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1833

[January 1833]

1 January 1833 CFA Another year. To moralize upon time is stale and old fashioned enough. Yet it has its ... 2 January 1833 CFA This was what is commonly called Election day. That is, the day upon which the newly elected ... 3 January 1833 CFA Cloudy but very mild. Went to the Office and was engaged there very constantly all the ... 4 January 1833 CFA Astonishing weather. No frosts and the air like April. I went to the Office. My time is very ... 5 January 1833 CFA Delicious day. I never knew in this climate, so extraordinary a week as the last, in this ... 6 January 1833 CFA Another fine morning. I was grieved to find this morning my child’s eye affected by a ... 7 January 1833 CFA Fine morning though the Weather was colder than it had been. The child does not appear to be ... 8 January 1833 CFA The weather today was clear but much more in accordance with the usual character of the ... 9 January 1833 CFA It snowed at day break but was afterwards a clear and mild day. The Child seems to be ... 10 January 1833 CFA My head was relieved this morning, but I felt my cold oppress me still very much throughout ... 11 January 1833 CFA A severely cold morning. I went to the Office. The Child appears to be better, but my cold ... 12 January 1833 CFA Not so cold as yesterday although still pretty well. I went to the Office. Occupied in ... 13 January 1833 CFA Morning cold but it moderated in the course of the day. I did nothing excepting my regular ... 14 January 1833 CFA Milder with the wind more from the Southward. I went to the Office. But my time was not very ... 15 January 1833 CFA Coldest morning we have had. It moderated afterwards. I went to the office. Time taken up as ... 16 January 1833 CFA The weather suddenly changed during the night, and it was sultry with a Southerly wind and ... 17 January 1833 CFA I cannot say that this cold morning was passed in the most advisable manner. At the Office ... 18 January 1833 CFA Morning somewhat milder. I went to the office. Little or nothing material. Read some of ... 19 January 1833 CFA Morning extremely cold—Almost enough to take one’s breath away. I went to the Office as ... 20 January 1833 CFA Milder. The first thing this morning was a tremendous fire. It was the Sugar Refinery in ... 21 January 1833 CFA Very mild and pleasant morning. The changes of our weather are most exceedingly strange. ... 22 January 1833 CFA Cloudy but mild. I went to the Office as usual and besides my regular duties, accomplished ... 23 January 1833 CFA A very wet, dirty day. I went to the Office but did not succeed in effecting much. As I had ... 24 January 1833 CFA A dull drizzle and gloomy day. I went to the Office feeling excessively out of order. My ... 25 January 1833 CFA Day very dark and gloomy with rain and snow. I felt somewhat better, though with many ... 26 January 1833 CFA Foggy morning but it afterwards cleared away. I went to the Office and as it was a little ... 27 January 1833 CFA Clear and wintry. Read Smollett’s Independence, an ode the first Stanza of which is superior ... 28 January 1833 CFA My health is not really good this winter, I am sure. Went to the Office, but a Meeting of ... 29 January 1833 CFA Cold again. Drew my Middlesex Canal Dividend, inspected books and read Lingard. On the whole ... 30 January 1833 CFA Morning cloudy and mild. I went to the Office. Received a short and exceedingly dispirited ... 31 January 1833 CFA A snow storm and the first we have had this season. It makes a great change in the ...

[February 1833]

1 February 1833 CFA The cold was severe this morning. And the presence of the snow added much to the reality of ... 2 February 1833 CFA Cold morning. I went to the Office and was occupied in writing much of my time. I also read ... 3 February 1833 CFA Cold weather all comes together. I hope the first and the last attack. Read the second ... 4 February 1833 CFA Still cold. Went to the Office. Letter from my Mother, but not a whit more encouraging. They ... 5 February 1833 CFA Clear but the weather somewhat moderated. I went to the Office, and after my usual duties ... 6 February 1833 CFA Snow again. Our Winter comes all together. I went to the Office. Read a little of Sir James ... 7 February 1833 CFA Sunrise clear, but it soon changed to a driving storm from the north west with excessive ... 8 February 1833 CFA Morning clear with a North West wind but milder than it has been. I went to the Office as ... 9 February 1833 CFA Cloudy and mild. I went to the Office and was engaged in my usual occupations. These were ... 10 February 1833 CFA Mild and cloudy. A thaw seems to be taking place as if to remind us of the passage of the ... 11 February 1833 CFA Morning mild and cloudy. Snow fell during the night but the days are warm. Went to the ... 12 February 1833 CFA A very bad day with rain which froze as it reached the ground and made the walking ... 13 February 1833 CFA More snow with a high wind and most unpleasant. I went to the Office where I now enjoy ... 14 February 1833 CFA A clear day at last. But the streets presented the appearance of winter with the quantity of ... 15 February 1833 CFA Morning cloudy but it was pleasant afterwards. I went to the Office and finished the volume ... 16 February 1833 CFA Morning cloudy but it afterwards cleared away. I went to the Office and passed my time in ... 17 February 1833 CFA The snow now begins to disappear. A considerable body of it has been collecting gradually. ... 18 February 1833 CFA I went to the Office this morning but had scarcely got there before I perceived I had left ... 19 February 1833 CFA A mild day causing the streets to flow with the melted snow. I went to the Office and was ... 20 February 1833 CFA Another mild day. Office. Diary and Gouverneur Morris. Many good points about him, but he ... 21 February 1833 CFA A change of twenty degrees in the atmosphere made us feel as if we had not absolutely bid ... 22 February 1833 CFA A beautiful day. I went to the Office later than usual, having been engaged by Conant from ... 23 February 1833 CFA Another delightful day. I went to the Office. Read my father’s Speech and pored over the ... 24 February 1833 CFA The day was cloudy with mist, rain, hail and finally snow. I passed the morning in reading ... 25 February 1833 CFA A sudden change in the weather which has brought down the Thermometer again quite low. At ... 26 February 1833 CFA Weather quite cold. At the Office after another business delay with Conant, the Tenant at ... 27 February 1833 CFA The Child has not appeared well within a few days. She shows sickness almost immediately. I ... 28 February 1833 CFA Our changes of weather are abrupt enough. It was severely cold this morning. I went to the ...

