M/ CFA/21, Adams Papers, Microfilms, Reel No. 315.
2. Missing.
3. JQA had been badly defeated in his bid for a second term, receiving only 508,064 popular votes to Andrew Jackson’s 647,276. In the electoral college the disparity was greater, with only 83 votes for JQA and 178 for Jackson. See Stanwood, History of the Presidency, 1:148–149.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-11-21

Friday. November 21st.

Morning at the Office. I walked down to the Office of the Middlesex Canal1 to effect a transfer of the shares my father gave me but found no body to help me, so was obliged to return with the benefit of a long walk for nothing. Mr. Brooks notified to me that Abby was in town, and I went to see her at Mrs. Frothingham’s but she was not at home. I think too much upon that subject. It still paralyzes my powers of mind, but one thing I thank Heaven for, that it has ceased to be gloomy. Not seeing her this morning was a disappointment but it did not make me dull. I pursued my occupations as usual. Afternoon, reading Mr. Burke and American History by Mr. Pitkin, which is rather prosy. Evening at the Office. Read Sheridan’s Critic for the first time and then read it over. Delightful performance. It made me laugh heartily.
1. Caleb Eddy, agent of the Middlesex Canal Company, had his office on Pond Street (Boston Directory, 1829–1830).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-11-22

Saturday. 22nd.

Morning at the Office. Day very dull and rainy. I was engaged a great part of the morning in writing, first, a letter to my Mother in answer to her’s, and next, a Note to Abby according to my promise to her. My spirits were barely tolerable, though they were certainly better after I had given some vent to my feelings in these letters, than they were before. I am surprised however by my father’s silence. After suffering me to leave Washington as he did, I did expect to have at least heard from him soon. But he has other cares and sorrows, and although he should have paid a little more attention to the wound he made so long ago, I will only remember it with grief and with regret. There shall be no anger mixed with it.1 Afternoon, finished Mr. Burke on the Nabob of Arcot’s debts, and continued Mr. Pitkin. Took a book to the House with me in the evening as it rained heavily. It was Percy’s Relics of Ancient English Poetry.2
1. See entry for 22 Aug., above. To his mother CFA wrote: “Had my father acted towards me with kindness and confidence last August, many hours of the most serious unhappiness I have ever had would have been spared me. One short half hour has done more mischief than years will remedy” (CFA to LCA, 22 Nov. 1828, Adams Papers).
2. CFA’s copy of Thomas Percy’s Reliques of Ancient English Poetry, 4 vols., London, 1823, is in the Stone Library.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-11-23

Sunday 23rd.

Morning clear and rather cold. I attended Dr. Channing’s Meeting and heard Mr. Gannet, his Colleague, both morning and afternoon.1 Although going with every intention and desire to feel the solemnity of the service, there was nothing which could draw that deep pathos from my heart which I experienced last Sunday. Perhaps my soreness had healed. It has somewhat, but if the chord had been touched, it would have burst forth again. This is my first Sunday in Boston this year. It will be followed by many more, and I hope they will on the whole be all as satisfactory as this one. There is much dependance to be placed in religious feeling. It calms the agitation of the mind, and I have traced to it’s healing influence in me, much of the quiet and serenity which I now feel upon the subject which harassed me so last year. This is a prodigious gain. It is of very great importance as it regards my future prosperity. To Mr. Gannet’s Sermons I did not agree; they were the opinions of a man and what is he. Neither more nor less that I am. Some portions, I thought false, others strained, and very few useful. That is the great end. Evening at Mr. Tarbell’s. Conversation and quiet.
{ 314 }
1. Ezra Stiles Gannett (1801–1874), Harvard 1820, had served as W. E. Channing’s assistant at the Federal Street Church since 1824 (DAB).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-11-24

Monday. 24th.

Morning at the Office. Walked again to the Middlesex Canal Office, again to be disappointed. Returned and busied myself reading Law. No note from Abby nor any letter from home which surprised me and had no good influence upon my spirits. I occupied myself notwithstanding as much as I could during the day. Walked up to George’s to see him in the afternoon, nothing remarkable. Evening at the Office much amused with the second part of Percy’s Reliques of Ancient Poetry, containing those ballads connected with Shakespear.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-11-25

Tuesday. 25th.

Morning at the Office. Received a letter from my Mother, a little dull, but still in tolerable spirits. It affected mine a little but not much. Read Law as usual. Mr. Brooks notified me that Abby was in town, and I went to see her immediately. She was very dull and evidently showed signs of sorrow and heaviness. I conversed with her and found very soon that my plan had produced a very bad effect. This put me again in a quandary. I had adopted it as the best result of my reason and understanding. I must now abandon it and subject myself to all it’s accompanying trouble, without any adequate justification to myself other than to keep her from being unhappy. I did give up the plan. I consented to see her once a week but with one condition. She promised solemnly that this engagement should terminate in October. She promised that at all events I should have her hand if I demanded it. This at any rate will give a definite close to my waste of time and is a feeble palliation for my want of resolution. With regard to Mr. Brooks I must take a more decided tone with him or it will never finish. I trust the whole in the hands of a higher providence.
George came in the afternoon and talked, but I read a good deal of the secret Journal of Congress besides.1 Evening, at the Federal Street Theatre. Colman’s Heir at Law. A good piece and tolerably well cast. Finn’s Pangloss bad in general. Some good bits, but the starched formality of the character was displaced for ill placed jest and buffoonery. Duberley and Ezekiel Homespun very good.2 The Epilogue was very well done. The ballet of the Barber of Seville closed the performances. It was very well got up. Dancing is a singularly fascinating amusement. It seems to be one of our original tastes judging from the Indian habits. On the whole, well satisfied.
{ 315 }
1. JQA’s set of the Secret Journals of Acts and Proceedings of Congress, from the First Meeting Thereof to Dissolution of the Confederation by Adoption of the Constitution of the United States, 4 vols., Boston, 1821, is in the Stone Library. JA’s copy, published in 1820, is in the Boston Public Library (Catalogue of JA’s Library, p. 61).
2. Dr. Pangloss, Baron Duberly, and Zekiel Homespun were characters in George Colman’s comedy.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-11-26

Wednesday. 26th.

Morning at the Office. Occupied in reading Law excepting half an hour which I passed in looking through the Market. This is a famous day in New England, being that previous to Thanksgiving. The substitute of the Puritans for Christmas. The preparations are making throughout the State for rich and poor, and the markets are abundantly filled. I was given to understand today that the display was unusually meagre. At any rate, I was disappointed in my expectation about it. The afternoon was passed quietly and the evening at the Office.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-11-27

Thursday. 27th.

Morning dull and gloomy. Clouds very heavy. After breakfast, I rode to Medford, the weather being rather cool. Went to Meeting with the family and heard Mr. Stetson preach a Sermon of very considerable violence in a political way. He was very warm indeed and rather unnecessarily severe. As usual there was a family dinner. Mr. and Mrs. Edward Brooks, Mr. and Mrs. Frothingham, Gorham and Horatio, besides the members of the family and a multitude of children. All this was a bore to me and not half so agreeable as a plain, common Sunday would have been when I might have had Abby all to myself, but when Mr. Brooks gave me the invitation I was aware that to have declined it would have been matter of offence. Mrs. B. entered a little into conversation with me upon my course, but we were interrupted very much to my regret. From what I could collect, something seems to have gone wrong in her husband’s mind, about the money affairs. I am sorry and sore perplexed about the matter and sadly wish some assistance instead of more confusion in my course. Evening passed pleasantly with Abby.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-11-28

Friday. 28th.

The morning was dark and opened with heavy rain. I was consequently detained pleasantly enough until eleven o’clock. But I could not help thinking this one of the evils attending the continuance of the engagement. My spirits were better however than they were a year ago, although still liable to slight returns of dullness, one of { 316 } which I had today. There is room for hope though, and as I am so well now in comparison, I am sanguine that I shall again be myself. Returned to town with Horatio Brooks in company. At the Office, found a letter from my Mother, rather dull. Occupied all day as usual. Evening at home reading Percy’s reliques.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-11-29

Saturday. 29th.

Morning at the Office. Wrote a letter to my Mother in answer to two which I have received from her in the course of the week. It was not long because I would not express my feelings fully and could not write much without doing so. The remainder of the day passed in reading Law and Books relating to History. In the evening, I went to a meeting of the Private Debating Society. Question on the duty of the Representative to obey instructions. There was a tolerable discussion. I am as yet exceedingly doubtful whether I shall ever be able to succeed as a Speaker. I feel as if I had the material, but one great obstacle is in my way, an excessive diffidence.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-11-30

Sunday 30th.

This day was passed without any remarkable occurrence excepting a constant attendance at Meeting on my part. I heard Mr. Gannett in the morning upon humility. Mr. Barrett in the afternoon upon progress in religion; and having called to see George and pass an hour with him, I took tea there, and we went to hear Dr. Channing at Mr. Ware’s Church in the evening. His sermon was on scepticism founded on disbelief of miracles. I was much pleased and instructed. He is a striking Preacher and now and then becomes eloquent. My day therefore was not badly spent and I cannot say that on the whole, I felt low-spirited at all, though it was my Medford day.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-12-01

Monday. 1st December.

Morning at the Office and in the Supreme Court. Little or nothing was done however of interest there. I had not much leisure to do any thing else, but in the afternoon made it up in reading my American History. Mr. Eddy, the Clerk of the Corporation, this day effected for me the transfer of the shares of the Middlesex Canal Stock. Nothing else happened of interest. In the evening George came to see me at my Office and we had some pleasant conversation until ten o’clock, when upon attempting to go, we found ourselves locked up in the building. { 317 } This was rather disagreeable as a prospect for the night, but we succeeded in drawing the door open by starting the bolts.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-12-02

Tuesday. 2nd.

Morning at the Office and in Court. Received a letter from my father in answer to the one which I wrote myself on the 20th of last month. It is rather giving me an expectation for something more than any thing in itself.1 But I passed much of the day reflecting upon it, when not engaged in the pursuit of my regular avocations. I devoted the evening to answering it, but could not satisfy myself with any thing I wrote.
1. Acknowledging receipt of “A Yankee Farmer’s” attack and of CFA’s reply (see entries for 18 Nov. and note, and 20 Nov. and note18 and 20 Nov., and notes, above), JQA asked his son quietly to make a collection of newspapers and pamphlets relating to the Federalists and the Hartford Convention (JQA to CFA, 26 Nov. 1828, Adams Papers).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-12-03

Wednesday. 3rd.

Nearly the whole of this morning was consumed in answering my father’s letter. My reply was a pretty bold explanation of the state of affairs here. I am not altogether convinced of it’s prudence, but as it appeared to me an outline which might do credit to my abilities in my father’s estimation, I decided upon sending it, taking a copy as usual in my Letter book.1 I read a little Law and passed a short time in Court. In the afternoon, was occupied in obtaining from among my books those volumes which contained my Documents.2 My celibacy is likely to be so long that I am tired of waiting for it’s end, and therefore will do as well as I can without being established. In the evening, Percy’s Reliques. Two young ladies, Miss Gannet and Miss Brooks, (not Abi), at the house.
1. CFA analyzed the reasons why leading Massachusetts Federalists reacted so strongly to JQA’s statement in the National Intelligencer (see entry for 18 Nov., and note, above). Some of them, he pointed out, “had been contributing their strength to support the cause [of JQA’s reelection] and had also gratified themselves by entertaining you with great hospitality when you have occasionally been here. . . . They thought it but a sad return for their famous dinners and more famous Madeira.” Their plan to ostracize JQA from Boston society had now been abandoned, however, and there was a growing feeling that the President had been “unjustly assailed and condemned” (CFA to JQA, 3 Dec. 1828, Adams Papers).
2. CFA was collecting documents and pamphlets which his father could use in further attacking the Massachusetts Federalist leaders.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-12-04

Thursday 4th.

Morning at the Office and in Court. Finding nothing interesting in the latter place, I read Law. This begins to tire. It is such exceedingly { 318 } disconnected reading that I question very much whether out of the range of the learning one gains by practice, any advantage can be derived from reading it. Afternoon, American Affairs. Evening, finished Percy’s Reliques. These have been amusing though they hardly exercise the mind sufficiently. On my return, finding much Company at home, I took a long walk.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-12-05

Friday. 5th.

Morning at the Office. Occupied in reading Law much as usual. Indeed my life now begins to assume that decided sameness which makes a Journal matter of very little interest to any of us. We are occupied most and therefore have least to say. But I find on the whole that my present mode of life is more productive of satisfaction to me than that last year, and I again begin to take that calm interest in literature and elegant subjects which more vivid feelings have so long interrupted. Pleasant visions too are indulged to me, which may or may not be realized, but I do not hesitate to indulge them as they serve to keep me satisfied with myself and to soften that rugged steep which the Poet pronounces so hard to climb.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-12-06

Saturday 6th.

Morning at the Office. Time a good deal distracted but I succeeded in writing my usual letter to my Mother before the time of the Mail. The remainder of the morning was passed with George in an investigation of Mr. Hilliard’s Book Store after Pamphlets but few of which we found relating to our subject. After dinner, occupied at the Office. Read Mr. D. P. Brown’s Review of Mr. Brougham’s Speech on the Law.1 A slender performance. In the evening I went to see Abby who was at Mrs. Frothingham’s. Found Mr. Gorham Brooks there and heard of his engagement to Miss Ellen Shepherd. A thing which has been drawn out to great length. Evening pleasant but these long absences certainly tend to chill the feelings considerably.
1. CFA’s copy of David Paul Brown’s Review of the Speech of Henry Brougham ... upon the State of the Law, Phila., 1828, is in the Boston Athenaeum.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-12-07

Sunday. 7th.

Pleasant Morning. Went to Meeting and heard Dr. Channing preach an excellent Sermon. It went home to my feelings, because I have constantly had in mind the subject of which he treated. Whether it made me any better, I am unable to say, but I certainly felt as if it ought to have done so. It was upon moral energy, it’s necessity in life, { 319 } tempered with mildness and the passive virtues. My own character being principally based upon energy, it has been matter of much reflection to me how far it should go without degenerating into obstinacy. I am aware of the liability to this on the part of a resolute man, and I have not been altogether inattentive to prevent it. Rode out with Abby to Medford in the afternoon, passed the evening in her company. Afterwards I had a long Conversation with Mr. Brooks upon subjects of interest. I found that my letter1 had done me injury which I hastened to explain and this led to a general conversation which relieved me a little as it made us more intimate.
1. See entry for 26 Oct., and note, above.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-12-08

Monday 8th.

Returned to town earlier than usual by way of showing my resolution. The day was exceedingly fine and my ride was tolerably pleasant. I forgot yesterday to mention the fact of my brother John’s being a Father, announced to me in a letter from my Mother, received yesterday.1 His wife was delivered of a daughter on Tuesday last, and this advances my Parents one generation into existence. I am glad of it upon all accounts, principally on my Mother’s, who will again have something in which to take an interest.
Morning engaged in copying my unfortunate letter to Mr. Brooks which he returned to me. How it could have been so misconceived, I am at a loss to understand, but must lay it to the extreme sensitiveness which exists upon the subject which it discusses. My course in this regard is a difficult one. Mr. Brooks conversed with me generally this morning, informed me that he had abandoned the idea of building a house for Abby and wished to purchase one, that he should be on the look out, but that in consequence, he should be unable to fix any time for the marriage, which is as much as to say that it must remain a contingency. But his manner and his language were so kind, that I could not press him further than he would go although I understand it to be absolutely necessary, as he is given to delay. I had not the heart to do it, and though aware that I was losing all the ground gained by my argument last evening, and subjected myself to another scene of a similar kind, yet I preferred doing so to seeming unhandsomely importunate. The day went off rapidly and I passed it pretty usefully though tormented with a head ache which at last disabled me from any further reading in the evening. It is a bad omen, for it bids fair to be a repetition of my evil days of last winter.
{ 320 }
1. LCA’s letter is missing. Mary Louisa Adams, the first daughter of JA2 and Mary C. (Hellen) Adams, had been born on 2 December. See Adams Genealogy.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-12-09

Tuesday 9th.

