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Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0005-0005-0029

Author: CFA
Date: 1829-05-29

Friday 29th.

Returned to town with Mr. Brooks in a shower of rain, the wind was very chilly and I was in a very light dress, so that I was extremely apprehensive, I had caught cold. Morning at my new Office. After having removed all the remainder of my things from my other Office. { 383 } I sat down and read Starkie with a great feeling of comfort. I take more pleasure even than I expected in the change. Afternoon Clarendon. Account of the death of the King, together with Hume’s Apology for his Character. Still no letters. The day was cloudy with rain, so that in the evening, I remained at home, conversing with Mr. Fuller who was a visiter and a certain Mr. Williams.1
1. James Williams Jr. See entries for 24 and 30 July, below, and CFA to JA2, 30 July 1829, LbC, Adams Papers.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0005-0005-0030

Author: CFA
Date: 1829-05-30

Saturday. 30th.

Morning at the Office, engaged in writing and also reading a little of Starkie on the law of Evidence. The weather cold and unpleasant. In the afternoon, reading Clarendon in which I am not so much interested in this portion, but on the whole it is a noble history. There is a high strain of eloquence, and of just feeling moving through it that makes one regret that he was not able to direct more fully the distracted councils of the king. In the evening I remained at home through idleness.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0005-0005-0031

Author: CFA
Date: 1829-05-31

Sunday 31st.

Morning cloudy but not unpleasant. I rode to Medford and found the family much as usual excepting that it was large. Chardon, Mrs. Everett, Miss Phillips, John Gorham,1 and in the afternoon, Sidney and his wife, who have just arrived from New York. The afternoon turned off cold. I am never so fond of Medford when so many of the family are there, as I am thereby compelled to see less of Abby. But I had a very pleasant evening and on the whole felt well satisfied.
1. John Gorham was a brother of Abigail Brooks’ friend Julia Gorham (CFA, Diary, 24 Oct. 1829).

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0005-0006-0001

Author: CFA
Date: 1829-06-01

Monday June 1st.

Morning cloudy and very cold. I rode into town from Medford early and found the want of some clothing considerable. My Summer dress annoyed me almost as much as the winter dress the other day. At the Office, engaged all the morning. Abby Adams sent in a letter to me which she had received from my Mother.1 This letter stated that they should leave Washington on this day, and requested her to make some necessary preparations. I accordingly thought proper to ride to Quincy after dinner and see her about it. I also went to the House to see what portion of furniture might be immediately put in use. The { 384 } sight of the old house and its condition made me sick. I felt disgust at it’s extremely dismal appearance. And my father’s singular character makes it almost hopeless to look for better things. The Nursery looks miserably and every thing bears powerful marks of utter want of attention. After taking tea at my Uncle’s, and on the whole getting through much better than I expected, I returned to town quite late. I can imagine nothing more miserably planned than this design of my father’s, and I really feel thankful that circumstances have rendered me so independent of it.
1. Both letters missing.
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/