[March 1833]

1 March 1833 CFA Heavy snow for the first Spring day. I went to the Office and was pretty well occupied all ... 2 March 1833 CFA Snow and a feeble Shine alternated, but towards evening the wind rose and produced a degree ... 3 March 1833 CFA Excessively cold, with a sharp wind which makes it intrude into houses through every crevice.... 4 March 1833 CFA This is the day upon which General Jackson is inaugurated a second time. The People have ... 5 March 1833 CFA If one should judge of the month by the weather, one might readily suppose that we had ... 6 March 1833 CFA I was detained all the morning in the Supreme Court Room because I wished to obtain ... 7 March 1833 CFA The Season just begins to show signs of moderating. It is somewhat late in the month of ... 8 March 1833 CFA A mild and pleasant air in the early part of the day although the wind went round to the ... 9 March 1833 CFA Fine morning. I went to the Office and passed my time pretty industriously there. Read more ... 10 March 1833 CFA A lovely day. I read some of the History of the United States this morning. A feeble book. ... 11 March 1833 CFA The Winter will not leave us. This morning we had snow and sleet and weather altogether ... 12 March 1833 CFA Morning mild but cloudy and rain. I went to the Office and was occupied as usual. Finished ... 13 March 1833 CFA Morning wet and mild but it afterwards cleared away with a North Wester. I went to the ... 14 March 1833 CFA Clear, bright day. I was engaged most of the morning in finishing off the deed and Mortgage, ... 15 March 1833 CFA Morning mild. I went to the Office as usual. From thence at ten o’clock I went according to ... 16 March 1833 CFA As soon as I could get through with my breakfast I went down to see Dr. Hayward. He looked ... 17 March 1833 CFA I obtained some rest during the night and felt better all day, though my head throbbed very ... 18 March 1833 CFA Mild though cloudy. I went to the Office and received a letter from my father at last. It is ... 19 March 1833 CFA Lovely morning but the wind got round soon after. I went to the Office and passed my time ... 20 March 1833 CFA Morning mild and cloudy with Easterly Winds. I went to the Office and was engaged in writing ... 21 March 1833 CFA Morning cloudy and cool. I went to the Office as usual but must plead guilty to a great deal ... 22 March 1833 CFA The day was a lovely one. I went to the Office and from thence to the Athenaeum after ... 23 March 1833 CFA Another beautiful day. I went to the Office and was engaged there part of my time in ... 24 March 1833 CFA A fine day although an easterly wind took from it the delightful balm which we enjoyed ... 25 March 1833 CFA Foggy rainy morning but it afterwards cleared away. I went to the Office and was engaged ... 26 March 1833 CFA Morning clear and cool. I went to the Office as usual and finished correcting the rest of ... 27 March 1833 CFA Our usually quiet habits have been so exceedingly disturbed of late that I confess I looked ... 28 March 1833 CFA The North West wind makes our weather exceedingly cool, but it keeps it clear. I went to the ... 29 March 1833 CFA Another cool fine morning. I went to the Office and passed my time principally in Accounts, ... 30 March 1833 CFA Clear morning, but the wind so very high as to be unpleasant. I went to the Office and was ... 31 March 1833 CFA The day was a pleasant one with the wind at the Southwest. I passed an hour in reading the ...

[April 1833]

1 April 1833 CFA A most delicious day, the air as mild as it is in Summer. I went out with little Louisa to ... 2 April 1833 CFA Morning fine although the wind was a little Easterly. I went to the Office after walking a ... 3 April 1833 CFA Out early this morning to make arrangements and draw Money from the Bank in order to go to ... 4 April 1833 CFA Rain with Easterly breezes. This was the day appropriated for the regular Fast—A custom of ... 5 April 1833 CFA I did intend to have gone to Quincy this morning, but the weather being misty and the roads ... 6 April 1833 CFA Fine weather. I went to the Office and was engaged in writing and Accounts most of the ... 7 April 1833 CFA Morning delightful. But the East Wind set in cold and harsh at Noon. I read part of the ... 8 April 1833 CFA Heavy rain all day with the wind high from the Eastward. I went to the Office. Nothing very ... 9 April 1833 CFA Morning cloudy but it afterwards cleared away. I went to the Office and was engaged in my ... 10 April 1833 CFA Fine clear morning. I walked for an hour on the Common with my child. Met my old classmate ... 11 April 1833 CFA I made ready to go out of town this morning, but the weather on the whole looked so ... 12 April 1833 CFA Cloudy with rain. Weather altogether unpleasant. I went to the Office after reading a ... 13 April 1833 CFA Fine morning. I went to the Office and was occupied there in reading the North American ... 14 April 1833 CFA Clear morning and fine day. I occupied part of yesterday Afternoon and this morning in ... 15 April 1833 CFA Morning clear but extraordinarily cold for the Season. I left home early for the purpose of ... 16 April 1833 CFA Clear day but the weather is cold and comfortless. I know of no deception greater than our ... 17 April 1833 CFA The morning was so cloudy that I concluded not to go to Quincy. The Newspapers announce my ... 18 April 1833 CFA A lovely morning. I thought I would ride to Quincy and observe the progress which was making ... 19 April 1833 CFA Morning clear, but a cold, raw wind which as usual destroys all it’s charm. I went to the ... 20 April 1833 CFA Warm morning. I went to the Office, leaving my father at home with Mr. Degrand. Engaged in ... 21 April 1833 CFA Fine morning. I did not attend Divine Service today, but went with my Wife to Medford to Mr. ... 22 April 1833 CFA The weather continues fine. I read a Satire of Horace and then to the Office where I made ... 23 April 1833 CFA Weather cloudy with a few drops of rain. I went to the Office and passed my time in reading ... 24 April 1833 CFA Clear day. I went to the Office after reading an hour of Horace. My time taken up much as ... 25 April 1833 CFA Fine day. I was quite occupied all the morning, first in Commissions, then I went to Quincy. ... 26 April 1833 CFA Morning cold and easterly. As My Wife proposed to go to Medford to pass the day, I thought I ... 27 April 1833 CFA Cold and Easterly. Our weather gives no pleasure to the Spring. I was exceedingly engaged ... 28 April 1833 CFA Fine day. I passed the early part of the morning in reading a Sermon of Massillon upon the ... 29 April 1833 CFA My man servant has left me and the consequence is that we are put to some inconvenience. ... 30 April 1833 CFA Morning sultry but the Wind afterwards veered and it became quite cold. I walked with the ...