Morning at the Office, occupied much as usual. Read a portion of the Massachusetts Reports and other books of Law. Afternoon, Secret Journals of Congress. Evening, Boswell’s Life of Johnson in connection with Dr. J.’s works. So that the day was a very busy one and therefore produced little to record here. My spirits are now on the whole, better than at any time since I have lived in Boston. I like my accommodations better, and follow a more regular and quiet course of life, with the satisfaction of more useful and improving pursuits. It is true that Abby is dissatisfied, which worries me, but I have too many good reasons to yield to what can only be a momentary feeling on her part. At any rate, I will see, time will test the experiment, and if I should then see a clear termination to my engagement, I might be likely to give up a short time willingly. But not while that question remains in doubt. Gorham Brooks is positively going to marry Miss Shepherd. He is the only one of Abby’s brothers who has not been civil to me, and I have now a difficult part to play. Abby was slightly displeased with me for declining to pay the usual visit in such cases, but I did not tell her my principal reason.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-12-10

Wednesday 10th.

Morning at the Office and in Court. Heard a portion of an argument from Mr. Fletcher; it was very good. This gentleman is a rising character. He has some powers as an Orator, and some as a reasoner. But I could not remain in Court and so passed the morning reading Law at the Office. Richardson called to see me and pass half an hour. Afternoon, engaged in reading American Affairs. On my return home to tea, I found a Note from Abby1 who was in town, and I went to see her and pass the evening with her. The evening was tolerably pleasant. Now that the probability of my marriage seems to approach, I am becoming a little anxious and this produces some influence upon my feelings. But I am better than I have been.
1. Missing.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-12-11

Thursday. 11th.

Morning in the Supreme Court and at the Office. Found not much of interest in the first, and but little in the last, succeeded in finishing the first Volume of Massachusetts Reports, and looked over some por• { 321 } tion of the Statutes. On the whole a pretty good morning’s occupation. It rained pretty steadily though it was not cold. In the afternoon, Mr. Davis, my old fellow student at Mr. Webster’s Office, paid me an agreeable visit which prevented my reading, though not at all an unpleasant substitute. I attended a meeting of Mr. Quincy’s friends in the evening, commonly denominated a Caucus. He has most unexpectedly been defeated in his election to his old place of Mayor. This was got up to assist him and was rather tame.1 Indeed if this is the machinery of caucus, it is disgusting enough. I finished the evening at the Office with Boswell. But I was ill at ease for I thought Abby might be in town.
1. After serving five terms as Mayor of Boston, Josiah Quincy failed to receive a majority of all the votes cast in the municipal election in December 1828. A second ballot was taken with the same result. Thereupon the Mayor published a note stating that “no consideration would induce him to again accept the office,” and Harrison Gray Otis was elected without opposition (Winsor, Memorial History of Boston, 3:233).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-12-12

Friday 12th.

Morning pleasant. Passed the day at the Office and in Court. I generally devote the hour after breakfast to that purpose after which I read Law. Richardson and my brother George called this morning and passed an hour. Received a letter from my Mother, which amounted to exceeding little. After dinner, read Minot’s account of the Insurrections in Massachusetts in 17861 which afforded me much new matter never before under my notice. In the evening I went to the Tremont Theatre. Saw the Opera of the Barber of Seville in English, so that I have now seen it in all it’s forms. I liked it least as I saw it this evening but the intrinsic merit of the music and the piece is such as to make it in any shape delightful. We have not sufficient talent to support it fully with us. Mons. and Mad. Vestris danced afterwards and displayed beauty indeed. Their performance at New York when I saw them was nothing to this. It is astonishingly fascinating.
1. George Richards Minot, The History of the Insurrection in Massachusetts in the Year Seventeen Hundred and Eighty-Six and the Rebellion Consequent Thereon, Worcester, 1788. JA’s copy is in the Boston Public Library (Catalogue of JA’s Library, p. 169).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-12-13

Saturday 13th.

Nearly all the morning taken up in writing my usual letter to my Mother this morning. I was in better humour though the excitement of last evening reacted so much today as to make me a little unfit for law. I wrote also a short Note to John1 congratulating him upon { 322 } the birth of his child. The afternoon was passed as usual in reading a portion of American History. In the evening, I went to a meeting of the Debating Society and heard discussed the subject of a University in Boston. There was a tolerably spirited debate and I returned home quite pleased.
1. Missing.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-12-14

Sunday. 14th.

It rained during the night but cleared off this morning, the wind being Southerly and warm. This has certainly been a surprising Season. I went to Meeting in the Morning and heard Dr. Channing preach a Sermon on the same subject with that of last Sunday, on moral energy. I thought it inferior to the former. It was in some measure the repetition of a favorite idea by a diffuse writer, the principal defect which I discover in all of this gentleman’s productions. I also read some of the Sermons of Sterne. After dinner, rode to Medford, and passed the afternoon and evening in company with Abby. This day there was a fire in the Massachusetts Hospital which did much injury.1
1. A defective flue caused the fire in the Massachusetts General Hospital, damages from which were estimated at $2,000 (Columbian Centinel, 17 Dec. 1828).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-12-15

Monday 15th.

Returned to town this morning bringing Abby with me. Found at the Office a letter from my father upon the subject of the old federal question which has lately been excited. It was quite interesting and quite full.1 The morning passed without my doing more than reading some Cases in the Massachusetts Reports. I was engaged to dine out so called for Abby and went to Mrs. William Smith’s. Found Mr. and Mrs. Pickman, Mr. Storer, and Mr. and Mrs. Frothingham constituted the Company. The dinner was not unpleasant and passed the afternoon so that the Office was out of the question.
I then called at Mrs. Gorham’s [and] spent a couple of hours with Abby’s friend Julia. Mr. Charles Warren, a brother of Mrs. Gorham’s, came in.2 He is a wild being and subject to fits of a terrible kind. There is some feeling on this subject existing in relation to Abby, growing out of some insult offered to her formerly, which I have been unable to comprehend. This happened when she was very young and she evidently does not now understand what it was, but it created a violent affront which makes the meeting unpleasant to all parties. The family would not introduce him to me and so I was a little awkward. I had { 323 } no desire for his acquaintance. He is not a man to take notice of, and inasmuch as he has now learnt his distance, there is nothing for me to be troubled about. Returned to Mrs. Frothingham’s with Abby, passed half an hour in conversation and then went home. This was a pleasant day to me, though it reminded me that I was paying the price of my engagement as I shall do often in spite of myself.
1. Protesting that his communication to the National Intelligencer had been badly misunderstood (see entry for 18 Nov., and note, above), JQA claimed that his purpose had been to refute the allegation that New England Federalists during the War of 1812 had been in correspondence with British agents; their intrigues with the British had been earlier, before the two nations were at war. He announced that he had “under respectful consideration” a letter of interrogation from “thirteen distinguished members of the old federal party” (JQA to CFA, 8 Dec. 1828, Adams Papers).
2. CFA was in error; Mary (Warren) Gorham's brothers were named John Collins, Joseph, and Edward (John Collins Warren, Warren Genealogy, Boston, 1854, p. 50–51).CFA was likely referring to Charles Warren (ca. 1794–1854), son of John and Abigail Warren. Mary (Warren) Gorham's other brothers were named John Collins, Joseph, and Edward (Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910, 86:49; John Collins Warren, Warren Genealogy, Boston, 1854, p. 50–51).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-12-16

Tuesday. 16th.

Morning at the Office, passed in reading the Massachusetts Reports. Little of any consequence occurred. This was the day appointed for the trial of Genl. Lyman, and with some much interest was expressed.1 Mr. Quincy failed again yesterday in his election for Mayor.2 This is marvellous. Afternoon, reading the Secret Journals of Congress, and in the evening I wrote a draught of a reply to my father. So that the day was on the whole passed over quietly and more busily than any for a week. Little therefore to say.
1. The libel suit which Daniel Webster brought against Theodore Lyman was related to the controversy between JQA and the New England Federalists (see entries for 19 Oct. and 18 Nov., above). During the 1828 presidential campaign Lyman, a last-ditch Federalist, had thrown his weight behind Andrew Jackson and in the Jackson Republican charged, allegedly upon the basis of JQA’s statement to the National Intelligencer, that Webster and other Federalists had been in 1807–1808 “engaged in a plot to dissolve the Union and reannex New England to Great Britain.” Webster brought suit for criminal libel in the Supreme Judicial Court, Chief Justice Isaac Parker presiding. The evidence showed that JQA had never specifically mentioned Webster in this connection and that Lyman had included him only because of his later important position in Federalist councils. The jury was unable to agree, and the case was dismissed. See Fuess, Webster, 1: 173–174; Josiah H. Benton, A Notable Libel Case, Boston, 1904.
2. See entry for 11 Dec., and note, above.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-12-17

Wednesday. 17th.

Morning at the Office, busy in writing my reply to my father’s last letter. It was chiefly confined to the subject which has principally agitated this place for some time, and which is now interesting every body in the trial of Genl. Lyman.1 In the afternoon I finished the { 324 } Secret Journals of Congress and in the evening read Dr. Johnson’s Life. The whole day being passed very busily and not without profit. The Jury could not agree in their verdict.
1. CFA recalled that he had been present during the conversation between Clay and JQA, which immediately preceded the latter’s statement in the National Intelligencer concerning New England Federalists and the embargo (see entry for 19 Oct., and note, above). Old Federalists in Boston, he reiterated, were ready to forget the past and paid no attention to Jefferson’s letter; consequently they regarded JQA’s statement as an unprovoked denunciation of themselves (CFA to JQA, 17 Dec. 1828, Adams Papers).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-12-18

Thursday. 18th.

Morning occupied at the Office in reading Law. The day passed without any thing to render it notable. I was busily engaged in my various avocations and hardly heeded the course of time. It began to be cold again and reminded us that Winter was at last coming. Afternoon, interested in Pitkin’s Sketch of the Convention which framed the Constitution of the United States. This is a subject with which I am anxious to become familiar. In the evening I dropped in to a Meeting of the Citizens in general to nominate a Mayor. Mr. Otis seemed universally the favourite. How strange are the fluctuations of popular feeling. This gentleman is now up, who was down, and in neither case was there any assignable reason for it. And this nomination from an Administration Committee.1 I went to the Office and read Dr. Johnson.
1. After Josiah Quincy withdrew from the mayoralty contest (see entries for 11 and 16 Dec., above), a meeting of citizens was held at the Exchange Coffee House on 18 December to choose his successor on the ballot. A large majority favored Harrison Gray Otis, who consented to be a candidate (Columbian Centinel, 20 Dec. 1828). From CFA’s point of view it was ironical that Otis, one of the principal Federalists attacking JQA, should have been selected by an Administration committee.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-12-19

Friday. 19th.

Morning in Court and at the Office. Read the Massachusetts Reports as usual and passed a useful morning. The weather was severely cold but clear and pleasant, otherwise. Abby was in town but I missed seeing her. Afternoon reading Mr. Pitkin, the first years of the Federal Constitution. Evening reading Dr. Johnson’s Life of Frederick of Prussia and Mr. Boswell. The day on the whole very profitably employed. I am better satisfied with my present way of life than I have been with any for some years past. It meets more my idea of what is a man’s duty to himself. My reflections are all agreeable, and though few of the more violent gratifications of life come to distract the equa• { 325 } nimity of my spirits, yet I will willingly forego them to be rid of the distressing excess on the other side. My feelings have undergone a decided change for the better ever since I commenced this Volume.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-12-20

Saturday 20th.

Morning at the Office. Wrote a short letter to my Mother, but as I have but little to say myself, and she has not lately written to me, my sheet was but half filled. I do not propose to write much more as I have lost my interest very much in affairs there. Made one or two visits to J. R. Otis, and T. Davis, so that I did very little. Afternoon, finished Mr. Pitkin’s history. In the evening, I attended a Moot Court to which I have been lately admitted, consisting of the young Lawyers at the Bar. Heard an argument relating to the validity of judgments of one State in the Courts of another. J. Quincy Jr. and E. J. Lowell.1 It was very well.
1. Edward J. Lowell, an attorney whose office was at 39 Court Street (Boston Directory, 1829–1830).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-12-21

Sunday 21st.

Morning attended at Meeting and heard Dr. Channing deliver a Sermon on the substance of natural religion, the unity of God. It was not to me as good as usual. My thoughts were more difficult to control. But some passages seemed eloquent. The reason that I did not like it was that there was a little sectarianism, and not a little weak argument in it in it’s support. This gave me a dislike to it which I could not well get over. After dinner I went to Medford and passed the evening pleasantly as usual.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-12-22

Monday 22nd.

Morning, returned to Boston. The weather exceedingly cold but clear. I had a tolerably pleasant ride and found a comfortable fire at my Office to gratify me. Read Law much as usual. In the afternoon, looked over a few pages of the Federalist without any interest. This book never could fix my attention. Evening, attended with Mr. Tarbell, at the Meeting House in Federal Street, to hear an address delivered by Mr. Russell on the subject of Infant Schools.1 A new improvement of the present day. I listened without being convinced and understood without being delighted. Read Mr. Webster’s trial.2
1. William Russell, editor of the Journal of Education (Columbian Centinel, 24 Dec. 1828).
2. See entry for 16 Dec., and note, above.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-12-23

Tuesday. 23rd.

Arose this morning to see a little snow. But it lasted only a moment, and the day was clear and mild. Read some of the Massachusetts Reports, but was principally engaged all day in considering the propriety of answering in some measure the words of the Solicitor General in the late Trial.1 I could come to no conclusion. In the evening, read Dr. Johnson’s Life of Brown. This evening, Mr. Ignatius Sargent was married to Miss Charlotte Gray.
1. Daniel Davis, the solicitor general, concluded his speech in the libel trial of Theodore Lyman with a fling against JQA for defaming “the good and the patriotic and the pious” Federalist leaders now dead. JQA’s charge that the New England Federalists had plotted for the disruption of the Union, Davis declared, “exhibits every abandonment of principle—of unutterable depravity. It is an infamous falsehood” (Benton, A Notable Libel Case, p. 93–94).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-12-24

Wednesday 24th.

Morning at the Office as usual. Read a part of the Massachusetts Reports. In the afternoon, Clay’s Speeches and a few numbers of the Federalist. I attempted to write something upon the case of the Solicitor General but could not please myself. The unwarrantable language which that gentleman used in the Trial will not however escape my recollection soon. In the evening, Boswell and Johnson’s Life of Ascham.
My feelings now are of a singular kind. They are more quiet and settled than last year, and my tone of mind is much more healthy. The little melancholy I experience is of a placid and settled nature and rather serves to tinge me with a pleasant shadow than with the darkness of former days. Religious confidence has done much of this and a more measured way of life, a great deal. May it continue, for the easy passage of days is one of our greatest pleasures though it brings little of that turbulent felicity which is the element of many. I would hardly now stretch out my hand to accelerate or retard the passing moment. For the present is without trouble, and without pain. There is happiness even in this idea. For though I look with less dread upon the future now, it is still a mist capable of producing both good and evil. The present has neither. Method, regularity and the due employment of time, produce equanimity which, after all, is the great source of comfort here below.
Conversation with Mr. Tarbell. Property.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-12-25

Thursday. 25th.

Morning fine. At the Office. The associations with the recurrence of { 327 } this day have been to me most generally productive of pleasure. But for the two last there has been nothing to support them. At College, I looked to it as the certain period of reunion with my own friends, and afterwards, as the time in the year when all were disposed to pleasure and congratulation and happiness. These ideas are not congenial here, for with the customs of the Puritans they transfer to Thanksgiving, an Institution of their own, what ought to come at Christmas and New Year. My day was a dull one, being passed alone, my landlord and lady having gone out of town. But it was spent in study unremitting and brought in the evening satisfactory reflections.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-12-26

Friday. 26th.

Morning pleasant. At the Office, reading the Massachusetts Reports, as usual. I have not seen George for more than a week. We have had a slight difference. Afternoon, Mr. Burke on the French Revolution. My trunk has at last arrived from Washington. It contains the Volumes of Burke, the Shirts and all my Mother’s papers. It came open, whether intentionally or not, I cannot say. In the evening, read Dr. Johnson’s Preface to his English Dictionary which I admire very much. It pleases me more than any of his writings I have yet read.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-12-27

Saturday. 27th.

