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Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0005-0007-0030

Author: CFA
Date: 1829-07-30

Thursday. 30th.

Returned to town bringing Abby with me as far as Charlestown. The weather which looked threatening in the morning became more so until we were deluged with torrents of rain. I employed the morning in drawing up my accounts for the month and also in making some disposition of a few loose things which trouble me. I am continually finding such. I got rid of a dunning Note to Mr. Alden Bradford,1 and dispatched a letter to John, enclosing a Note of one Williams who has gone to Baltimore and may be caught there. In { 411 } the afternoon, I went to Hancock Street to see Miss Oliver who sent for me without any definite reason but to beg more repairs, rather unreasonably as I thought, so I left her immediately. Then to Dr. Welsh’s where I was engaged all the rest of the afternoon in making a disposition of George’s books. Then to Quincy. It rained again during the evening. My father seemed dull and out of spirits. He complained of headach, and seemed more discouraged than I have yet seen him.
1. Alden Bradford (1765–1843), Harvard 1786, an historical writer and editor and from 1812 to 1824 Secretary of the Commonwealth, lived at this time on Summer Street (DAB; Boston Directory, 1829–1830). For the consequences of CFA’s letter, see entry for 5 Aug., below.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0005-0007-0031

Author: CFA
Date: 1829-07-31

Friday. 31st.

Morning to town in a shower of rain, the weather being exceedingly changeable. It cleared up warm for the rest of the day. Morning passed at the Office in finishing my Account for the month for my father, and in destroying the papers accumulated by my brother. He had always the inclination to preserve and this has placed upon me much trouble for I feel unwilling to commit them without ceremony to the flames. Much of my time is in this way consumed. Afternoon at Dr. Welsh’s where I completed the division between the books I retain and those I intend to try to sell. But I was so fully occupied that I went to Quincy late. Found there, Mr. J. H. Foster Jr., his wife and sister1 who went directly however. Miss Elizabeth and her brother Thomas Adams with Mr. Marston and his son Ward were all at the House in the evening. My father appeared much overcome by the heat. Conversation with him, the advantages and disadvantages of land. He holds to the first, and there we disagree. This led us to a comparison of life in City and Country where we agreed as little. But how natural this is. He is now beyond ambition. I am just arriving at it. Life is therefore seen by us in different phases. It grew cooler in the night.
1. Foster’s sister was named Louisa (JQA, Diary, 31 July 1829).

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0005-0008-0001

Author: CFA
Date: 1829-08-01

Saturday. August. 1st.

The weather had changed so much as to affect me sensibly with cold in riding to town this morning. At the Office engaged much. Mr. Clough1 called upon me to tell me that I must apply to Mr. Rayner, the President of the Republican Institution, to call the government together to decide upon my request. I accordingly wrote to Mr. Rayner.2 Then I was engaged in making a Writ, Floyd against Lumee. { 412 } Mr. Brooks called upon me to ask for the Keys of the House. I had them not and was consequently obliged to go and look after them, which carried me first to the House and then to Dr. Welsh’s. Found that my Carpenter had been at work at my room, and had put up my cases. The shelves however hardly tall enough. When I returned to the Office I found only time enough to look over very few of my brother’s papers, before I was obliged to go with my father to Medford. Found there, Mr. and Mrs. Everett and Col. Barnard with the usual family. The dinner was pleasant, indeed unusually so. My father left early but not to escape heavy rain which fell for two hours. Conversation with Abby as to the time of our marriage. She has qualms now and then. Subsequent conversation with Mr. Brooks who professes to be indifferent.
1. Ebenezer Clough, of 254 Hanover Street (Boston Directory, 1829–1830).
2. CFA applied to John Rayner for advice as to how GWA’s “right in the Republican Institution of this City” could best be sold (CFA to John Rayner, 1 Aug. 1829, LbC, Adams Papers).
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, 2018.