[May 1833]

1 May 1833 CFA Col. Perkins has lately made a splendid donation of his dwelling House to the Asylum of the ... 2 May 1833 CFA I was much occupied this morning in making final preparations for quitting our house for the ... 3 May 1833 CFA Morning clear but the wind remarkably sharp from the North. I rode into town very much to my ... 4 May 1833 CFA Morning cool. I rode to town and was busy most of my morning in the various commissions ... 5 May 1833 CFA Morning cool with an Easterly wind. I was occupied part of the morning upon a labour which ... 6 May 1833 CFA Clear but cool morning. Rode to town. Occupied in my usual little round of trifling ... 7 May 1833 CFA I remained out of town today to do business here. The weather was exceedingly warm and ... 8 May 1833 CFA The morning was bright and the weather continued exceedingly warm. I went to town, and my ... 9 May 1833 CFA Weather moderated and one of our Easterly winds. I rode to town. Busy at the Office. Mr. ... 10 May 1833 CFA I had intended to remain quietly at home all day but a notification of a draught upon my ... 11 May 1833 CFA I remained at home this morning as my horse by his week’s work is very considerably fagged. ... 12 May 1833 CFA A cloudy day with a few drops of rain and now and then a misty dampness in the air. I ... 13 May 1833 CFA Fine day. I rode to town. Weather quite warm. Time taken up all the morning in Commissions. ... 14 May 1833 CFA It looked misty and rained occasionally so that I did not go to town. My morning taken up ... 15 May 1833 CFA Rainy and warm. I was busily at work at home in effecting the transportation of the books to ... 16 May 1833 CFA Misty, easterly, disagreeable day. I went to town and my time was taken up in a variety of ... 17 May 1833 CFA Misty again but it cleared away towards the Afternoon. I passed my morning in reading Horace ... 18 May 1833 CFA The weather was clear and very warm this morning. I went to town accompanied by John Kirk my ... 19 May 1833 CFA An exceedingly warm morning, but in the Afternoon we had light showers and before night the ... 20 May 1833 CFA The weather was misty and cold today. I went to town accompanied by my Mother’s woman Mrs. ... 21 May 1833 CFA Heavy rain for the first time. The wind from the eastward, but it became gradually warmer ... 22 May 1833 CFA Morning clouds but on the whole a very delightful day. I went to Boston. Time engrossed by ... 23 May 1833 CFA Mild but the weather very cloudy and a few drops of rain. I went to town accompanied by my ... 24 May 1833 CFA Clear but cool. I remained at home all day. My morning passed without due improvement. I ... 25 May 1833 CFA I went to Boston today. My first object was to get the Glass purchased the other day safely ... 26 May 1833 CFA Rainy, cold, disagreeable day. I attended Divine Service in the morning but missed in the ... 27 May 1833 CFA Morning clouds with rain and occasionally openings of dry, clear weather. I remained at home ... 28 May 1833 CFA Rode to town. Went to the Gallery for an hour and to the Athenaeum. I sat for an extremely ... 29 May 1833 CFA The weather was so doubtful that I did not go to town. Time occupied partly in reading some ... 30 May 1833 CFA Dull morning but it afterwards cleared away. I remained at Quincy. In the hope of improving ... 31 May 1833 CFA Fine morning. I went to town. My time was consumed at the Gallery, in my performance of ...

[June 1833]

