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Browsing: Diary of Charles Francis Adams, Volume 2


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.
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.
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