Morning pleasant. At the Office reading as usual. Wrote a letter to my Mother in answer to one received from her some days since, which I omitted to mention, and that also of a kind one from John.1 Afternoon, read a portion of Mr. Burke on the French Revolution, a third or fourth reading. J. Otis called and paid me a visit of an hour or more, conversing upon matters in general. Evening, as the subject for discussion at the Debating Society was not a very suitable one, I went to the Office, and read Boswell’s Life of Johnson together with his pamphlet of the False Alarm, upon the Middlesex Election.
1. Missing.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-12-28

Sunday. 28th.

Morning cloudy but still pleasant. This month has been delightful and has made a material difference in the length of the winter. Attended Meeting this morning and heard Dr. Channing preach a Sermon, but not remarkable for any thing. The close of the year generally presents a fine opportunity to a meditative mood, but he would not seize it. Went to Medford in the afternoon. I have at present rather a { 328 } distaste to it. I enjoy Abby’s society exceedingly when she is alone, and the uniformity of my spirits tends just sufficiently to curb her’s to make them agreeable. But when there are others who run her wild with unmeaning and loud nonsense, my own character is so inappropriate to these scenes as to make me feel a burden and clog. What the French call “de trop.” Gravity looks ill placed and I cannot join in it, so I pay for my pleasure now and then pretty severely. And yet I could not forego the gratification I do receive. My spirits slightly depressed.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-12-29

Monday. 29th.

The weather extremely pleasant. The Country looking beautiful from the effects of a white frost which was very heavy upon the ground. I rode into town having Abby in company with me. At the Office. Morning passed without doing much. I picked up a case to argue on Saturday for the Moot Court and made a slight examination into its merits. Also a case or two in the Massachusetts Reports. Read Mr. Burke in the afternoon, but could not succeed in fixing my attention to it at all. Spirits so variable as to affect the proper frame of mind for study. In the evening, I went to a small party at Mrs. Frothingham’s. None but the family of the Brooks’ and Grays. Probably given to Mrs. Sargent though she was not there. I got through as well as possible, but it was irksome. I would not at present give vent to my feelings for they are of a singular and unwelcome tone.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-12-30

Tuesday. 30th.

Morning at the Office, occupied much as usual. Received a letter from my Mother of a rather serious, remonstrative tone, which did not serve to add to the height of my spirits, already somewhat shaken. But she gives me assurance of her intended return here, which is gratifying.1 Read the law upon maritime loans for my arguments, and some of the Statute Law. Afternoon, Burke until nearly five when I went to see Abby at Mrs. Frothingham’s. The weather which had been exceedingly warm cleared off sharp and windy. Went to P. Chardon Brooks’ in the evening. A supper party to the Bride. Quite surprised as I had committed the heresy of going in boots. Invitation short. I would have preferred that there had been none. For as I did not know any of the Sargents, the evening was stupid. Abby was more restrained that I ever saw her which puzzled me. But her affair with Sargent makes it awkward.2 The supper was handsome and I was delighted to escape.
{ 329 }
1. LCA reproved her son for brooding so bitterly over the wrong he fancied JQA had done him in not increasing his allowance (LCA to CFA, 25 Dec. 1828, Adams Papers). See entry for 22 Aug., above.
2. See entry for 30 June 1827, and note, above.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1828-12-31

Wednesday. 31st.

Morning severely cold. At the Office, examining the Law Case without finding much. Read also some of the Massachusetts Reports. My system was not altogether in a good condition, being a little deranged by last night’s Supper. Afternoon, went to see Abby at Mrs. Frothingham’s. My feelings perhaps were more tender than usual, but her coldness of manner was very astonishing, and after having suffered it for some time, a strong reaction came over me and I left the house with feelings in no enviable condition. I was so weak as not to be able to resist the tears which fell with bitterness, which only proved to me how much I loved her. It is the first time I have felt as if I had a right to complain. I sought to forget it by constant attention to some literary subject at the Office. And so I read Dr. Johnson and Mr. Boswell. The fit went off and I felt more calm.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-01-01

January 1829. Thursday. 1 st.

The morning was cloudy and dull which ushered in the New Year. At this time it is not improper to seize a moment for reflection. The passage of the last [year] has been rapid and has brought with it much more certainty in regard to our prospects than the preceding ones. My father is about to retire at last. And a new scene of life is to open to us, which does not contain us as the principal actors. We have all borrowed distinction from his lustre, and with his eclipse comes also our darkness. For this I am not sorry. My own course is distinctly developing itself and it consists in quiet and perseverance in a laborious profession. My own fate is still in suspense, and another year commences upon me without any comfort but hope. My spirits are not high, I am not sanguine. And were it not for my unwavering confidence in a supreme direction, I should be pitiable indeed. I care less about raising the veil of the future. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. I sent Abby a little present of a copy of Shakespeare and a note full of affection.1 She sent for me and we made it up. I don’t wish to think upon the subject. It is not worth considering. { 330 } My lot is cast, and the probabilties of happiness are as great as fall to the lot of any man. Why should I crave any more?
Afternoon, reading Burke’s Appeal from the New to the Old Whigs. The day was very unpleasant, and it rained in the evening, so that I did not go out, but staid at home and read aloud to Mrs. Tarbell and Miss Thaxter some parts of a book composed of scraps from the New Monthly Magazine.
1. Missing.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-01-02

Friday. 2nd.

Morning still cloudy and unpleasant. At the Office. Received a letter from my Mother which was dated the 11th of last month, a circumstance which puzzles me not a little. I have received two letters later which referred to it. Reading Law as usual. First snow storm. Afternoon, Mr. Burke on the Irish Catholics. The evening was again passed at home on account of the Snow. So that Dr. Johnson has come on but poorly this week. I read more of the articles from the New Monthly Magazine.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-01-03

Saturday. 3rd.

The weather changed during the Night and saluted us this morning with a most bitter cold. The Thermometer was some degrees below zero and I really suffered more than usual. During the whole of the last Winter, I felt nothing like it. At the Office. Wrote a letter to my Mother and examined my Law Case for the evening, which occupied me diligently.1 I read some of Mr. Burke upon the Catholic question in Ireland, in the afternoon, and studied my subject for delivery at the Moot Court. I find the principal thing consists in the due arrangement of thought. Extemporaneous delivery consists in some measure in the strength with which the mind grasps an idea preserving the distinctness of it, and thereby rendering explanation easy. In the evening, I argued the case and was on the whole pretty well satisfied, as I had no great difficulty, although very far from elegance. This will come afterwards. Once confidence is gained in my own powers, I will not fear for the rest.
1. The made-up case concerned the master of a ship who was obliged to sell part of her cargo in order to repair damage done by a storm. On the return voyage the vessel was lost. The owners of the part of the cargo sold brought suit to recover the amount of the proceeds from the owner of the vessel. The case was decided against CFA (Law Miscellanies, M/CFA/17, Adams Papers, Microfilms, Reel No. 311).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-01-04

Sunday. 4th.

The weather did not relax at all in the intensity of cold. I suffered very much in dressing this morning. My room happening to be very cold. Attended Meeting in the Morning at Dr. Channing’s. Heard Mr. Gannett preach a Sermon not to my taste. Rode out to Medford as usual. Did not suffer so much from the air as I anticipated, being well protected in every part excepting my hands. Found the family rather dull I thought, at this [time?]. Abby complained of a cold and rheumatism. I passed the time much as usual. Pleasantly enough. Mr. Brooks was pleasant. I like his manner to me much better than I used to.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-01-05

Monday 5th.

Left Medford quite late this morning, anticipating a cold and disagreeable ride, and as usual not a little attracted by other causes. But I reached Boston very comfortably, the weather having moderated somewhat. The morning was occupied in making payments preparatory to an admission to the Bar. Afternoon, reading Mr. Burke’s Thoughts on French Affairs. He seems to have had his head a little turned by his apprehensions, although I admit that there was some occasion for it. Somehow or other, I caught a violent Cold which prevented my going to the Office in the Evening, so I remained at home and read aloud to the ladies of the family.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-01-06

Tuesday 6th.

Morning at the Office, and in the Court of Common Pleas. I was this day admitted to practice as An Attorney in this Court. May it be of service to me! and may my resolutions hold out to make the best of every thing that I can do. For indolence is not my wish and law business is within the reach of the most common abilities. Perseverance conquers all things. Settled my accounts with Forbes and Watson, my principal bills. My father sends me no remittance. Afternoon, Mr. Burke’s Pamphlets on French Affairs. Evening, Dr. Johnson. The weather was foggy but had moderated very much.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-01-07

Wednesday. 7th.

Morning at the Office. Received a letter from my Father but without a remittance. It was upon the subject of the present troubles which surround him.1 This prevented my doing much in the way of Law business this morning, or I would rather say, Law Study. De• { 332 } lightfully mild weather which is a grateful change. Afternoon, Mr. Burke still upon French Affairs. I confess myself tired of the subject. Evening, Mr. Boswell’s Life of Dr. Johnson and a portion of the Tour to the Hebrides, very amusing. Conversation at home until late upon Grammar and Pronunciation.
1. JQA’s letter brought his son up to date with an account of the latest developments in his war against the old New England Federalists. To the “thirteen confederates” who had demanded an explanation of his charges (see entry for 15 Dec. 1828, and note, above), he replied at length on 30 December 1828, denying their right to be considered representatives of the rank and file of the Federalist party and, therefore, refusing to disclose to them the names of any of the leaders allegedly connected with the 1808 plot to dismember the Union. “It is not improbable that, at some future day, a sense of solemn duty to my country may require of me to disclose the evidence which I do possess, and for which you call,” he concluded. “But of that day the selection must be at my own judgment” (HA, New-England Federalism, p. 46–62). Correctly anticipating further assaults, he renewed his request that CFA collect old pamphlets and newspapers which could help him (JQA to CFA, 31 Dec. 1828, Adams Papers).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-01-08

Thursday. 8th.

The day of the hero’s glory1 came in Clouds and rain. We had not so much noise and stuff this year. All is obtained. I wrote a long letter to my Father which occupied me all the morning, in a very interesting manner. A hint or two at my private affairs.2 My spirits today were low, but not so unsustained as formerly. There seems now to exist a buoyancy which keeps them up astonishingly. For although I have abundant reason for apprehension of the future, and at times, I feel as if certainty was coming over me, it is not so distressing to my Nerves as it was last year. My religious feelings are still strong and my confidence unimpaired. Afternoon, Mr. Burke upon French Affairs. Mr. Clay on the Tariff. Heavy rain. Evening, reading aloud at home.
1. The anniversary of Jackson’s victory over the British at New Orleans in 1815.
2. After reporting the political news, CFA reminded his father that the quarterly installment of his allowance had not arrived, that he had had to pay fees upon being admitted to the bar, and that he needed certain essential law books. “It is not to be concealed that I have felt very deeply your reproaches last Summer,” he concluded, referring to their conversation of 22 August 1828. “Perhaps I am dependent upon your bounty, but it is the lot of children and if they neglect no means of becoming free as early as education makes it possible, it is not their fault that they remain so” (CFA to JQA, 8 Jan. 1829, LbC, Adams Papers).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-01-09

Friday 9th.

Morning at the Office. Weather very disagreeable and the streets wet and muddy. I finished the second Volume of the Massachusetts { 333 } Reports and examined some of our Statute Law. In the afternoon I read Mr. Burke as usual. Evening, Dr. Johnson’s Tour to the Hebrides. Spirits rather depressed. The day was on the whole usefully passed.

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Date: 1829-01-10

Saturday 10th.

Morning at the Office. Received a letter from my Aunt Smith,1 instead of the usual one from my Mother, to inform me she was unwell. I had been apprehensive of this. My own customary letter was written notwithstanding and occupied me a large part of the morning. Remainder, reading Massachusetts Reports and Statutes. Afternoon, Mr. Burke upon the Regicide Peace. Evening at the Debating Society. Heard a very smart and spirited argument upon the subject of closing the Post Office on Sunday. At times, there was much piquancy, and some disagreeable personality, but it was on the whole, the most interesting debate I have witnessed. The subject is one at present agitating the Community, and many petitions are in circulation for the purpose of forcing Congress into Legislation upon it.
1. Missing.

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Date: 1829-01-11

Sunday. 11th.

The Cold was almost as severe today as it was last Sunday, giving to us the bitterness of Winter. I suffered more than usual, although on the whole, I think I bear the season pretty well. Morning at Meeting. Mr. Gannet preached a Sermon upon divine influence, to which I tried to listen, and to parts assented very willingly, particularly to that which asserted the efficacy of Prayer which I most firmly believe in. Afternoon. Rode to Medford. Arrived just as the People were leaving the Meeting house. Passed them all which annoyed me. Got through on the whole, more comfortably than last Sunday. The Country presented a magnificent Spectacle. The rain which had fallen heavily was congealed on the trees and grass and bushes and as the Sun declined, it’s rays were reflected in a thousand different ways from every prism which had been formed, and the whole mass looked like a magnificent powder of diamonds. Evening as usual—Abi.

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Date: 1829-01-12

Monday. 12th.

Returned to town this morning. The weather still cold, but much moderated. Morning at the Office. Massachusetts Reports. A long case upon the Law of Insurance. Slight peevishness at dinner, being { 334 } rather troubled with questions. Afternoon, finished Mr. Burke on French Affairs and with the subject, ends the Copy of his Works which I have. Evening, finished the Tour to the Hebrides which has interested me much. I admire it as a travelling sketch very much. The grandiloquence of Johnson is not generally popular at this day, but there is a philosophical tone attending his reflections, to me far more than equal such an objection.

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Date: 1829-01-13

Tuesday. 13th.

Morning at the Office. Massachusetts Reports. I was occupied some time in hunting about the Town for some Coal, which is rather scarce. Found some for my Office at last. Read over the case upon Insurance, and examined some of the special Statutes of the State. In the afternoon, commenced reading Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations which I propose to study with attention.1 It is quite interesting. Evening, Dr. Boswell and Johnson’s smaller Works, particularly his Taxation, no Tyranny, which is flimsy.
1. A set of The Whole Works of Adam Smith, 4 vols., London, 1822, is in the Stone Library. JA’s copies of Smith’s Wealth of Nations, one published in London, 1778, 2 vols., and a French edition published in Yverdon, 1781, 6 vols., are in the Boston Public Library (Catalogue of JA’s Library, p. 232).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-01-14

Wednesday. 14th.

The day was mild and rainy, which kept me at the Office employed almost constantly. This may be said to have been a well occupied space of time. The morning in examining some principles of Insurance Law, the afternoon in studying Adam Smith and the evening in reading Mr. Boswell. But upon such exertions, little occurs to remark, excepting that I find my principal difficulty consists in not being able to retain enough of what I read.

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Date: 1829-01-15

Thursday. 15th.

The uniformity of a studious life is proverbial. I have little or no account to give of myself excepting that I was occupied all day in my various studies. A mild rain kept me securely in my Office without interruption. In the evening, I remained at home, being a little alarmed at a pain in my breast and shoulder which worried me. The re-action of the cold weather.

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Date: 1829-01-16

Friday. 16th.

This was a lovely day and the softness of the air relieved me con• { 335 } siderably from my pain which was still however, somewhat sharp. Morning passed in reading the Massachusetts Reports, and finished the Collection of Statutes of the State from which I have gained some information. Called upon Davis and spent half an hour with him in conversation, but felt dissatisfied afterwards at the waste of time. Afternoon, Adam Smith from whom I have already gained some ideas. I went to the Theatre this evening to hear Dr. Arne’s Opera of Artaxerxes. Mrs. Austin and Mr. Horn.1 I was abundantly pleased. The former sings very well. The latter is not so highly gifted in voice. On the whole, I have seldom been better satisfied at the Theatre. The Soldier tir’d, and the Quartett of Mild as the moonbeams were exceedingly pleasing.
1. Mrs. Austin, an English singer, and Charles E. Horn, an English actor, were appearing in the opera by Thomas Augustine Arne (Ireland, Records of the N.Y. Stage, 1:545–546; Brown, History of the American Stage, p. 185).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-01-17

Saturday. 17th.