1 June 1833 CFA This is the first very fine day we have had for some time. I did not go to town. But my time ... 2 June 1833 CFA The day was warm and cloudy. I read a little of Horace at the Office and attended Divine ... 3 June 1833 CFA Fine morning. It became cooler at night. I rode to town, the roads in very fine order. My ... 4 June 1833 CFA Day clear but uncommonly cool for the Season. Not having any thing particularly to call me ... 5 June 1833 CFA Morning fine but it changed soon after to quite cold. I remained very quietly at home. Read ... 6 June 1833 CFA My father accompanied me to town today. I was engaged in running round upon a variety of ... 7 June 1833 CFA Morning cloudy but the day was clear with an unpleasant easterly wind at noon. I remained at ... 8 June 1833 CFA Morning fine. I find the air for the season unusually cold. I went to Boston and was engaged ... 9 June 1833 CFA A most extraordinary day for weather, first, a chilly East wind, then a sudden change to ... 10 June 1833 CFA Morning cold with occasional showers through the day. I went to town for the purpose of ... 11 June 1833 CFA Our Season is very extraordinary—High winds and cold with an unusually small proportion of ... 12 June 1833 CFA Cold day. I remained at home. Read as usual beginning with Horace. My practice is to read ... 13 June 1833 CFA The day was tolerably pleasant notwithstanding a cold Easterly wind that prevailed for an ... 14 June 1833 CFA This is the first really pleasant day we have had for a considerable time back. I staid at ... 15 June 1833 CFA Fine morning. I went to town. My time divided between my house which I visited to get a ... 16 June 1833 CFA Fine day after a brisk shower in the morning. I attended Divine Service all day. Heard Mr. ... 17 June 1833 CFA The vegetation of the year which had promised so fairly begins to suffer from the want of ... 18 June 1833 CFA Fine day though exceedingly cold. I went to Boston. Finding that my time was much wasted by ... 19 June 1833 CFA The day was fine. All the family drove into town this morning, in the Carriage. I went first ... 20 June 1833 CFA Fine day although cloudy. I remained quietly at Quincy as much to get over the fatigue of ... 21 June 1833 CFA Morning cloudy with an occasional dropping of rain which did not amount to a shower. I rode ... 22 June 1833 CFA When passed at home, my days have so much uniformity that I think it hardly of use to sit ... 23 June 1833 CFA The day was clear but quite cool. I attended divine service and heard Mr. E. Q. Sewall ... 24 June 1833 CFA The day was wet and foggy with wind from the Eastward so that I did not stir from home. ... 25 June 1833 CFA It rained so very heavily nearly all day that I did not pretend to execute my intention of ... 26 June 1833 CFA The morning was so bright that I expected a pleasant day to go to town, but it did not so ... 27 June 1833 CFA Fine morning but it clouded up, and we had occasional heavy showers through the day. After ... 28 June 1833 CFA Fine morning although the Northwest wind made the air still quite cold. I staid at home all ... 29 June 1833 CFA Fine day and more like Summer than any thing we have had. My Wife received a Note in answer ... 30 June 1833 CFA The morning was fine and the day warm. I was occupied partly in attendance upon Divine ...

[July 1833]

1 July 1833 CFA The day was excessively warm. I went to town and was engaged pretty actively, first, in ... 2 July 1833 CFA It is not easy to say how much I suffered during the night and morning—The child taken so ... 3 July 1833 CFA The child had an excellent night so that she appeared quite nicely this morning. As I had ... 4 July 1833 CFA It is now so many years since the Declaration of Independence that the vigour of its ... 5 July 1833 CFA I went to town this morning and was engaged at my Office in my usual way. Read some portions ... 6 July 1833 CFA Fine day. I accompanied Mr. Brooks to town. At the Office, then the House and a call at Miss ... 7 July 1833 CFA The Morning was drizzly but it became clear and warmer as the day advanced. I attended ... 8 July 1833 CFA The morning was cloudy with occasional showers of rain. I went to town and was occupied much ... 9 July 1833 CFA My purpose in coming here last Night was to obtain of my father the necessary Deed of the ... 10 July 1833 CFA I left Medford with Mr. Brooks, and my Wife was to follow in the Carriage. My stay here this ... 11 July 1833 CFA Fine day. Having been to Boston a great deal of late, I concluded I would try the comfort of ... 12 July 1833 CFA The Season is at present delightful—Not too warm and yet comfortable. I passed another day ... 13 July 1833 CFA The day was still fine although increasing in heat above those preceding. I rode to town ... 14 July 1833 CFA A very hot day with a Southerly wind, more oppressive than any thing I have felt this Summer.... 15 July 1833 CFA The weather promised to be warm so that I concluded to remain at home. It was in fact ... 16 July 1833 CFA Fine day and as cool as need be. I rode to town by way of the Neck for the purpose of seeing ... 17 July 1833 CFA The day was cool. I remained at Quincy and occupied myself in reading according to my usual ... 18 July 1833 CFA Cloudy with occasional thunder showers round about us but no rain of any consequence here. I ... 19 July 1833 CFA I remained at home all day and pursued my usual occupations with tolerable industry. Read a ... 20 July 1833 CFA Clouds but no rain. I rode to town and passed my time in a very desultory way. Read a little ... 21 July 1833 CFA The day threatened great heat, but clouds and an East wind prevented. I read an Ode or two ... 22 July 1833 CFA The day was exceedingly warm. I went to town, according to agreement for the purpose of ... 23 July 1833 CFA The day was quite cool with an Easterly wind which to the feeling was very pleasant after ... 24 July 1833 CFA Another day of extreme heat terminated by a flurry accompanied with a very little rain. I ... 25 July 1833 CFA A cool day. These alterations of our weather are very relieving to the feelings. For the air ... 26 July 1833 CFA Morning fine and day cool. I remained quietly in my study, writing, reading some Odes of ... 27 July 1833 CFA As the day was likely to prove a hot one and I had no leading object to carry me to town, I ... 28 July 1833 CFA Morning warm, although a high wind dispelled all the inconvenience one might otherwise have ... 29 July 1833 CFA Cool morning with a gradual clouding up as if at last it was likely to produce Rain. I went ... 30 July 1833 CFA A hard rain in the night with occasional showers through the day. Having made an appointment ... 31 July 1833 CFA Morning cool and pleasant without a cloud in the sky. I remained quietly at home. My time ...

