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Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0002-0014-0014

Author: CFA
Date: 1826-12-14

14. VIII.1

Morning at home, Executive record, walk, ride, Spenser, evening with the family, Cards.
1. From D/CFA/1.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0002-0014-0015

Author: CFA
Date: 1826-12-15

Friday. 15th.1

A large dinner at home of Members of Congress. Principally men of our side. Col. Mercer of Virginia, a wavering and weak man, sat next to me.2 He had very little to say. The dinner was on the whole neither agreeable nor dull.
1. From D/CFA/5. CFA spent the day working on the Executive Record, reading Spenser, walking, and taking a ride with his mother (D/CFA/1).
2. The Adams side was the National Republican; Congressman Mercer became a Democrat. The words "and weak" in this sentence were underlined and enclosed in parentheses at a later (perhaps not much later) reading by CFA, who at the same time wrote in the margin: “No.”

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0002-0014-0016

Author: CFA
Date: 1826-12-16

Saturday 16th.1

John King dined with us. He is just from England, and has brought out with him a Convention settling the amount of Indemnity for Slaves carried away at the close of the War. It has produced much gratification to the President, who has been in better spirits during the last week than I have ever known him. A sign that things go very fair.2
1. In the morning CFA sorted newspapers, worked on the Executive Record, and rode with his brother John (D/ CFA/1).
2. John Alsop King (1788–1867) of New York, secretary of the American legation at London, was the oldest son of Rufus King, then minister to England, and the brother of Charles King. The new convention negotiated by Albert Gallatin required Great Britain to pay $1,204,960 for carrying off American slaves at the end of the War of 1812 (DAB; Bemis, Diplomatic Hist. U.S., p. 175).

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0002-0014-0017

Author: CFA
Date: 1826-12-17

17. VIII:15.1

Morning at home, Spenser, Executive Record, ride with ladies, evening with the family.
1. From D/CFA/1.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0002-0014-0018

Author: CFA
Date: 1826-12-18

18. IX.

Morning at home, Voltaire, Spenser, Executive Record, walk, evening with the family, Cards.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0002-0014-0019

Author: CFA
Date: 1826-12-19

Tuesday. December 19th.1

John and I went out to dine at Mr. Pleasonton’s according to invita• { 94 } tion. A small dinner. The foreign Ministers, Mr. Clay, and a few members of both houses. It was pretty well. But I cannot bear to dine away from home. I have very little comfort in it and as to gratification derived from conversation, I find but little. After dinner we escorted Miss Matilda to Gen. Brown’s. She is a young lady entirely unique in her style. But more fit to be ranked among the prudes than any other class. But her style is almost disgusting from it’s sensual nature. Although very averse to committing herself directly, she looks at you in that way which a man easily understands. It is very happy for her that she is educated in so christian a community. Gen. Brown’s was hot, crowded and dull as usual, so I was very glad to get home.
1. From D/CFA/5. CFA read Spenser and Voltaire and worked on the Executive Record earlier this day (D/CFA/1).
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.