Morning at the Office, engaged in writing a letter to my Mother. After which I read the first Chapter in the third Volume of Kent’s Commentaries. Afternoon, engaged in a Chapter of Adam Smith upon Rent, which required pretty close attention. Attended the Moot Court in the evening where we had a good argument and pleasant conversation. My case was not decided in my favour.1
1. See entry for 3 Jan., and note, above.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-01-18

Sunday 18th.

Still rainy, attended the Meeting in Federal Street and heard Mr. Gannet preach a Sermon upon the utility of Controversial Religion, very little of which I could admire or assent to. Such a minister, with such ideas and feelings, is as shocking to my notions as possible, for it assumes severity as the garb of holiness. Why is man created with a sense of pleasure if he is not allowed to indulge it moderately? Why is a man indulged with reasoning powers if he cannot use them for himself with due diffidence? But to make it the duty of all men to worry and molest the opinions of others because they implicitly believe in the truth of their own, is to send the world into madness at once. I rode to Medford in the afternoon, and passed the evening as usual, pleasantly enough.

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Date: 1829-01-19

Monday. 19th.

Returned to Boston, rather late and passed the morning, or rather { 336 } what remained of it, in reading Law. Afternoon, Adam Smith upon the Value of Silver. The day was pleasant. In the evening, Mr. Tarbell had Company and in compliment to him, I was present during the evening. The party consisted of persons in the second rank in life in this City, being merchants and professional men of respectability. I made some acquaintances and attempted to make myself tolerably agreeable, as in commencing my career in Boston, I feel as if much might depend upon my course. For I fear, I shall fail.

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Date: 1829-01-20

Tuesday. 20th.

Morning at the Office. Received at last a letter from my Father with a remittance. There was not in it exactly what I expected. Although in noticing my allusion he made some kind of apology, yet it was not so kind as I expected after so long a silence. He attempts also to make me in the wrong, when I believe myself entirely right, or at any rate when I still feel as if I had suffered from his harshness.1 The larger part of his letter was upon other subjects. I read, but very loosely, and on the whole both morning and afternoon were not passed profitably owing to the difficulty which I found in fixing my thoughts. Evening, occupied in reading Mr. Boswell.
1. Sending CFA $250, JQA urged his son to forget their angry scene of 22 August 1828. “I told you then and repeat now,” he wrote, “that I will assist you and my other sons to the extent of my power, so long as I have the power and they are unable to support themselves. I will deny myself comforts to contribute to theirs, and only ask them to remember that I am retiring from the public service, with scanty resources, no light embarrassments, and a family unavoidably and heavily expensive” (JQA to CFA, 13 Jan. 1829, Adams Papers).

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Date: 1829-01-21

Wednesday. 21st.

Morning at the Office, engaged in writing a reply to my father’s last letter. I touched upon the topic so sore between us; perhaps I said too much, but I could not avoid expressing my feeling at any hasard.1 The tone was very subdued. I then discussed other matters of politics. Afternoon, much interested in a Chapter of Adam Smith upon the Banking System, which gave me many new notions. Evening, Mr. Boswell who is still interesting, although one’s opinion of him diminishes as we go along, and Mr. Otis upon the Hartford Convention, whose reasoning is rather specious than solid.2
1. Acknowledging receipt of his allowance, CFA recurred to “the very tender . . . subject” of his angry interview with JQA over finances on 22 August 1828. Instead of using harsh reproaches, his father should have resorted “to the influence of kindness or of reason.” “. . . if there is a disposition on your part so great to aid us,” he added, “let it also be remembered that it requires { 337 } only a fair conviction of the fact, to occasion cheerful and much greater sacrifices ... on our part to prevent it. Until this time at least, it will be admitted, the occasion has not called for them on either side” (CFA to JQA, 21 Jan. 1829, LbC, Adams Papers).
2. Harrison Gray Otis, Letters Developing the Character and Views of the Hartford Convention, Washington, 1820.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-01-22

Thursday. 22nd.

Morning at the Office, reading the Massachusetts Reports and the third Volume of Kent’s Commentaries. I also took an opportunity to look into Austin’s Life of Gerry and read a few pages upon the old party times.1 Afternoon, read over Adam Smith’s masterly Chapter upon Stock. Evening, Mr. Boswell. My time now passes very pleasantly in regular and constant attention to very interesting subjects, my spirits generally good, and presenting on the whole a powerful contrast to my condition last year, proving to me that my course has been the correct one.
1. CFA’s copy of James Trecothick Austin, The Life of Elbridge Gerry, 2 vols., Boston, 1828–1829, is in the Stone Library.

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Date: 1829-01-23

Friday. 23rd.

Morning at the Office. Occupied in reading some important cases in the Massachusetts Reports. I also read a few pages of Austin’s Life of Gerry where I found a most remarkable letter from my Grandmother.1 Such things perhaps may contribute to make a man too proud, but it is certainly a singular fortune of our’s, to be the descendants of so much talent and distinction on all sides. The dream of ambition is a pleasant one, and had I not much to break my spirit and check it’s luxuriance, none would have been more active and energetic in supporting, or at least attempting to support, the high standard of our race. But as yet I am not certain that my days are not numbered, or at least that there is not to be a complete period to my hopes. My feelings are more quiet now, but not less settled. I hope more and am more prepared.
Afternoon, Adam Smith. In the evening, I went to the Theatre and heard performed, the Marriage of Figaro with the Music of Mozart. I recollect this from the absurd figure that a man made when I saw the same piece attempted some years since at New York. It was pretty well this time, but I was not so well pleased as on last Friday. The Overture was good. Ballet of the Caliph of Bagdad.
1. AA wrote Gerry, 31 Dec. 1796: “The elevated station in which the suffrages of our country have placed our friend [JA], is encompassed with so many dangers and difficulties, that it appears to me a slippery precipice, surrounded on all sides with rocks, shoals and quicksands” (Austin, Gerry, 2:143–145).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-01-24

Saturday. 24th.

Morning at the Office. Received a very pleasant letter from my Mother, in very good spirits, which I answered directly. Occupied the remainder of the morning in reading Mr. Austin’s Life of Mr. Gerry, parts of which are interesting. Afternoon, reading Adam Smith, though not able to fix my attention properly. The subject, though intricate, is very interesting. In the evening I went to a meeting of the Debating Society. Subject of Infant Schools, and licensing Lottery Tickets. I took no interest in either. I was appointed on a Committee at the next evening on the subject of amending our Constitution. And this affords an opportunity, if I desire, to improve it. But I cannot tell.

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Date: 1829-01-25

Sunday. 25th.

Morning cold. Went to Meeting in Federal Street, and heard Mr. Emerson preach a Sermon upon Slander. Very good, more to the purpose than ten from Mr. Gannet. The good effect of these is palpable, that of others serves only to heat and inflame the community. After dinner, I went out to Medford and passed the day as usual. Abby was not well, and I myself felt a little head ache. Nothing remarkable.

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Date: 1829-01-26

Monday. 26th.

After waiting an hour or two with Abby, I came into town. The weather was very mild and became fair. At the Office, but not particularly occupied during the morning. Threatened with a head ache but it disappeared after dinner. Read some Chapters of the Wealth of Nations, and in the evening, amused myself as usual with Boswell. A quiet day.

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Date: 1829-01-27

Tuesday. 27th.

Morning foggy with rain. At the Office and in Court. Heard the close of an argument by Mr. Fletcher in which he injured his cause by too much earnestness. George came into my room and passed some time in conversation. We have at last in some measure got over the coldness. But I am determined in future to remain more at my own room. Having found that I can save much time which was formerly wasted. Afternoon, some Chapters of Adam Smith, and in the evening, Boswell. The rain changed to heavy snow.

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Date: 1829-01-28

Wednesday. 28th.

Winter is again upon us, and I do not welcome it with pleasure. { 339 } But it is early to think of a release in this climate. Morning at the Office. I attended a meeting of the Proprietors of the Middlesex Canal at the Exchange. Found a small attendance and no interest taken in it. Returned to Office and finished Austin’s Life of Gerry. Afternoon, Adam Smith upon the Tariff policy. Evening, Boswell fast verging to the last days of Johnson, and Mr. Pickering’s Review of the Cunningham papers.

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Date: 1829-01-29

Thursday. 29th.

Morning passed principally in Court, listening to an argument on the part of Mr. Fletcher. I see no way of shewing my disposition to do business so ready as being in Court, and propose to attend generally. Richardson came in and I went with him and sat in the Office. George came in and shewed me a letter from my father to him on the subject of the present controversy with the Federalists.1 I dined at Mr. Frothingham’s as Abby was in town. Had some conversation with him upon the election of Mr. Quincy to the Presidency of Harvard College which took place today. After dinner, sat with her an hour or more and then went to the Office and read one or two Chapters of Adam Smith. Evening, finished Boswell. He has been an amusing Companion for my evenings and I am almost sorry to come to the close.
1. JQA declared that his enemies among the old New England Federalists had always had a “sneaking kindness” toward Andrew Jackson and now that he was chosen President “they fall like hindoo self-devoted martyrs before the wheels of Juggernaut” (JQA to GWA, 19 Jan. 1829, Adams Papers).

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Date: 1829-01-30

Friday. 30th.

Morning at the Office; received a pleasant letter from my Mother, in pretty good spirits. Looked up a case that was argued at Moot Court a fortnight since, read the Law upon it but could not make up my mind. The news was that Col. Pickering was dead.1 I cannot say I am glad but I am not sorry. For he is an inveterate enemy to us, and my father’s residence here will be rather painful as it is, I fear. I this day, through the agency of Mr. Degrand, purchased two shares more of the American Bank which is in addition to my former investment. I have managed tolerably well, and hope it will do me service, for I have none to thank but myself in my two last purchases. Obtained a Dividend of ten dollars on a share on two shares of the Middlesex Canal. Dined at Mrs. Frothingham’s again. Gorham Brooks and Ellen Shepherd, Abby and myself. A painful affair to me, and it entirely turned the cheerfulness of my spirits. I cannot feel easy where I am conscious { 340 } I am asked merely on Abby’s account, and the repugnance grows in me. A little of Adam Smith, Conversation with George, and in the evening, finished Pickering’s Review.
1. Timothy Pickering died in Salem on 29 January 1829 (DAB).

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Date: 1829-01-31

Saturday 31st.

A fit of low spirits has come upon me, from what particular reason, I am not able to say. It originates perhaps with the feeling of irksome impatience occasioned by my situation in regard to the Brooks family, alluded to yesterday. I am tired of my engagement and the difficulties in the way of my visits to Abby. And heartily have I wished more than once that she had not a relation in the world. This is decidedly selfish and should not be indulged. All men suffer more or less from this disadvantage, and my only singularity is that I should be favoured with an unusual, and what is worse, an unexpected quantity. I hope Abby will not stay in town again till she is about to be married, if that time should ever come. My present arrangement is a pleasant one to me, for I see a great deal of her without any, or at any rate, much of the alloy. I cannot feel at home among her relations and there is an end of it.
I passed the larger part of the morning at the Office of the Middlesex Canal, gathering information of Mr. Eddy, and obtained enough to satisfy me for the present. I intend trying my hand at a paper upon this subject.1 Passed a part of the afternoon with Abby. Not very pleasantly for I was dull and restless. Interrupted by the arrival of Henry Brooks from New York. He has been absent a year, and looks thin. Went to the Office and wrote a letter to my Mother. It was short as my time was limited and it was not in very good humour as I was not. Evening, I went to Moot Court but found that there was none and felt exceedingly dull. Passed an hour at the Office but my fire was gone, and I was compelled to go home early.
1. The Middlesex Canal was to occupy much of CFA’s time during the ensuing week. For the essay which he finally prepared see entry for 7 Feb., and note, below.

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Date: 1829-02-01

Sunday. February 1st.

Attended at Church all day at Federal Street. Heard Mr. Gannett whom I liked less even than usual. There are a species of men, who to a proud and sensitive mind, with the best meaning in the world, turn all religion into disgust. I must leave this Church if I wish to preserve my Christian feelings. Mr. Gannet belongs to a gloomy, denunciatory style of preachers who meet either my aversion or my contempt. { 341 } Passed the afternoon with George, where I saw what I did not wish to see, and drank tea with Miss Harriet Welsh where I conversed much upon many subjects.

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Date: 1829-02-02

Monday. 2nd.

Morning at the Office. Occupied in digesting my Notes about the Middlesex Canal, but I was much interrupted. My friend, Mr. Tarbell, brought me a little debt to collect which is the first Act I have performed in the way of my profession. It put me in pretty good spirits. I this day paid Mr. Ward for one quarter’s occupation of my Office, for which I have not yet been reimbursed. After dinner, I spent some time with Abby at Mrs. Frothingham’s, pleasantly enough. A violent snow storm came on so that I remained at the Office only a few minutes and remained at home in the evening. Mr. Tufts1 and Mr. Kinder, an English Agent, came in, with whom I had an argument upon political economy over some very good English Ale.
1. Presumably Cotton Tufts (1757–1833), of Weymouth (JQA, Diary, 13 July 1829). See Adams Genealogy.

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Date: 1829-02-03

Tuesday. 3rd.

Morning at the Office. Employed in reading Law and drawing up my paper upon the subject of the Middlesex Canal. I received this morning the first money in the way of my profession. It was very gratifying, for I felt as if no one had a right to reproach me for it. And I have unhappily known too well what that is, not to relish even the mere dawn of independence. My spirits are not very bright, a cloud hangs over them which I cannot dispel. But I feel cheerful enough to prosecute my duties without tedium. Afternoon, with Abby at Mrs. Frothingham’s. Nothing remarkable, but time very agreeable. In the evening at the Office, where I read Johnson’s Life of Pope, and criticism upon his Epitaphs. I was not as attentive as I should have been, I strongly suspect, for I was dull to much of it’s point.

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Date: 1829-02-04

Wednesday. 4th.

Morning at the Office. Occupied much of the time in drawing up a Paper upon the Middlesex Canal. I intend showing this to my Father, though I am induced to do this from two motives separate from him, my own improvement and information. He would hardly repay me my trouble if I trusted to him. It may be wrong to feel as I do about him, { 342 } but his course hardly makes any other sentiment possible. I trust I feel duly attached to him, but my pride and independence have received a blow which he can never heal. I expected more than he was willing to comply with; I expected an active kindness equal to my own. Not in deeds, if he was unable to assist me, but in words and in manner. I do not desire to exalt myself or depress my brother. But I had sacrificed much for him, and I had done much to put that brother in a way to please him. Much of his condition was owing to my vigilance and care. And when that brother received even extraordinary kindness and I, extraordinary harshness, is it to be wondered at that I cannot root out the remembrance from my mind? I have never written so fully my mind in my Journal, time has taken off much of the bitterness which prevented my doing so, circumstances will probably prevent any positively unfavourable effect upon my prospects, but the memory of coldness from a parent still has force in itself to prompt these lines. In the performance of duty, I console myself.
Read a little Law. In the afternoon, with Abby, pleasantly as usual. Went to pay a visit to Mrs. Saml. Dexter in the evening. She is a pleasant and rather a witty old lady. Abby is a kind of protegé of her’s and I am well pleased that it should be so. Mr. and Mrs. Frothingham were there also.

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Date: 1829-02-05

Thursday. 5th.

Morning at the Office. Received a pleasant letter from John, asking my assistance in a plan of his respecting the French Claims. He wants to get business before them if a Board should be constituted as is expected shortly. I wrote a reply immediately and told him that I would do what I could.1 I was occupied in my Middlesex Canal paper nearly all day. After dinner, went to see Abby at Mrs. Frothingham’s and passed the afternoon there. I went also in the evening, in order to escort her to see Miss Carter who has just lost her brother,2 passing the evening with Mrs. Frothingham, myself.
1. Both of the letters are missing. American citizens had claims of more than $12,000,000 against the French government, dating from the Napoleonic wars. “They included cases of appropriations and condemnations of property in violation of the Convention of 1800, irregular condemnations or confiscations, retroactive condemnations, condemnations under the ‘retaliatory’ Berlin and Milan decrees, . . . and other arbitrary procedures.” For years the American government had vainly sought a settlement, but the newly elected President Jackson was pledged to take a more forceful line (Bemis, Diplomatic Hist. U.S., p. 287–288).
2. William P. Carter, Anne Carter’s brother, died “in a state of insanity” in Elizabeth City, N.J., on 23 January (Columbian Centinel, 7 Feb. 1829).