[August 1833]

1 August 1833 CFA Fine day. I passed it in my usual occupation. I am making out a pretty complete set of the ... 2 August 1833 CFA My day was passed very quietly here in the pursuit of my usual occupations. I went to the ... 3 August 1833 CFA Fine day although somewhat cool. I went to town. By appointment I was to meet the Painter ... 4 August 1833 CFA Morning hazy with clouds of vapor, and excessive heat—All which terminated in the sharpest ... 5 August 1833 CFA Foggy with an occasional Easterly puff of wind which kept us quite cool. I remained very ... 6 August 1833 CFA Cloudy with occasional drops of rain. I went to town. Engaged for some time in Commissions. ... 7 August 1833 CFA It was quite a warm day although early and at noon there were showers. I remained quietly ... 8 August 1833 CFA My day passed in the quiet pursuits which render my Diary so exceedingly monotonous. I ... 9 August 1833 CFA I had intended to go to town today but it was a cold day with an Easterly wind and heavy ... 10 August 1833 CFA The day was fine, and I went to town accompanied by Sarah, the child’s nurse for the Summer, ... 11 August 1833 CFA Morning clear and warm although the air was sufficiently elastic to prevent any ... 12 August 1833 CFA I went to town and passed the day. Time very much taken up in Commissions and exercise of ... 13 August 1833 CFA The morning began with very heavy showers and wind from the South. It afterwards cleared ... 14 August 1833 CFA I went to town, accompanied by my father. The day was warm but not oppressive. I was ... 15 August 1833 CFA Fine day. I remained at home and occupied myself in my usual way interrupted only in the ... 16 August 1833 CFA Clear with a cool Easterly wind. I worked today with considerable effect upon my review of ... 17 August 1833 CFA Foggy with the Wind from the Eastward but it did not rain. I rode to town and was moving ... 18 August 1833 CFA On this day I complete twenty six years of my Life. Another year has been added since I ... 19 August 1833 CFA Fine day. I went to Boston and passed my morning in a variety of occupations. Went to the ... 20 August 1833 CFA Fine day. I rode to town accompanied by my brother. Time taken up in my usual variety of ... 21 August 1833 CFA Fine day though cool. I remained at home all day, and it was tolerably fortunate that I did, ... 22 August 1833 CFA Day fine although there was a Sea fog hanging over us all the morning. I rode to town. Time ... 23 August 1833 CFA The morning was foggy with a North Easter and a little rain. It cleared away however before ... 24 August 1833 CFA Fine day with a cool Easterly wind. I went to town accompanied by my brother. My time was ... 25 August 1833 CFA Morning fine although the dry weather still continues. I attended divine service in the ... 26 August 1833 CFA After a restless night, I arose and breakfasting, went to town. My determination was to ... 27 August 1833 CFA Morning warm with a South west wind. My father accompanied me to town. I was engaged at the ... 28 August 1833 CFA I said that my plan was to be altered. This is in consequence of a disposition on the part ... 29 August 1833 CFA As I had been going for so long a time I concluded it would be better to remain quietly at ... 30 August 1833 CFA Cold morning. The Easterly winds have prevailed of late very much although the drought has ... 31 August 1833 CFA The morning was cloudy with slight rain. I remained quietly at home, and my time was very ...

[September 1833]

1 September 1833 CFA The morning was cloudy with a shower, but it afterwards cleared away quite cool. I was ... 2 September 1833 CFA The North wind was almost a gale this morning. I went into town with it blowing in my face ... 3 September 1833 CFA I went to town this morning for the purpose of attending to my household which yesterday’s ... 4 September 1833 CFA I this morning made the final disclosure to my Wife and although much affected, she bore it ... 5 September 1833 CFA Went to town accompanied by my brother. The day was cloudy and very sultry indeed. I passed ... 6 September 1833 CFA I went to town again this morning and was occupied in the closing directions for the house, ... 7 September 1833 CFA This was the morning for our move. Accordingly after seeing to every thing, I went off ... 8 September 1833 CFA Morning cloudy with a few drops of rain. My father returned to Quincy after breakfast, Kirk ... 9 September 1833 CFA Morning damp and cool. I went to the Office as usual and passed the greater part of my time ... 10 September 1833 CFA My time now begins to be more at my disposal, and I enter again very quietly upon my ancient ... 11 September 1833 CFA As my Wife expected some of the family from Quincy, I took the trouble to go down to Market. ... 12 September 1833 CFA Fine clear morning. I went to the Caucus which was called to consult upon a candidate for ... 13 September 1833 CFA At an early hour I went out for the purpose of putting into the hands of Col. Merrick the ... 14 September 1833 CFA Fine morning though cool. I went to the Office and passed most of my time there, but could ... 15 September 1833 CFA Fine day although yet very cool. I have caught a severe cold which makes me feel it somewhat ... 16 September 1833 CFA Clear and cool. I went to the Office and was occupied in reading Bradford’s History in which ... 17 September 1833 CFA The day was fine but somewhat cool. I passed an hour at home in writing upon my Article and ... 18 September 1833 CFA The day was cloudy with rain. I went to the Office and passed the greater part of my morning ... 19 September 1833 CFA Morning very warm and sultry. I awoke feeling excessively heated and feverish, and this ... 20 September 1833 CFA Another excessively sultry day. I felt better however. Morning at the Office. Read all the ... 21 September 1833 CFA Morning cloudy but much cooler. I went to the Office and passed my time in reading the ... 22 September 1833 CFA I sit down to write the record of a trying day to me. We were just seated very quietly to ... 23 September 1833 CFA I slept but about two hours, for my anxiety about my Wife kept me uneasy. She was ... 24 September 1833 CFA My Wife had a good night and seemed to be on the whole much on the recovery. The boy is a ... 25 September 1833 CFA Beautiful weather. My Wife was tolerably today. My Mother not quite so well, but both on the ... 26 September 1833 CFA Very fine weather. My wife was tolerably and my Mother somewhat better. The Carriage came in ... 27 September 1833 CFA Fine day. My Wife seems to be slowly but gradually improving. My Mother on the other hand ... 28 September 1833 CFA Fine day. I went to the Office and amused my leisure time in reading the Records of my Life ... 29 September 1833 CFA Fine day though cloudy and warm. My Wife looked better than she has yet done. Her colour ... 30 September 1833 CFA I make it a point as far as I can to avoid any share in the political agitations of the day. ...

