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Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0001-0017

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).

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0001-0018

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.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0001-0019

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.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0001-0020

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).
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2014.
http://www.masshist.org/apde2/