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Date: 1829-02-06

Friday. 6th.

Morning at the Office. Received very pleasant letters from my Father and Mother. The first was full of interest, being in his peculiar style. The second was very pleasant and disclosed more of the plans than usual. I am glad some of the servants are coming on. It will be a great advantage. On the whole, my spirits were more elated than usual. I was busy in copying the Paper on the Middlesex Canal. Dined at Mr. Frothingham’s with the family and Henry Brooks. He is very pleasant. Abby was not in very pleasant humour, so that I did not have a very agreeable afternoon. This is a candid confession but I am never disposed to make concealments. All I wish to do is to make allowances. Busy, the remainder of the afternoon. In the evening, called for Abby at Mrs. Warren’s. She is an old lady and a very coarse one. The family to whom Julia Gorham is connected are attentive to Abby, so she returns, but excepting the Gorhams, they are my aversion. Returned at ten, perfectly tired out.

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Date: 1829-02-07

Saturday. 7th.

Morning at the Office. Engaged very busily in an answer to my father’s letter [of] yesterday. The famous pamphlet came out this morning, and I read it previous to my writing.1 It serves only the purpose of declaring the war. And I presume that in future we shall have no communication between the parties. I was exceedingly engaged with this letter and my Middlesex Canal Paper. It occupied me all the morning and until four o’clock in the afternoon, hard and constant labour.2
I then went to see Abby as usual and passed the afternoon pleasantly. The death of William Carter which had raised her sympathies very much for her friend Miss Carter was passing over, and she felt less sensitive than yesterday. My only fear about her is that upon entering the world she has too much to learn. Some mortification to experience and some sorrow to bear. In the evening I attended the Debating Society. The subject was the character of Napoleon as given by Dr. Channing.3 Although I had not expected at all to engage in the debate, yet as the question was interesting and my feelings gradually engaged, I hazarded a few words and did better than I expected. I am inclined to believe that I may yet succeed in improving my qualities as a speaker when I wear off the timidity which embarrasses me so much.
1. The eighty-page pamphlet was titled Correspondence between John Quincy Adams, Esquire, President of the United States, and Several Citizens of Massa• { 344 } chusetts concerning the Charge of a Design to Dissolve the Union Alleged to Have Existed in That State, Boston, 1829. It reprinted the earlier documents in the controversy over JQA’s charge that New England Federalists had conspired to divide the Union, along with a detailed reply, dated 28 January 1829, from the “thirteen confederates” which claimed that JQA had failed to present any proof of his accusation. CFA thought that Harrison Gray Otis was the author (CFA to JQA, 7 Feb. 1829, LbC, Adams Papers).
2. CFA’s “A Paper on the Middlesex Canal,” bearing the present date at the end, attempted to examine the income and expenditures of the corporation and to predict its future revenue and dividends. He concluded: “it is only a Property fit for Capitalists—Men who have no immediate necessity for revenue” (M/CFA/21, Adams Papers, Microfilms, Reel No. 315).
3. See entry for 11 Nov. 1827, and note, above.

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Date: 1829-02-08

Sunday. 8th.

Went to Church this morning at Federal Street and heard Dr. Channing preach a Sermon which was a very pretty piece of writing but which I could not take much interest in. I confess I was indulging in dreams. Ambition is an enticing subject. And whenever I feel the energies within me rising, I take a pleasure in them which cannot be repressed although there is a weight which hangs over me, with considerable force, keeping down exuberant hope. I am confident of success in life if I live. That is the question. I am entirely in the hands of Providence. In the afternoon, Mr. Noyes preached,1 and I cannot say that I was too much pleased. He was an old Instructor of mine and I wish him well. But had he taken more interest in me, I might perhaps have been more successfull at Cambridge. I was negligent at that time, and finding that it disabled me from pursuing the College studies, I was thrown into other pursuits which perhaps will eventually prove more advantageous. In the evening, attended an Oratorio of sacred Music. Mr. Horn, Mrs. Austin and others. I was pleased though not so much delighted with music as usual. I have not seen Abby today and feel it considerably. Custom and affection soon form heavy bands. Returned in a heavy rain.
1. George Rapall Noyes, Harvard 1818, who was tutor from 1822 to 1827 and served as Hancock professor of Hebrew from 1840 to 1868 (DAB).

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Date: 1829-02-09

Monday. 9th.

Morning at the Office, engaged all the morning though I could hardly tell how. I did accomplish a letter to my Mother which should have gone on Saturday. And I seemed busy without much useful purpose. Another Client this morning. A little conversation with Mr. Davis at Webster’s upon my father’s Pamphlet, which excites a good deal of talk. Afternoon with Abby, pleasantly as usual. Evening at the Office reading Pope.

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Date: 1829-02-10

Tuesday. 10th.

Morning at the Office. Not very usefully occupied. I must again resume my old habits which my late way of life has had an injurious influence upon. Dropped in at Hilliard’s and purchased an annual for Abby. This day completes the two years since I offered myself to her acceptance. And by a singular because unintentional coincidence, the book was called the Anniversary. My feelings have changed with the times. I was then careless, luxurious and independent. I am now cautious, frugal and not my own master. I love Abby but like all lovers pass as much of my time in unhappiness as in pleasure, and above all have still more awful ideas of the future than ever. Mine is a mind fertile in expedients for self torment. And under a strong influence of depression I this evening laid down my soul in Prayer. Dined at Chardon Brooks’ with Abby which unfitted me for study in the afternoon, and returned in the evening. I am sure I feel exceedingly well disposed to every one, but I cannot relish evenings of this kind. And they grind my spirit. I cannot account for their influence. They all feel kindly to me, I believe, and I certainly feel no ill will to them, far from it, but there is a want of something which presses upon me with a rod of iron. Returned home in a snow storm which gives us token of more winter.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-02-11

Wednesday. 11th.

Arose in better spirits. Morning at the Office, occupied in reading Law. Kent’s Commentaries, the third Volume, which is more to my taste than the preceding ones. Also, some cases in the Massachusetts Reports. Nothing particular happened and no Clients came in. Afternoon with Abby. I was paid for my low spirits yesterday by having a most delightful afternoon today. Such is the waywardness of human life. George came in and had some conversation. The political troubles. My father is now standing on a point. His attitude is commanding. If the future must be war, let it come. Evening, went with Abby to Mrs. Carter’s and called for her on her return. Commenced reading Pelham, a new Novel.1
1. Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer (afterwards Bulwer-Lytton), Pelham; or, the Adventures of a Gentleman, 3 vols., London, 1828.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-02-12

Thursday. 12th.

Morning at the Office, occupied in reading Law. Nothing of any consequence occurred. Dined at Mr. Frothingham’s. Why is it that { 346 } I should be more than fully tried? I detest these family affairs among “my wife’s relations.” This is the plain sense of my feelings. I am tried1 of going about to people’s houses as a pensioner, and I am tried of trying to be intimate where the difference of manners and feelings and character is such as to prevent the possibility of it. If this is to be a perpetuity, it is a curse, and I shall have eminent reason to repent my marriage. I hope this will not be the result. I love Abby dearly for herself alone, and I do not wish to marry her family. Had I seen her here, instead of at Washington where she was alone, I think I never should have had courage to pierce this Army. Evening, reading Pelham. My head ached, because out of complaisance I drank too much wine. Pleasant conversation with George.
1. Thus in MS, here and again in this line, but probably both are slips of the pen for “tired.”

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-02-13

Friday. 13th.

Morning at the Office. Suffering under a head ach, the consequence of the wine. I have become so unaccustomed to this article that it has a very unfavourable influence upon my nerves. Received quite a pleasant letter from my Aunt Smith which I answered directly.1 But my reply did not have the point I wished, as my spirits were not high. The wit which formerly sparkled in my letters is nearly extinct. My character is not what it was. It is useless to trace the causes of the influence which has changed it for I know them well.
A little law. Afternoon, Pelham, very interesting. Rather a singular book, but containing much sense, and observation of character. Exaggerated as such books generally are for it is difficult to avoid this in a Novel, and besides, it is easy to call a thing extravagant though much in human life can be found too high wrought even for the wildest scene of a Novel. Yet as we see little out of the common life, in general, we pronounce all equally impossible. Evening, dressed for a Supper party. Had on a Coat which I have never worn before and which I had hoped first to put on for a different occasion.2 My spirits were depressed by it and by the unexpected idea of the Company I was to enter. Mrs. Ignatius Sargent gave the Party and it was very handsome, but the character of the Company was not pleasant to me being People in whom I took no interest, and with whom I have very little in common. My great dislike to this kind of society is that I feel myself in some measure invited on Abby’s account, as a pendant, and this entirely stiffens me. Sat between Abby and Mrs. Frothingham but had a stupid time.
{ 347 }
1. Both Mrs. Smith’s letter and the reply are missing.
2. See entry for 6 Nov. 1828, above.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-02-14

Saturday 14th.

Morning at the Office but not much occupied. Wrote a letter to my Mother and conversed with George. My mind was disposed to dissipation of thought, and so I read Pelham. This I finished in the afternoon. I have been much interested in it. The book bears signs of a manly and vigorous mind. The reflection is of a very high character. Novels are in general dangerous resources for studious Lawyers, and I consequently dabble in them but very little. Conversed with George upon it. His mind is a pleasant one from it’s high cultivation, and though it is undirected to any useful purpose from his want of steadiness of [ . . . ] action, it affords agreeable results in desultory conversation. Evening with Abby, found her dull and could not succeed in rousing her. Am I right in wishing this probation over. For the cold and the hot of lovers is after a certain period quite distressing.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-02-15

Sunday 15th.

Morning at Meeting at Dr. Channing’s. Heard him but not with much interest. The sameness of his case worries me. He always talks prettily but not often to any useful purpose. Afternoon, Mr. Gannet with his usual fulminating style. He would have made a capable Pope of Rome in the days of power. Spent an hour with Harriet Welsh and another with George pretty agreeably. Evening at home. Tried to see Abby but found so many people I returned without attempting it. Very stupid at home. I hope not to be condemned to such another sunday evening.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-02-16

Monday. 16th.

Morning at the Office. Received a pleasant letter from my Mother enclosing a present of a ten dollar bill. This was unexpected and hardly agreeable, for I know she has little and that I should be the one to give. I confess it is a relief though I might easily go on without it. But in accepting it, I shall put a stop to any thing similar in future. Perhaps a time may come when I can return it with interest. Passed a part of the morning in the Court of Common Pleas and George talked away the remainder. Afternoon pleasantly with Abby. I cannot help feeling a wish that ought not perhaps to be indulged, that the engagement was nearer to it’s close. But patience, three months have already { 348 } passed of the additional probation. Evening at the Office, reading Pope. Mr. Fletcher this day became a fellow boarder with me.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-02-17

Tuesday. 17th.

Morning at the Office and in Court of Common Pleas. Little of any consequence occurred. I am trying to pursue my simple course as well as I can. Had a client this morning through the kindness of Mr. Tarbell. Small debts to collect. Thus went the morning. Afternoon, engaged in reading Adam Smith which Abby’s departure from town enables me to resume. Evening, reading Pope—Eloisa to Abelard. A beautiful letter, if we examine the manner and the versification but something too sensual. I also read many of his smaller Poems.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-02-18

Wednesday 18th.

Morning at the Office and in Court. Three days have been passed in a single case of Leonard Foster against the City. It was so dull I could not stay. Pleas of land are dry things to argue upon. The rest of the morning passed in Law. Afternoon, Adam Smith, Chapter on Colonies. Evening, Pope’s Essay on Man. A style of Poem which does not interest me much. The day spent usefully but not without tedium. I feel the want of good society.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-02-19

Thursday. 19th.

Morning at the Office. Reading Law but not with any interest. The multiplicity of subjects distracts my attention and the dryness of detail worries my patience. Walked into Court, found the Supreme Court sitting to hear motions. Afternoon, Adam Smith upon the Colonial System, quite interesting but difficult. Evening, Pope Essays and Epistles.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-02-20

Friday. 20th.

Morning at the Office. And in Court. Heard a case argued of little importance and without affording much instruction. But it is still of service to me to be here as it makes me familiar with practice and with men. Conversation for an hour, with George. Afternoon, finished Smith’s Chapter on the Colonies as a system of policy. Evening at the Theatre. Rob Roy and the Quartette, pieces of very little merit. Madame Feron1 —not pleased with her style of singing. Too artificial. I like art and execution but not alone. It drowns the natural effect of simple sounds when produced incessantly. She did not sing the Soldier { 349 } Tir’d so well as Mrs. Austin. But her voice is sweeter, and her low notes are much more clear and effective. On the whole, not well satisfied particularly as I breasted the heaviest snow storm we have had this winter, on my return. This exertion and a heavy fall which I had put me a little out of spirits.
1. The two operas were Rob Roy MacGregor, or Auld Lang Syne, a musical adaptation of Sir Walter Scott’s novel, by John Davy and Henry Rowley Bishop, and The Quartette, by Charles E. Horn. Madame Elizabeth Feron (1793–1853) was an English singer who had made her first American appearance in 1828 (Brown, History of the American Stage, p. 122).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-02-21

Saturday. 21st.

Morning at the Office, but rather late. The storm ceased at eight o’clock and we found ourselves in the midst of snow. I have not seen such a spectacle since my Junior year at Cambridge. The depth of it on a level might be a foot and a half. But it lay in some places in drifts of four or five feet. My Office windows were covered so as completely to shut out the light. Wrote a letter to my Mother which occupied all the morning that remained. Afternoon, read over Dr. Channing’s Review of Napoleon’s Life, with a view to discussion in the evening but the meeting1 was so thin, that I took no advantage of it.
1. Of the Debating Society.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-02-22

Sunday 22nd.

Attended divine service all day at the Meeting House in Federal Street. Heard Dr. Channing in the morning in his usual beautiful but attenuated style. Afternoon, Mr. Gannet upon Education, more sensible than usual. The snow was so deep, and the account of the roads so appalling that I declined the idea of riding to Medford, and passed a very dull day in Boston. Indeed I had calculated so confidently but a week since upon no more repetitions of Sundays in Boston that my disappointment upon the very first strongly impressed me with the idea of folly of human expectation.
This day is not only remarkable as the anniversary of the natal day of Washington. To me it has a dearer association, for two years since I felt that evening for the first time as an assured lover. It dates a revolution in my feelings and sentiments of action of a most fortunate character to me, so far, and may it still continue! From having been a man without action and without purpose, I am become steadily devoted to a single line of conduct, with motives of which none could feel ashamed, and with pursuits which, however they may fail of success { 350 } in the world, are decidedly honourable to myself. I cherish the recollection of the day though it may have come too late.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-02-23

Monday. 23rd.

Morning at the Office, engaged in examining my Papers for some years past and destroying many of them. I do this in order to arrange the remainder for any future contingency. In reading my brother George’s letters I saw much which reminded me forcibly of by-gone days. Afternoon, Adam Smith. Evening, Pope. Weather excessively cold. The Winter does not relax.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-02-24

Tuesday. 24th.

Morning at the Office and in Court. Little going on of any importance. The day rather dull and I was inclined to head ache. Read over my files of letters from my brother George. They amused me exceedingly and I could destroy only a few. The remainder I put up to be restored to him. Afternoon, in Court, and a Chapter of Adam Smith. Evening, Pope’s Dunciad in which I have never been able to take great pleasure. A slight fall of snow.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-02-25

Wednesday. 25th.

Morning at the Office and in Court. The place was crowded as it was expected that a case of defamation would come on between Mr. Fales and two Milliners who charged his Wife with stealing. It was carried up to the Supreme Court. I saw more of the practice in this Court than usual, today. Received a sweet Note from Abby1 which made me glad, and a short Letter from my Father together with the Washington Pamphlet of the Correspondence.2 Some of the papers are very astonishing. Afternoon, Adam Smith and evening, Pope. The weather very bad.
1. Missing.
2. JQA had been busy trying to collect evidence to refute the “thirteen confederates” (see entry for 7 Feb., and note, above). The only trustworthy recollection he could secure was that of William Plumer (1759–1850), a former Senator from New Hampshire, who claimed to know at first hand of a New England separatist movement in 1803–1804, which he believed had been revived in 1808 and in 1812. JQA had Plumer’s letter and other supplementary papers added to a new edition of the pamphlet of the Boston Federalists: Correspondence between John Quincy Adams, President of the United States, and Several Citizens of Massachusetts concerning the Charge of a Design to Dissolve the Union Alleged to Have Existed in That State. To Which Are Now Added Additional Papers, Illustrative of the Subject, Washington, 1829 (copy in MHi).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-02-26

Thursday 26th.