[October 1833]

1 October 1833 CFA The day was fine though cooler than it has been. I went to the Office after passing an hour ... 2 October 1833 CFA Morning cloudy with occasional showers. I went to the Office and was busily occupied most of ... 3 October 1833 CFA Fine day. I went to the Office. Occupied in Accounts. My brother John came in for a little ... 4 October 1833 CFA Morning fine. I amended and altered my draught of last evening, and then called upon Quincy ... 5 October 1833 CFA Fine day, but I rose with a head ach from some difficulty in digestion, and it did not leave ... 6 October 1833 CFA I arose feeling better and devoted my day to quiet and meditation. As this is in its true ... 7 October 1833 CFA The morning was delightfully pleasant. I give no daily account of the state of my family ... 8 October 1833 CFA Morning cloudy with heavy rain in showers throughout the day and night, yet very warm. I ... 9 October 1833 CFA It rained when I arose and there was a rainbow in the West which Sailors generally would ... 10 October 1833 CFA Much of my morning time was taken up in delays at my house and afterwards in Accounts. At ... 11 October 1833 CFA Morning clear and cool. After my usual quantity of Virgil I went to the Office and was ... 12 October 1833 CFA Morning warm with clouds, but the wind became easterly and very uncomfortable. I went to the ... 13 October 1833 CFA The storm set in last night and it rained heavily in showers throughout the day. I attended ... 14 October 1833 CFA Cleared off with a sharp air from the Northwest. I went to the Office and passed my time ... 15 October 1833 CFA My indications were not ill understood. I had another head ach of indigestion. These now ... 16 October 1833 CFA Morning cloudy and damp. A Southerly wind with sultry weather. I went to the Office and was ... 17 October 1833 CFA Morning foggy with easterly wind. I began reading Virgil’s Aeneis having finished the ... 18 October 1833 CFA Morning fine and tolerably warm. I read some of the first book of Virgil’s Aeneid and went ... 19 October 1833 CFA Morning clear and cool. My Wife took advantage of it and rode out for the first time. Our ... 20 October 1833 CFA Cloudy with heavy rain all day. I copied several Letters for my father and prepared them to ... 21 October 1833 CFA Heavy rain. I was up late and went to the Office. Occupied in reading the rest of the number ... 22 October 1833 CFA Rain continues. This will be of great service this day in replenishing the Wells. We have ... 23 October 1833 CFA Fine clear day. I was very much occupied most of my time in executing a business operation. ... 24 October 1833 CFA Very lovely day. I went to the Office and was engaged much of my time in Accounts. Settled ... 25 October 1833 CFA Morning cloudy but it afterwards cleared away quite pleasant. I went to the Office and was ... 26 October 1833 CFA Fine day. I went to the Office. Received a letter from my Mother in regard to the affair of ... 27 October 1833 CFA I was gratified to find it a fair day and that nothing would prevent the taking place of the ... 28 October 1833 CFA Fine day although the morning was cloudy and threatened snow. I went to the Office. My Wife ... 29 October 1833 CFA Day clear but cold. My family in a state of disarrangement from sickness. I went to the ... 30 October 1833 CFA Day cloudy and wind very raw. I went to the Office, from thence to a sale of pictures at ... 31 October 1833 CFA Morning cold and clear. I went to the Office and was able to effect something in the way of ...

[November 1833]

1 November 1833 CFA The day was cold and clear, and in all respects favorable for the progress of my Mother’s ... 2 November 1833 CFA The day was milder than it had been and looked cloudy but it soon after became quite clear. ... 3 November 1833 CFA Clear and cold morning. Passed an hour in copying, after which I attended Divine Service at ... 4 November 1833 CFA Fine clear day. I went to the Office and passed my time very quietly reading the small talk ... 5 November 1833 CFA Fine morning but quite cold. I went to the Office. Time taken up in Accounts as usual and in ... 6 November 1833 CFA Pleasant morning. My father came in to town this morning preparatory to his going away. As ... 7 November 1833 CFA My father left us this morning at 1/2 past 6 o’clock. I regret his going although in the ... 8 November 1833 CFA A cloudy morning but it cleared away and became a very fine Indian Summer day. I went to the ... 9 November 1833 CFA Fine morning, but it afterwards clouded over and by night was very gusty with rain. I went ... 10 November 1833 CFA Fine day. I attended divine service and heard Mr. Frothingham preach an excellent Sermon ... 11 November 1833 CFA This is the day appointed by law for the election of State Officers. The result is with a ... 12 November 1833 CFA The returns come in this morning and manifest one thing decidedly—The total prostration of ... 13 November 1833 CFA The weather very fine today, although growing quite cool. The returns still come in very ... 14 November 1833 CFA I enjoyed the brightness of the day by taking a long walk. I went also to the Office and was ... 15 November 1833 CFA The rain set in after sunset last evening and continued until morning when we had a fog so ... 16 November 1833 CFA Fine day although growing much cooler. I went to the Office and was occupied much of my time ... 17 November 1833 CFA Fine morning and the weather far more in character with the Season. I passed an hour in ... 18 November 1833 CFA Cool and clear. At the Office, studying out Accounts, and with two or three Country visitors.... 19 November 1833 CFA The cold now begins to make us sensible of the approach of Winter. I went to the Office and ... 20 November 1833 CFA Very cool indeed. I went to the Office and was busy in reading Milton although not with a ... 21 November 1833 CFA Morning milder and more pleasant. I went to the Office and passed an hour in occupation. Mr. ... 22 November 1833 CFA Cloudy with a heavy rain through the most part of the day. I went to the Office and passed ... 23 November 1833 CFA I spent an hour at market this morning making purchases, although I did not think that the ... 24 November 1833 CFA Since Mr. Brooks has taken possession of his Pew, I have to go to some other and my efforts ... 25 November 1833 CFA Snow and the first arrival of winter. I went to the Office. Mr. Conant from Weston came in ... 26 November 1833 CFA Snow continues with pretty warm air. I went to the Office as usual and passed my time in ... 27 November 1833 CFA I went to Market as usual upon the morning preceding Thanksgiving day and found the price of ... 28 November 1833 CFA This was the day set apart as usual for Thanksgiving. It was quite pleasant, and I read in ... 29 November 1833 CFA Morning cloudy and raw. I went to the Office and finished the Parliamentary History, for ... 30 November 1833 CFA Morning cloudy with heavy rain throughout the day. I went to the Office and sat very quietly ...

