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Browsing: Diary of Charles Francis Adams, Volume 2


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).

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0004-0009-0025

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.
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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