The morning opened with a heavy rain, which acting upon the snow already on the ground, laid our streets some inches under water. The walking was consequently horrible. I went to the Office in the morning but was satisfied to remain at home during the rest of the day. Wrote an answer to my father’s last. It was short and a little dull. I did little else during the morning. Afternoon and Evening passed in reading Mirabeau’s Private History of the Court of Berlin.1 Not very amusing, although good as the models for a spy, into the politics of a Court.
1. The Stone Library contains two copies of Histoire secrète de la cour de Berlin, by Honoré Gabriel Riquetti, Comte de Mirabeau, 2 vols., London and Paris, 1789.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-02-27

Friday. 27th.

Morning cold and unpleasant. At the Office and in Court. This Controversy has at last excited me very much and I could not avoid writing a short Article for the Patriot, notwithstanding the express injunction of my father to keep quiet.1 The course of the federal Newspapers is too unfair. Nothing going on in Court, so that I continued the examination of my Papers and destroyed a number. Afternoon, read the Trial of Mr. Child for a Libel on Mr. Keyes,2 and a Chapter of Adam Smith. Evening, Pope, Dunciad and his Numbers of the Guardian.
1. CFA’s article did appear in the Boston Patriot & Mercantile Advertiser on 28 February. Commenting on the JQA-William Plumer correspondence, which the paper was printing (see entry for 25 Feb., and note, above), CFA wrote: “It is not our intention, after the manner of some of our cotemporaries, to ask the public, first to take our word, and read afterwards; nor with others, to show only those parts which have not been published before, out of connextion. . . . All we ask, is the attention of our readers to the whole pamphlet taken together.” See GWA to JQA, 28 Feb. 1829, and JQA to CFA, 8 Mar. 1829, Adams Papers.
2. CFA’s copy of the Trial of the Case of the Commonwealth versus David Lee Child, for Publishing in the Massachusetts Journal a Libel on the Honorable John Keyes, Boston, 1829, is in the Boston Athenaeum.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-02-28

Saturday. 28th.

Morning at the Office. Wrote a letter to my Mother and a short Note to my father besides sending an order to my Tailors in Philadelphia which I note for the sake of remembering the fact.1 This occupied the time until dinner after which I read Adam Smith. Evening at the Moot Court. Heard a short argument and passed the remainder of the evening at home.
1. The letters to JQA and to the tailors are missing.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-03-01

Sunday. March 1st.

Attended service in the morning and heard Mr. Gannet deliver a Sermon as usual. Differing but little from any preceding ones which I have heard from him. The day was cold and blustering, fit weather for the month we commence. After dinner, I went to Medford in a sleigh, it being the first time I recollect to have driven a thing of the kind, and the first for a long time that I have been in one. I got there safe and glad to see Abby again after so long a separation. She was more affectionate even than usual, and I felt my feelings soothed and my happiness raised to a degree which has not happened before for a long time. Not that I have not been occasionally very much so, but this was an evening “par excellence.”

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-03-02

Monday. March 2nd.

Passed an hour with Abby previous to my return to town, pleasantly enough. The day was fair and I came in pretty rapidly. Morning at the Office, writing a letter to my Aunt Smith in reply to one received from her on Saturday.1 Afternoon, engaged in reading Adam Smith but my attention was not fixed to it. So that I gained little. In the evening, Mirabeau, Cour de Berlin, not interesting at all. I felt heavy, and apathetical, if there is such a word. I suspect, a little bilious, for this was my condition last Spring.
1. Both Mrs. Smith’s letter and the reply are missing.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-03-03

Tuesday. 3rd.

Morning at the Office. Weather tolerably mild at last. After being engaged some time in filing papers, I went into Court. The Supreme Court of the State commencing its Session this day. I heard an argument on a motion for a release of a Prisoner brought up on Habeas Corpus. This occupied the morning, and I took a Note of it which I passed the Afternoon in filling out, excepting a short time in which I was occupied in reflecting upon my argument about Banks which I am engaged to make before the Debating Society.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-03-04

Wednesday 4th.

Morning at the Office, and in the Supreme Court where I listened to a case of not much importance. This is the day upon which Genl. Jackson takes upon himself the responsibility of government. It is the day consummating the triumph of his party, and was celebrated accordingly by his partisans here who have never been numerous in this { 353 } quarter, but who were anxious to make some display on this occasion. Guns were fired, the troops paraded and so forth. My father is now a private citizen after a long life of public service. I hope he will feel pleasure in the circumstance, but have yet to see how the change will become him. Four years since, the scene was different and I took my part in the pride and in the pleasure. Now I feel little regret, and little interest in the matter. I could not help thinking that it might be a trying day at Washington though it was not so here.
Afternoon, engaged in writing and reading on the subject of the Banks, and copied very clumsily my Note of the Argument in the morning. I will make an attempt to open the first subject distinctly, and therefore passed a part of the evening arranging and digesting it.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-03-05

Thursday. 5th.

Morning at the Office and in the Supreme Court. Arguments to unimportant Cases. The weather rainy at first, which afterwards changed to a snow storm. Nothing occurred in the afternoon and I did not pass it very busily, although I reflected upon the subject of Banks. The evening was got through with a very dull manner at home, I being uncommonly heavy and sleepy.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-03-06

Friday. 6th.

Morning at the Office and in the Supreme Court. Heard an argument in the case of the N.E. Ins. Company against D’Wolf, which I heard in the trial at Nisi Prius. It was interesting and I took a Note of it.1 The weather cleared up in the afternoon. I went home earlier than usual and looked over a File of my Letters to my Mother written last year. They were exceedingly interesting and I did not cease until I read them through. This occupied until late in the evening, and I did nothing else.
1. CFA’s notes on the case of the New England Marine Insurance Company v. James De Wolf Jr., are in his Law Miscellanies (M/CFA/17, Adams Papers, Microfilms, Reel No. 311).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-03-07

Saturday. 7th.

I attended in the Supreme Court as much as I could but was exceedingly interrupted divers times during the morning. This I regretted the less on the whole as there was not much of interesting matter going on. Indeed I cannot say I lost any thing. But my time passed rapidly. The afternoon was occupied in arranging my materials { 354 } for what I should say, and the usual duty of writing to my Mother, which was not so interesting as usual because from some reason or other, I cannot find so much subject to write about. In the evening, I attended the meeting of the Debating Society and opened the subject. The attendance was thin and I did not feel inspired, the subject passed much as usual. I was dis-appointed in regard to the animation of the subject and the subject. The other members of the Committee overruling me.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-03-08

Sunday. 8th.

Attended divine service and heard Mr. Gannet deliver a Sermon somewhat in the usual style. I like him less and less. The morning was cloudy, but as he finished early I took the opportunity of going to Medford before dinner. My horse was unusually lively and I arrived there in a sleigh before their dinner time. Found Abby well and Mr. Emerson the young man there to dine. I was obliged to go and hear him in the afternoon and in the evening had a pleasant conversation with Abby. On the whole my last fortnight has been very happy. And this method of passing Sunday is a luxury. In the evening Mr. Brooks talked to me upon the subject of my marriage disclosing the fact that any further delay should not be made by him to my marriage. Or in other words that as soon as he could fix upon a house for us, we might use our own judgment about it. I feel much obliged to him for this kindness, but the particular moment is passed and now I prefer to postpone until September or October. But I am glad to see some hope of the close of this, and though it may be a thing I should not wish, yet who could help it.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-03-09

Monday 9th.

Returned to town rather earlier than usual, as Mr. Brooks came in with me. The morning was pleasant and we had an agreeable ride. On reaching town, I attended Court as usual. The Inaugural Address of General Jackson was much the subject of Conversation. It is a feeble production, remarkable for nothing but it’s jesuitical spirit in the leading topics of difference at present agitating the Community, and the strong contrast it presents to the productions of his predecessor.1 The afternoon was passed in writing, and the evening at Dr. Welsh’s, conversing with Miss Harriet upon matters and things in general.
1. For Andrew Jackson’s first inaugural address, see Richardson, ed., Messages and Papers, 2:436–438.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-03-10

Tuesday 10th.

Morning at the Office and in Court. Heard arguments as usual. Nothing material taking place. In the afternoon, I sent out a Writ, being my first exertion of power. Not as I hope to any bad purpose. I wrote off a case or two from my Notes, but I find it very difficult so perfectly to remember the train of reasoning as to be able to fill them out correctly. I attempted to pursue Adam Smith but could not preserve a continued attention. In the evening, I read some of Pope’s lighter prose works. The evening was beautiful and would have reminded us of Spring, had we not a great body of snow upon the ground.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-03-11

Wednesday 11th.

Morning at the Office and in the Supreme Court. Cases of little interest going on so that attendance is irksome. I nevertheless pursue it as well as I can consistently with the little business I have entrusted to me. My principal surprise and I must add regret, is that the family will write me nothing from Washington. The Inauguration seems to have made them torpid. I am not surprised at the result, though I must confess it is unexpected and unwelcome. Afternoon engaged in writing. I cannot study very well now, but I looked a little into the Law of Trespass, as laid down by Mr. Fuller in the morning.1 Evening, Mr. Pope, Martinus Scriblerus.
1. Henry H. Fuller had appeared for the defendant in the case of Holley v. Huggeford, which CFA had heard in the morning (CFA, Law Miscellanies, M/CFA/ 17, Adams Papers, Microfilms, Reel No. 311).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-03-12

Thursday. 12th.

Morning at the Office and in Court. A heavy rain which promises to have an effect upon the great mass of snow and ice now on the ground. In Court both morning and afternoon paying attention to arguments. I have consequently little to say upon the matters foreign to my occupation. In the evening, read Pope. Genl. Jackson is extending his list of proscription rapidly and the most remarkable circumstance is that I do not get a syllable from the family.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-03-13

Friday 13th.

Morning at the Office and in Court. Little or nothing going on and I feel excessively tired of lounging. No letters from home yet. Nothing remarkable took place of any kind. My time is taken up pretty much. In my attendance at Court I am surprised at the absence of every thing { 356 } like agreeable speaking at our Bar. I am aware of the defect, but whether I could do better is a very doubtful point with me. I hope to attempt it at least. In the evening, I paid attention to Mr. Pope.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-03-14

Saturday. 14th.

Received a long letter from my father this morning, giving his account of the new administration. I was much entertained with it, though its tone from some unaccountable reason or other contributed to depress my spirits considerably. I did not remain in Court this morning and therefore occupied myself in my room as well as I could. Afternoon, wrote a letter to my Mother though she has not sent me a line for a month. Then took a walk which was not very agreeable from the severe cold. The weather continues uncommonly harsh for the season. Evening, Moot Court. No argument, and adjourned for the Season.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-03-15

Sunday. 15th.

Morning cold. Attended divine Service at the Church on Federal Street and heard Mr. Gannet deliver a tolerably good Sermon upon Prejudices. It suited me on the whole much better than any I have heard from him. After dinner I started for Medford. I reached the Turnpike in pretty good condition and had just reached a Snow bank when my Axle gave way, which put a stop to my proceeding. After some trouble I obtained another Chaise and went on. I thought myself lucky in getting off so cheap. I felt grateful to Heaven though some people think a special Providence is the creation of a vain spirit. I do not. I reached Medford rather later than usual, and spent the rest of the day much as usual.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-03-16

Monday 16th.

Morning cloudy. Returned to town rather late in order to give time for my Gig to be repaired. I found it ready at Charlestown. Misfortunes however never come single. As I was passing a truck my wheel came too near and turned me over on the pavement without any ceremony. I was not hurt and went on. But I have cause to thank heaven again that I was quit with the fright. My life might have paid the forfeit of my imprudence, though I really did not see what occasioned the shock. But the roads are very dangerous and I feel little or no desire to see more of them than I can help. I felt my bruises all day however and the thing affected me with low spirits. I did little or nothing in the { 357 } morning and in the afternoon, wrote a letter to my father. Evening at home reading the Disowned.1
1. A novel by Bulwer-Lytton, London, 1829.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-03-17

Tuesday. 17th.

Morning at the Office, occupied in copying my letter to my Father, which took me nearly the whole time. The rest was not passed very usefully. I have another Client. They thus seem to thicken upon me, and I feel on the whole quite thankful for it. Afternoon, reading Adam Smith, but the thread has been so long interrupted that I cannot easily resume. Evening, reading the Disowned, which is very interesting.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-03-18

Wednesday. 18th.

Morning at the Office. Nothing remarkable. Called into the Justices Court to enter my first action this morning. I felt a little puzzled about it but got along, I suppose as others do. Then in the Supreme Court where I listened to an argument until I was called out to see my friend Richardson who paid me a visit. We chatted pleasantly for an hour. Afternoon in Court. A land cause. Evening, at home reading the Disowned. It is very interesting and what is more it has a deep settled influence upon those who are as ambitious as I am, for I find many of its aspirations echoed within in sounds which I recognized as long and deeply cherished.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-03-19

Thursday. 19th.

Morning at the Office and in Court. The land cause was going on and as I took no interest in it and found little profit, I went to my Office to study Blackstone over again. Nothing remarkable took place. George showed me an interesting letter from my father which I read with much interest and attention.1 In the afternoon, finished Smith’s Wealth of Nations, a book from which I have derived instruction and amusement. I propose following up the subject with some of the later writers. Evening at the Office reading the Disowned.
1. JQA’s letter contained further details of his fight with the “thirteen confederates” (JQA to GWA, 13 Mar. 1829, Adams Papers).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-03-20

Friday. 20th.

Morning at the Office. Passed in reading Blackstone with some attention. I find myself more acquainted with it than I had expected. Read over in review my file of my father’s letters and found them more { 358 } interesting now than at first. My thoughts were of a mixed character, but they were not unpleasant. I dare not give utterance to them even here. They breathe a spirit of pride and perhaps of vanity which becomes no one. Received a note from Abby intimating a desire to have me remain in Boston on Sunday.1 It made me a little dull. After dinner I was reviewing Smith’s Chapter on Taxes and in the evening read the Disowned.
1. Missing.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-03-21

Saturday. 21st.

Morning at the Office. Looked over some Chapters of Blackstone and a long Essay of Mr. Butler upon the Feudal System. I think I am pretty well acquainted with that subject. In the afternoon. Wrote to my Mother and read Adam Smith. Spirits rather dull on account of my intended stay in Boston. In the evening. Attended a meeting of the Debating Society. The subject was the expediency of religious Controversy. I became warm, but did not say much. The evening passed quietly and rapidly and the subject was not disposed of.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-03-22

Sunday. 22nd.

Attended divine service all day, at Dr. Channing’s. Heard in the morning Mr. Gannet to whose Sermon I could not pay much attention. In the afternoon, Mr. Frothingham, a very remarkable address, upon toleration. I admire the sentiments of it, though I confess I think them ill adapted to our meridian. We are an intolerant people. The weather was disagreeable and a light snow was falling throughout the day, but as George had not been to the Office yesterday, I went to see how he was. Indolence and inactivity, mental and bodily, are his troubles. I spent an hour with him, and returned to tea. I thought in the evening I would visit Mrs. Frothingham, but was so coldly received that I shall not go there soon again.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-03-23

Monday. 23rd.

Morning at the Office and in Court. The Judges passed the morning in delivering opinions upon Cases, some of which were tolerably interesting and all of them seemed to be reasonable and sound. I was called out to make a small Writ in the way of my business. There is something encouraging in this to one in progress. Afternoon, reading Adam Smith, finished his Chapter on Taxes. My room was hardly tenable owing to the wind and consequent smoke. Evening, finished the Disowned, and a volume of Pope’s Works.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-03-24

Tuesday. 24th.