[December 1833]

1 December 1833 CFA I read a little of Mr. Chalmers’ book before I attended Divine Service and heard Mr. ... 2 December 1833 CFA Morning cloudy and mild. I went to the Office and was occupied there in reading the ... 3 December 1833 CFA Morning cloudy. I went to the Office. Mr. Conant the younger called on me from Weston about ... 4 December 1833 CFA Morning the same kind of cloudy weather we have had for some time back. I went to the Office ... 5 December 1833 CFA The weather continues mild. I went to the Office. Received an apologizing letter from Mr. ... 6 December 1833 CFA Morning a little cloudy but it afterwards cleared away and became very pleasant. I went to ... 7 December 1833 CFA Morning cooler but fine weather. I went to the Office and was engaged in rectifying my ... 8 December 1833 CFA Cloudy and raw. I read some of Mr. Chalmers in the morning prior to attending divine service.... 9 December 1833 CFA It rained and blew a hurricane last night, but this morning the weather was as fair and mild ... 10 December 1833 CFA Fine morning. I went to the Office as usual. Engaged in Accounts &ca. Called on Mr. Oliver ... 11 December 1833 CFA Fine day although the weather is growing colder and more in accordance with the season. I ... 12 December 1833 CFA Cloudy and cold today. I went to the Office and read very uninterruptedly for about an hour ... 13 December 1833 CFA Cloudy day and cold. Went to the Office as usual and was occupied for some time in reading ... 14 December 1833 CFA Morning at the Office. Received a letter from my father with a copy of the report of the ... 15 December 1833 CFA The weather keeps cloudy but does not positively rain or snow. I read Mackintosh and ... 16 December 1833 CFA Morning cloudy. I went to the Office where I received a letter from my father and the ... 17 December 1833 CFA Morning clouds, it began to rain in the Afternoon and to blow almost a hurricane. I was ... 18 December 1833 CFA The rain and wind continued through the day. I went to the Office. Engaged in my usual ... 19 December 1833 CFA The weather cloudy but the wind has ceased. I went to the Office and was engaged in reading ... 20 December 1833 CFA Fine morning. I went to the Office and passed my time very quietly reading and writing and ... 21 December 1833 CFA Beautiful day. I was very busy all the morning in money affairs. After coming from Market, I ... 22 December 1833 CFA Heavy rain and the Streets in such a condition from its freezing on the bricks as to be ... 23 December 1833 CFA The day was beautiful. I received from my father a long letter upon politics. He does not ... 24 December 1833 CFA We have within a week or ten days experienced prodigious alternations of weather. Today ... 25 December 1833 CFA Christmas day. The desire to consider it as a day of celebration is increasing very fast in ... 26 December 1833 CFA Fine day again. Office. I was about to go to work, when Mr. S. Conant from Weston came in ... 27 December 1833 CFA Fine clear day. I went to the Office. Engaged in copying out my Accounts for the close of ... 28 December 1833 CFA Fine day. I was at the Office all the morning, occupied in drawing out my Quarterly Account. ... 29 December 1833 CFA Fine day. I attended divine Service all day. Heard Mr. Frothingham from Luke 1. 78–79. “The ... 30 December 1833 CFA Fine day. I went to the Office and finished most of my business for the present quarter. ... 31 December 1833 CFA Fine after clouds. I went to the Office, drew up all my Accounts and settled my balances. ...

1834

[January 1834]