Morning at the Office and in Court. Heard an argument upon a Case which was not interesting in itself, but which the difference between the Counsel in the cause made amusing. I do not admire Mr. Rand.1 His is a mind of that narrow stamp which admits impressions out of the mere common line with difficulty. Afternoon, finished Smith and commenced Say’s Political Economy which I propose to take in continuation, but my room was not very agreeable in the high winds of this month. Evening, Pope’s Letters to Wycherley and Walsh.
1. Benjamin Rand, Harvard 1808, had his law office at 5 Court Street (Boston Directory, 1829–1830).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-03-25

Wednesday. 25th.

Morning at the Office and in Court. Heard an Argument upon a Case relating to Nahant Hotel. As Abby had written to me yesterday, a request to come out to see her1 and I had been unable to comply, I thought I would make up for it today, and so I went out at one o’clock. The day was cold, but I had a pleasant afternoon. Mrs. Brooks has been quite sick and as usual, little has been said about it. Conversation with Abby and hopes of happiness. It is matter of great gratification to me to find that I have been so well and so cheerful for so long a time, and have had very few dull forebodings such as formerly. I hope strongly though I confess I had a little return this evening. But it was only momentary and my mind made a successful effort to resist it.
1. Letter missing.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-03-26

Thursday 26th.

Returned to town this morning without accident. Found a letter for me at the Office from my Mother giving an account of her present situation but not saying a single syllable about her probable time of departure.1 Then in Court, heard a case argued upon stoppage in transitu. This occupied a larger part of the morning. Afternoon, Say’s Political Economy and in the evening, Pope’s Correspondence with Ladies, which is particularly conceited.
1. LCA described the house at Meridian Hill, to which she and JQA had retired after leaving the White House (LCA to CFA, 19 March 1829, Adams Papers). See also entry for 3 April, and note, below.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-03-27

Friday 27th.

Morning at the Office and in Court. Found a case of but little in• { 360 } terest and did not remain but looked into Blackstone. Afternoon, engaged in Say. His reasoning is clear after reading Smith, though I am disposed to think it incorrect. I was much shocked today by receiving the information of the death of Dr. Gorham, after a short illness. This seems like something entirely foreign from the course of my ideas and only serves to suggest the reflection of the very slight nature of our tenure of this life. But this is a hackneyed subject, and though the idea is one at all times fearful, the expression of it has become commonplace. In the evening, I was more interested than I have been in the Letters of Pope.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-03-28

Saturday. 28th.

Morning at the Office and in Court, but finding nothing very instructive there I occupied myself in writing a letter to my Mother. Little or nothing of consequence took place. A rumor of an engagement between Mr. Webster and a young lady of this place was the prevailing topic of conversation.1 Afternoon reading Say, the day was mild and pleasant. Abby was in town at Mrs. Gorhams and I found her walking to her brother Edward’s. But of course I could see very little of her. I took a walk as usual, and in the evening sat at the Office reading Pope’s Letters. The Moot Court having adjourned for the Season. Returned home early.
1. CFA thought Webster’s reported engagement to a Miss Parker “a shocking misalliance” (CFA to LCA, 4 April 1829, Adams Papers). The rumor was untrue.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-03-29

Sunday 29th.

The day was lovely, being the first of the kind which we have had during this season. As Abby wanted me to drive her out of town this morning, I called for her at eleven and reached Medford to dinner. Mr. and Mrs. Everett were there also and we had a tolerably pleasant day. Mrs. Brooks looks ill, very ill. My surprise is that she should continue to live as she does, but this idea would I presume very much distress the family if I was to express it, so I am silent. Returned to town in the afternoon. Roads not of the finest and I was glad to return safe from an excursion not entirely without danger. Evening, a very long walk, which fatigued me more than I expected and so I did not sleep so well as usual, but my day was on the whole very agreeable.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-03-30

Monday. 30th.

Morning at the Office and in Court. Heard an argument which did not instruct me and so returned to read Blackstone. Attendance upon { 361 } Court is useful, but the tedium of it is at times extremely discouraging. In the afternoon. Read Say for an hour and then went to the funeral of Dr. Gorham. The number of persons who attended was very large and there was something solemn in the idea. We followed the body to Brattle Street Church and heard a Prayer from Dr. Channing with an Address by Dr. Jackson. The place was crowded. I could not help feeling this voluntary tribute to moral worth. It struck me more in its simplicity and in my precise state of feeling than would have done much more expensive, perhaps more brilliant exhibitions and performances. Dr. Jackson did not succeed in touching the feelings. These were affected purely by the circumstances. They did not need, nor obtain any adventitious aid. I did not follow the body to the grave, it being late, and about to rain, having paid already my mite of respect to his memory. Evening at the Office, reading Pope’s Correspondence.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-03-31

Tuesday 31st.

Morning rainy and dull. At the Office and in Court. Heard an argument upon the right of the Mayor and Aldermen to take land for the purpose of making improvements. Mr. Otis gave us a voluntary upon the subject. His manner of speaking is agreeable but not very affecting. He has an easy, graceful manner of saying things which pleases, but not those which convince. I felt today exceedingly affected by my walk of the other evening. My system seemed to be entirely relaxed by it and I was a little disposed to be low spirited, though I received a long and pleasing letter from my father. Afternoon reading Say. Mr. Davis called and chatted with me for some time. I was glad to see him. Evening, Correspondence of Mr. Pope with Aaron Hill. He does not shine very much in that business.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-04-01

Wednesday. April 1st.

Morning at the Office. In Court for a short time but the case did not instruct me, so after a short conversation with George, I returned to read Blackstone. I feel restless, and troubled at knowing Abby is in town and not seeing her, but I do not know how to go and trouble the family. Afternoon, much interested in the Chapters of Say upon the exclusive system, though not convinced. Took a short walk with spirits only moderate. Evening, Pope’s Correspondence with Swift.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-04-02

Thursday. April 2nd.

Morning at the Office, and in Court. The Judges occupied the morn• { 362 } ing in delivering opinions upon the different cases argued, previous to their adjourning. Few cases of much importance were passed and I thought the opinions less distinct than they were the other day. The rain fell heavily, and the day was dark. In the afternoon, read Say so long that I weakened my powers of attention. I am disposed to think that the mind will not bear being forced too long, for I always find my best acquisitions are those which are made in short and severe application. Evening, did not go out, but read part of Mr. Blunt’s Annual Register.1
1. Joseph Blunt published the American Annual Register from 1827 to 1835 (Appletons’ Cyclo. Amer. Biog., 1:297).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-04-03

Friday. 3rd.

Morning at the Office. Received a letter from my mother, in good spirits. But I regret to hear by it that my father talks of purchasing Meridian Hill.1 To be sure, this is no affair of mine, but I was in hopes that nothing would occur to fix him permanently at Washington. The arrangement is not yet complete so that I have still hopes. Read part of Blackstone (over) for the fifth or sixth time. Afternoon, Say. Called to see Abby at Mrs. Gorham’s. Found her well, but felt anxious for her. I do wish most excessively that she was at home. This business is longer and more fatiguing than she ought to be subjected to. Felt dull and out of spirits. Evening, Pope’s Correspondence with Swift and Bolingbroke. Interesting on many accounts as exhibiting human nature though not exactly as they intended. Mr. Tarbell returned from Groton, having buried his father.
1. JQA had leased the home of Commodore Porter on Meridian Hill, just north of Washington (Bryan, Hist. of the National Capital, 2:216).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-04-04

Saturday 4th.

Morning at the Office. Read Blackstone and felt better than I did yesterday. At twelve I went to meet Abby at Mrs. Frothingham’s and passed an hour with her very happily. She does not seem very well but I was delighted to see her at any rate and she promised to go home on Monday. It was announced to me at home to day that Miss Tufts1 had the Scarlet Fever and that if I remained I might run the hazard of catching it, which was unwelcome news. In the afternoon wrote to my Mother and did little else. Evening, attended the last meeting of the Debating Society and it was an amusing though not a very dignified one. I feel on the whole satisfied with the success I have had here. It { 363 } is well for a Commencement, and this evening, I was flattered by the decided attention that was paid to me.
1. Susan Tufts, a daughter of Cotton Tufts, of Weymouth (JQA, Diary, 18 July 1829). See Adams Genealogy.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-04-05

Sunday 5th.

Morning pleasant. As Abby was decided to remain in town today, I thought I could not do better than go with George to Quincy. After keeping me waiting one hour, we started and reached there in time for dinner. Found the family quiet and apparently not yet started to move at all. They were evidently in distress about it. Which is foolish, and provokes me. I believe I am not selfish but I do feel as if I do not want to be imposed upon. After dinner, I attended divine service in the New Church and heard Mr. Whitney mumble through as usual. He is a tame man. Returned home after tea and took up my quarters at the Marlborough Hotel.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-04-06

Monday 6th.

My room was not remarkably good but I rested pretty well and went to the Office early. Found there a very agreeable letter from my father with a remittance to the usual amount.1 He seems to be in high spirits and writes with great animation. This put me in good spirits all day. I cannot say that I did much however excepting to look over the eighth Oration of Cicero against Antony which my father asked me to read. In the afternoon I wrote an answer to him which was long and upon many subjects. Evening, to see Miss Harriet Welsh where I remained until ten.
1. JQA sent a check for $250 (JQA to CFA, 30 Mar. 1829, Adams Papers).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-04-07

Tuesday 7th.

Morning at the Office. But not occupied as I ought to be. Went into the Common Pleas for an hour to hear the Docket called over but found nothing new. Tried to read Blackstone with attention but could not succeed. I wanted to go to Medford, being uncomfortable at the Marlborough. Mr. Brooks asked me to go with him and I went. Passed the afternoon and evening talking with Abby. My marriage seems now to be in serious agitation, and at the same time some solemn reflection occurs to me. I am anxious to do right. Perhaps I am doing wrong. Circumstances will soon decide. I felt a little depressed this evening as latterly I am again becoming frightened.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-04-08

Wednesday 8th.

Returned to town with Mr. Brooks. The morning was very fine and the ride pleasant. Found at the Office, a letter for me from my Mother the general tenor of which seemed to be delay. I regret this somewhat though I do not know whether my feeling is not selfish. That the leaving a place which has for so long been their home should affect them is natural enough. Remained at the Office, though my time was not passed as usefully as it should have been. Afternoon, read the lives of Christopher Wren and Edward Coke in the Numbers of the Library of Useful Knowledge.1 Evening, a walk and Pope’s Correspondence. Life at a Hotel is a dreary business. There is so much liveliness in a crowd, that I would prefer the constraint of a private family to the only advantage it possesses, independence.
1. See entry for 2 May 1828, and note, above.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-04-09

Thursday. 9th.

The day commenced with clouds and a cold easterly wind which soon brought up a violent storm of rain. As this was the day set apart according to custom in these parts for a Fast, I decided upon going to Medford. Found the family increased for the day by the addition of Mrs. Everett and Miss Phillips.1 I cannot say that I made any particular attention to the direction of our worthy Governor.2 Nothing particular occurred out of the usual line.
1. Presumably Lydia Phillips, the youngest daughter of John Phillips and Lydia (Gorham) Phillips, who was a first cousin of Mrs. Everett and of Abigail B. Brooks (Bond, Genealogies of the Families and Descendants of the Early Settlers of Watertown, 2:886).
2. Governor Levi Lincoln had called for a day of public fasting, humiliation, and prayer.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-04-10

Friday. 10th.

Morning cloudy and cold. Returned to town in time to avoid the rain which set in for the whole of the rest of the day. At the Office. Spirits not good as I am again becoming hypochondriac. Read Blackstone in the morning, Say in the afternoon and Pope’s Correspondence in the evening. My lodgings at the Marlborough though comfortable enough are not to my taste. I am exceedingly in want of society, for my thoughts instead of being diverted to outward objects, turn upon self where there is much which is not agreeable to think of.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-04-11

Saturday. 11th.

Morning at the Office. Read Blackstone and passed the morning { 365 } very quietly. In the afternoon, wrote a letter to my Mother with very little in it. The Truth is my wit is very barren and I am looking forward to a cessation of the Correspondence. My feelings are somewhat altered about writing, it being more of an exertion than it used to be. Evening, the Correspondence of Mr. Pope. We have had nothing but rain these three days.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-04-12

Sunday 12th.

Morning clear and pleasant. I took advantage of it to cut my connexion with the Marlborough Hotel and go to Medford. Arrived there early and in consequence attended divine service, morning and afternoon. Heard Mr. Stetson deliver two Sermons upon the subject of truth and the method of developing it which were good. The day was quietly but not very pleasantly spent, more from no particular pleasure in it than from any thing disagreeable. Chardon Brooks came out with Mr. Blodget who took tea here. Weather showery.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-04-13

Monday. 13th.

Day rather cold for this month but I had a pleasant ride into town from Medford. The roads are becoming better. Morning at the Office. Richardson called and paid me a visit of some length.
George received a letter from Washington asking him to go on and accompany them home.1 He is in such a state of mind, I think it is as well that he should do that as any thing. I cannot help pitying the miserable weakness of his character while I regret it. He has of late rather avoided my society as I neither participate in his griefs which are the result of culpable indolence, nor can sanction the results which it brings him to. This invitation I presume to be the result of a statement in one of my own letters to my Mother some days ago.2 He is undecided as usual.
Read Blackstone. Returned to my boarding house with much gratification. Found the family still out of order but my room was to me a consideration of much pleasure. Afternoon, Say, not interesting nor deep. Evening, Commenced reading over the Spectator with which I was pleased.
1. LCA wrote: “I . . . write . . . my Dear George to beg . . . that you will . . . come on here to escort your father and myself on our way home. You know that we are neither of us famous travellers and your assistance for me will be absolutely necessary” (LCA to GWA, 8 April 1829, Adams Papers).
2. For some time CFA had been telling his mother of GWA’s indolence and aimlessness. On 4 April he suggested that his parents’ early return to Quincy { 366 } would “be of great service to George .... He wants bracing and enlivening. His entire seclusion from society . . . and his want of occupation produce a listlessness peculiarly oppressive. He complains of dejection, low spirits, and inability to occupy himself, and this acts upon reflections of a melancholy kind in regard to Father and himself” (CFA to LCA, 4 April 1829, Adams Papers).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-04-14

Tuesday 14th.

This morning is the first which reminds us of the advance of Spring. I went to the Office early and passed part of my time in the Common Pleas, part at George’s Office talking with him and my Uncle, and part in study of Law. Afternoon, Say and a visit from George, who appears to revive under the new prospect of a journey to Washington. Evening, reading Johnson’s Life of Pope. The day passed pleasantly on the whole, and my spirits were tolerable.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-04-15

Wednesday. 15th.

Another beautiful day. Morning at the Office. I propose to divide my time now as the mornings have become so long and attempt to read three Branches of the Law at once but these are connected so as to produce no confusion. Afternoon, Say’s Political Economy which strikes me not so favourably as it did formerly, probably on account of the difference of age and judgment. In the evening, the Spectator. I was troubled a little today with head ache for the first time for many months.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-04-16

Thursday 16th.

Morning at the Office. My head still troubled me a little and continued to do so throughout the day. Read Blackstone and Law as usual. I find this a perplexing business. Afternoon, finished Say and read Cicero’s Eighth Oration against Antony principally on account of my father’s recommendation. The object which he had in view was to explain his manner of writing, but my suggestions are not weakened by their effect. Evening, The Spectator. The day was passed on the whole very studiously.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-04-17

Friday 17th.

Morning at the Office, reading Blackstone. The weather begins to give signs of relenting. At twelve, I went with George to Quincy to see about my trees, and was engaged during the whole afternoon in transplanting some of the trees which I put down last year. They succeeded uncommonly well during the last year, but the accidents and { 367 } neglect to which they were subjected checked them somewhat. My Uncle this day vacated the house, an event I have long looked for but which when it came surprised me. The mansion looks melancholy and old and ill used and gave me many ideas which I would have preferred not to have had, but so it must be. Returned to town early.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-04-18

Saturday. 18th.

Morning at the Office. Day clear but cool with an East wind. Wrote a letter to my Mother which I propose to be the last which I shall send. Their silence and perfect indifference to arrangements at Washington puzzles me extremely. Went to see Abby but felt exceedingly low spirited, as my doubts about myself again arise. I am coming to the point so that my mind ought to be braced up to it. Afternoon. Commenced reading Clarendon1 and was much struck with the style of the Preface. Rode to Medford with Abby this evening. But I felt very singularly all the evening.
1. CFA’s set of The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England, by Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon, 8 vols., Oxford, 1826, is in the Stone Library, along with two other copies owned by JQA. JA’s copy is in the Boston Public Library (Catalogue of JA’s Library, p. 126).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-04-19

Sunday. 19th.

Morning cloudy and dark. I remained at the House reading the North American Review. Nothing remarkable. Mrs. Everett and Miss Phillips came from Winter Hill to dine and Henry Brooks got home to day. Gorham, his brother, took leave. He marries Ellen Shepherd tomorrow and departs for Europe. I am not sorry that he goes. His manner to me has always been cold even to incivility, and though I feel too independent of him to trouble myself about it, yet whenever I have met him, it has created an awkwardness on my part which was not comfortable. How terrible it is to dance attendance upon the whims of other people. If my own spirits and confidence in myself were only firm, I could resist it more proudly. But on this point my spirits are rather low, particularly at this time.
Afternoon. Took a walk to the Lock and Aqueduct over Symmes River or Creek. It was pleasant enough and I saw the piece of Stone work which is certainly large and solid. It does credit to the perseverance of the Company. Passed the remainder of the day with Abby but somehow or other it was not one of our congenial days. She was not affectionate and so this in the result made me cold and dispirited. I wanted affection much and I found it not.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-04-20

Monday. 20th.

Returned to town this morning, the weather being like Spring but damp. Found at the Office little or nothing but a short letter from my Mother intimating that Johnson Hellen had at last come out with his intention much to the discomfort of all the family.1 I gathered this also from an Advertisement of John’s in the Newspaper. It is a sad blow, but we must not expect all things to go exactly as we would have them in this world, and in our family particularly. When I look at them and our prospects, it makes me very dull. The consciousness which now rests with me that I am the only hope of the number, makes me feel more deeply the obstacles which may block up my path. Dull all day. Spent the evening at Dr. Welsh’s in conversation with Miss Harriet.
1. LCA’s letter is missing. Johnson Hellen had announced his intention of marrying Jane Winnull, LCA’s servant. On 20 April the Washington Daily National Intelligencer carried this marriage notice: “On Saturday evening last [18 April], by the Rev. Mr. Matthews, Johnson Hellen, Esq. to Miss Jane E. Winnull, both of this City.” See note on entry for 24 April 1827, above; entry for 25 April, below; and Adams Genealogy.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-04-21

Tuesday 21st.

Morning at the Office. Received another letter from my Mother somewhat longer but as I think rather more depressed. She seems much affected by this affair. Read law and had conversation with George who entertained very erroneous impressions upon that subject which might one day lead him I fear to a similar miserable resolution if thrown in the way of it.1 Afternoon, Clarendon. Another of our family at Avon Place taken down with the Scarlet Fever and carried out of town. I felt as if I was to be the next, and my spirits were dull. Evening, the Spectator.
1. CFA’s concern for his brother was all too justified. See entry for 13 May, below.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-04-22

Wednesday. 22nd.

Morning at the Office. Felt dull and unwell, but finished a Volume of Blackstone and spent an hour in the Common Pleas, besides seeing Richardson and chatting with him. Afternoon, engaged reading Clarendon, whose history is very interesting and instructive. The evenings have become inconveniently short so that I had barely time to read half a dozen Numbers of the Spectator.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-04-23

Thursday. 23rd.

Morning at the Office and in Court. Received a pleasant letter from my father upon general subjects which I reflected upon much during { 369 } the morning. His style to me is flattering to my vanity and he no doubt so intends it. Read a little law and rode to Medford to dine. The weather was very warm. Mrs. Brooks was unwell again. Conversation with Abby. Better pleased with her than last time, though she is still cold.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-04-24

Friday. 24th.

Returned to town this morning. Conversation with George. At the Office reading Blackstone which did not give me much information. The weather dark and gloomy. Afternoon, finished the first Volume of Clarendon’s History, comparing it with Hume. The foundation of Hume seems to be good but he frequently throws false lights upon the building. It rained so that I omitted my usual reading in the evening. Miss Susan Tufts very ill.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-04-25

Saturday 25th.

Morning at the Office, engaged in writing an answer to my father and in doing it I could not help writing also a short Note to my Mother.1 On opening my Intelligencer I was struck with the notice under the marriage head. Johnson Hellen to Jane E. Winnull. The die is cast, and my mother has only an additional trial. I regret it most on her account, for though Johnson was once a friend of mine, I have seen too long the victorious progress of his evil qualities not to have been warned of the result. May a similar misfortune never come nearer home in the family. I have no design to forebode. Amused myself for the hour which remained after copying and sending my letter, in reading the Life of Dryden together with his tragedy of All for Love.2 It is not so good as I expected, the beautiful passages hardly redeeming the general character of the piece, and yet it is called his best. Evening, engaged in reading some numbers of the Spectator. This was Abby’s Birth day and she is twenty one.
1. Missing.
2. CFA’s copy of the Poetical Works of John Dryden, 4 vols., London, 1811, is in the Stone Library, as is JQA’s set of the Dramatick Works, 6 vols., London, 1735.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-04-26

Sunday 26th.

Morning clear but cold. Rode to Medford to dine. Found Mr. Walker, the Minister of Charlestown, Mrs. Everett and Miss Phillips, besides the usual family. Mrs. Brooks still too unwell to come down. Mrs. E. is not by any means improved by her last visit to Washington. The evening was passed delightfully.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-04-27

Monday. 27th.

Returned to town with Abby in company. Weather cold but not unpleasant. At the Office. Found George had received a letter and was about to start for Washington.1 I think this a good plan. Morning read Blackstone. After dinner, some of Sir Joshua Reynolds with an Account of his Life.2 George came in and had some Conversation with me. He seemed very much disarranged. As usual delay has done him no service. He might as well have gone at first. Evening, reading, the Spectator.
1. JQA wrote: “I wish you to come on [to Washington] immediately upon receiving this letter; to return with us” (JQA to GWA, 20 April 1829, Adams Papers).
2. CFA’s copy of the Complete Works of Sir Joshua Reynolds, 3 vols., London, 1824, is in the Stone Library, along with another edition, London, 1798, owned by JQA.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-04-28

Tuesday 28th.

Morning at the Office. Weather cold and chilly. Reading Blackstone, in the Court of Common Pleas and engaged in making a Writ. My professional business continues still. Conversation with George who goes positively tomorrow. I rode to Quincy after dinner in a sharp piercing East Wind. Gave some directions about the Garden and went up to see my Uncle. The family are very comfortably and prettily settled in their new residence and on the whole I think it more comfortable than the old one.1 Much conversation but there is something sticking at bottom which made them dull, which I could not at all understand. How great a similarity all sense of wrong creates in conduct in all men. George and my Uncle are both quivering under the fear of the merited reproaches which my father can though he will not give them. Returned rather later than I had expected so that it was nine o’clock when I reached my Office. Read the Spectator until ten.
1. TBA and his family had moved to “the old Ruggles farm and house,” which still stands though greatly altered at Elm and South streets in Quincy and which was occupied by TBA’s two unmarried children until the present century (HA2’s Notes in Adams Papers Editorial Files).

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-04-29

Wednesday 29th.

Morning at the Office. George went positively this morning and left his affairs with me. I commenced making some arrangements to repair that Office in order to go into it.1 Did not pass the time very usefully. In Court a short time. Afternoon. Continued Clarendon and in the evening the Spectator. The East Winds have set in as usual and are exceedingly disagreeable.
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1. CFA planned to abandon his office at 10 Court Street and to move into a little room adjoining GWA’s office at 23 Court Street, which, however, had to be painted and repaired (CFA to JQA, 6 April 1829). CFA hoped the new arrangement would save money.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-04-30

Thursday 30th.

Morning at the Office. Read law as usual. Nothing remarkable occurred and I was again somewhat dissatisfied with my way of passing it. My mind has become a little distracted and not quite so able to study as it was in the autumn. At one o’clock I went to Medford. The weather very cold and chilly. Found the family as usual. Nothing to notice. Mrs. Brooks much better and downstairs. Evening pleasantly passed.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-05-01

Friday. May 1st.

The morning was not by any means such as to merit the character which poets give of the month. Returned to town with Abby who came in to look at a house which is offered to her. This looks really like marriage. I intended going to see it myself but was too late. Read a little law but did not feel perfectly well. After dinner, read Clarendon. Mr. Fletcher had some conversation with me in which he asked me to contribute to the American Jurist, a law publication here, a compliment which flattered me though I felt that I did not deserve it. Evening read the Spectator. My spirits have become very good again.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-05-02

Saturday May 2nd.

I sit down to record the Journal of this day with an aching heart and a depressed mind. The gloom which surrounds me in all my reflections, it is impossible to shake off. Went to the Office as usual and into Court. Upon my return from which as there was nothing of interest going on, I found Mr. Brooks who was here to tell me of an accident which had happened, the News of which had just arrived by the public papers. I was totally unprepared for such a shock, and it seemed to turn the current of my blood. I felt no other emotion excepting the chill under the skin which seems to be like it’s stagnation. My poor brother George had either accidentally or in a fit of derangement, signs of which he had previously manifested, gone over from the Deck of the Franklin on her way to New York. I could not realize it at all. I went to see Harriet Welsh and Mr. Brooks for advice. It was recommended to me to remain here, and the first talked to me in a manner which I shall long remember. This feeling is the lot of us all, but when a blow like { 372 } this comes unexpectedly, it strikes with double vehemence. I wrote a few lines to my father,1 and I bent my soul in humble and fervent prayer that God would soften the stroke upon my poor afflicted parents. They have many trials but this surpasseth them all. I remained in my room all the afternoon, attempting to divert my attention by looking over my Mother’s papers, but a sense of dullness weighed heavily upon me.
1. Missing.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-05-03

Sunday 3rd.

I have heard nothing of this excepting through the public papers but the account is so circumstantial I dare not disbelieve it.1 My thoughts rest upon the horrible circumstances, and the singular indifference with which he was observed in his extravagance. Poor fellow, he complained to Dr. Welsh before he went, but I never suspected alienation of mind or he should never have gone. I went to his room and examined his papers. They display nothing but pain, mental agitation about his future prospects which he had much indulged in, but no despair. I destroyed some things which I thought his imprudence had left, and in looking over his own memorials of his mind, I could not help feeling a mixture of emotions which only hereafter shall I be able to describe.
1. The Boston Daily Advertiser reported on 4 May the “melancholy event” of GWA’s death. Arriving in Providence on Wednesday, 29 April, he had boarded the Benjamin Franklin for New York. He was rational and cheerful during the afternoon, but by evening he began to complain of severe headache. As the evening progressed he “exhibited some decided symptoms of mental alienation,” hearing imaginary voices and suspecting his fellow passengers of conspiring against him. About three o’clock in the morning of 30 April he asked the captain to stop the ship and let him ashore. Shortly thereafter he disappeared, and his hat was found near the stern. “The supposition is that he fell overboard and was drowned.”

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-05-04

Monday 4th.

My morning was principally occupied in looking over the papers which my brother left at his Office. Knowing his continual preservation of all papers, I feared that some might remain which would grieve the family. I found three or four which I destroyed. George had an extremely amiable disposition, but he was the creature of impulse and frequently gave way to the seductions which an ill regulated imagination excited. My father almost lived in him and the loss will to him indeed be dreadful. My anxiety to hear from there is great. My own reflections are gloomy and I pray God for assistance and aid. But as I find that my thoughts turn more and more upon it, I see the necessity { 373 } of occupation and therefore read Clarendon but without much profit as my mind wandered from it. In the evening, I went to see Mr. and Mrs. Frothingham and their conversation helped to pass away the evening. Abby wrote me a very kind note1 on Saturday in which she promised to be in town if I asked to see her. My letter2 did not reach her for this morning and the rain prevented her coming.
1. Missing.
2. Missing.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-05-05

Tuesday. 5th.

Morning at the Office. The men came this morning to make the repairs to my room. I presume since this accident that the other1 will devolve upon me, but as the repairs have been commenced, I believe, I shall pursue them. I went down to see Abby who was in town but did not feel very much inclined to converse, and I was sorry to perceive that she was more troubled than I wished. It always grieves me to see her vary from her high tone of spirits and when I am the cause of it in any manner, it pains me the more. I was busy during the rest of the morning. Attempted to read Clarendon in the Afternoon, but without much success. Received a letter from my father on miscellaneous subjects. The tone will be quickly altered when this dreadful information arrives. Evening, a walk, and a few Numbers of the Spectator.
1. GWA’s office. See entry for 29 April, and note, above.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-05-06

Wednesday. 6th.

I have felt utterly unable to apply myself to any study of Law this week and on that account, it is perhaps lucky that I have had some occupation for my thoughts in the alterations I have ordered in the Office I am about to occupy, and the arrangements which it is necessary for me to make thereupon. My books were all moved upon shelves again after having been lying about for a long time. I do not now look forward so anxiously to the future. Afternoon, tried some of Clarendon. The weather was very warm and pleasant. But I felt rather languid, and in very middling spirits. No letters this evening which keeps me still in suspense. My anxiety to receive some information from home is very great, though at the same time I dread it. Evening, some Numbers of the Spectator.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-05-07

Thursday 7th.

Morning at the Office. Nothing very remarkable occurred. I was engaged much of the time in making my arrangements for my other { 374 } room. I also went down to see Abby who was in town and wanted me to go out. But I did not feel as if I could while I was liable to receive letters in my absence. My spirits were better but still a great pressure constantly exists. Afternoon reading Clarendon. The weather very pleasant. I did receive two letters this evening. One from my father and one from John.1 They are a little encouraging as to the effect upon my Mother. She bears it better as yet than I had hoped. But the first shock is not all. John’s letter is kind and reminds me of the additional obligations which fall upon us, a circumstance of which I have already thought not a little. My will is good, and I trust to Heaven for it’s watchful guidance and protection, to allow me to perform all which it is my duty to do. And I now feel a strong desire to live which I never had before, and which also adds more terror to my despairing moments. But these shall not in future be so numerous.
1. “We are in great distress,” JQA reported; “but I write to inform you that the first shock of this heavy dispensation of Providence is past, and that your mother and myself, relying on him who chastiseth in Mercy, still look for consolation in the affectionate kindness of our remaining Sons” (JQA to CFA, 3 May 1829, Adams Papers). The letter from JA2 is missing.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-05-08

Friday 8th.

Morning at the Office. I attempted to read a little Law but could not succeed very well. The Painter came to do his part to my new room, which in this way goes on progressing. Finding I could not do much with Chitty on Contracts, I sat down and wrote a letter to my brother John.1 Perhaps the Contents were not very prudent, but I did it with the best intentions. I do most earnestly hope they will soon come, at least some portion of the family, but I confess I see but little prospect of it. I went to Medford today with Mr. Brooks to divert the time. Found them alone and Mrs. B. a little dull about herself. There is another prospect which I do not much like to examine.2 But I never saw her when I felt so strongly for her. Evening with Abby.
1. Missing.
2. Mrs. Brooks’ illness was to lead to her death in 1830.

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Author: CFA
Date: 1829-05-09

Saturday 9th.

Morning, returned to town with Mr. Brooks who was very kind and pleasant. On my return, I received a letter from my Aunt Smith1 in a strain dismal enough, but still giving me some assurances of the condition of my Mother. I feel incredibly easier since I have heard this. My father suffers as I thought he would, the tree has felt the lightning, the branches only have materially suffered, I hope. The trunk { 375 } however feels the blow. Dr. Welsh called to see me with a message from Harriet. They are in misfortune as Thomas and John are ruined.2 This news came yesterday and astonished me much. I am very sorry for them both. Morning passed in reading Law though my mind is still unable to fix itself. Afternoon, I went to see Harriet, and to obtain some of my brother’s papers which I wish to arrange a little. She asked me to draw a Deed which I did to convey the Furniture of the House to her. But it was not executed though she gave me the trouble of going all the way up there in the evening about it. I remained in my brother’s room looking over his things and talking of them all evening, and did not return home until after ten.
1. Missing.
2. Thomas Welsh Jr., Harvard 1798, a lawyer, and John Adams Welsh, a merchant, had suffered a severe financial reverse. See entry for 6 July, below.