1 January 1834 — 12 December 1835 CFA No. 8 Diary ... 1 January 1834 CFA The first page of a new volume on New Year’s day—A day which to the young brings all the ... 2 January 1834 CFA The New Year brings with it several duties among which the most important is in a social ... 3 January 1834 CFA Morning colder. Office. Time as much taken up in business affairs as ever. I brought up my ... 4 January 1834 CFA Morning tolerably clear. I was occupied an hour in my weekly visit to Market, after which I ... 5 January 1834 CFA Morning snowy and quite cold. I attended divine Service all day. Heard in the morning Mr. ... 6 January 1834 CFA I find my mornings much shortened from a lazy practice I have of remaining over the fire at ... 7 January 1834 CFA Cold weather. I went to the office where I pursued my occupation of Accounts. Nothing of any ... 8 January 1834 CFA A very beautiful day. Our weather this season has been uncommonly mild and open. I went to ... 9 January 1834 CFA I was again engrossed the whole morning in correcting proof. Mr. Davis was this day elected ... 10 January 1834 CFA Mild day. I went to the Office and passed my time in making up the arrears of the last few ... 11 January 1834 CFA Day mild. I went to the Office. Engaged in accounts and in reading the North American Review.... 12 January 1834 CFA Day stormy, with snow, rain and frost. I attended divine Service all day and heard Mr. ... 13 January 1834 CFA The children give us considerable uneasiness in different ways. And fear and anxiety ... 14 January 1834 CFA Morning clear and cold. The rain and frost immediately following have made the Streets a ... 15 January 1834 CFA Morning clear and cold. I went to the Office. Time taken up in Accounts and making up my ... 16 January 1834 CFA Fine day. I went to the Office. Time passed very uninterruptedly reading the Debates. Mr. ... 17 January 1834 CFA Very mild with a Southerly wind and rain. I went to the Office and passed my time in reading ... 18 January 1834 CFA The day was more like May than January. The baby makes us very uneasy. He has a cold which ... 19 January 1834 CFA The weather continues particularly mild, and probably produces this tendency to colds. I ... 20 January 1834 CFA The child was not so well this morning. His voice was almost gone. The Dr. calls it a ... 21 January 1834 CFA The weather changes to much cooler. The child was pronounced better this morning much to my ... 22 January 1834 CFA This was the first morning which has occurred this winter, of extraordinary severity. I went ... 23 January 1834 CFA Morning still colder. I went to the Office. Occupied in Accounts. I have no time for the ... 24 January 1834 CFA The third cold morning. I went to the Office quite late and found every thing so cold and ... 25 January 1834 CFA Weather moderating. The Dr. finally assured us this morning that our children did not need ... 26 January 1834 CFA My record of Sunday is now little else than that of my religious exercises. A few years ... 27 January 1834 CFA Fine day. I went to the Office rather earlier than usual and was engaged in writing up my ... 28 January 1834 CFA Mild, winter day. I went to the Office. Engaged in writing and had a visit from Mr. Walsh, ... 29 January 1834 CFA Pleasant winter weather. The children appear now to be pretty well and my heart is easy. I ... 30 January 1834 CFA Mild, agreeable weather. I received a short Note from my brother at Washington, though ... 31 January 1834 CFA A delightfully mild day. I went to the Office and from thence to a Meeting of the Directors ...

[February 1834]

1 February 1834 CFA We were anxious to hear of the little child and at last had an account which promised ... 2 February 1834 CFA A lovely day as I have ever seen at this season of the year. We attended divine service all ... 3 February 1834 CFA Another delightful day. I went to the Office. Engaged as usual in making up my arrears, ... 4 February 1834 CFA The weather holds on mild although it was cloudy today. I passed my time in no better manner ... 5 February 1834 CFA Mild but cloudy. I went to the Office and passed my time in reading the debate in the Senate ... 6 February 1834 CFA Fine morning but it afterwards grew cloudy. I went to the Office and I believe for the first ... 7 February 1834 CFA A snow storm. Such are the alternations of our weather. I went to the Office as usual. ... 8 February 1834 CFA Fine day though cool. I went to the Office and purposed to pass my time industriously in ... 9 February 1834 CFA Weather cloudy. Attended divine service all day. Mr. Putnam. Ecclesiastes 1. 14. “I have ... 10 February 1834 CFA I have rarely known a time when my existence was more monotonous than at present. Even my ... 11 February 1834 CFA Beautiful day. I went to the office. I find my new acquaintance in the room opposite takes ... 12 February 1834 CFA Cold again. I went to the Office but executed little excepting a Lease of the Tenant at ... 13 February 1834 CFA Fine day. I went to the Office and executed the remainder of the Lease to the Farmer at ... 14 February 1834 CFA Morning passed at the office occupied in the same series of nothingness which distinguishes ... 15 February 1834 CFA Mild but cloudy. I went to the Office and spent an hour in reading the Parliamentary Debates.... 16 February 1834 CFA The day was pleasant. I attended divine service and heard Mr. Frothingham preach from Psalms.... 17 February 1834 CFA Cloudy day. I went to the Office and was engaged the whole morning with Tenants. Finding my ... 18 February 1834 CFA Weather singularly mild and pleasant. Our whole month of February has been quite uncommon. I ... 19 February 1834 CFA My morning was wasted in reading over some English Newspapers. There is something quite ... 20 February 1834 CFA A very lovely day. I went to the Office and occupied myself in writing and reading. Made ... 21 February 1834 CFA Fine day. I went to the Office, but did not spend my time as profitably as I might have done.... 22 February 1834 CFA Fine day. Office. I had two or three persons made application to me upon various subjects. ... 23 February 1834 CFA Dull rainy day. I arose late from the disturbed night caused by the child. Attended divine ... 24 February 1834 CFA Cloudy day. I went to the Office, but my time was much taken up by Mr. Walsh who came and ... 25 February 1834 CFA Snowy morning and an appearance of recurring winter. I went to the Office but did very ... 26 February 1834 CFA Morning clear and cooler than for some time past. I went to the Office and from there to a ... 27 February 1834 CFA Fine day. I went to the Office and from thence to Mr. Cogswell’s sale, but got no books. Did ... 28 February 1834 CFA Our weather is perfectly delightful. Mr. Walsh took up the whole morning in conversation ...

[March 1834]

1 March 1834 CFA Beautiful day. I went to the Office. Occupied in reading the Debates in the British ... 2 March 1834 CFA Snow, clouds and wet weather. I passed my morning hour in reading the Annual Register for ... 3 March 1834 CFA Cooler than it has been. I went to the Office, and passed my time as usual not to much ... 4 March 1834 CFA Lovely morning. The fine weather this season decidedly predominates. A person disordered in ... 5 March 1834 CFA Another very beautiful day. I went to the Office and occupied myself as well as I could with ... 6 March 1834 CFA Hazy and clouds. A few drops of rain from time to time but it cleared away in the evening. ... 7 March 1834 CFA Fine day. I went to the Office. Time taken up by Diary and progress in the Register. I am ... 8 March 1834 CFA My Ink is so pale today, I have great doubts whether I can write. Went to the Office—Weather ... 9 March 1834 CFA Clear and pleasant day. Began Benjamin Constant’s book upon Religion which I bought the ... 10 March 1834 CFA Cool but pleasant. Went to the Office and from thence to the Athenaeum where I spent nearly ... 11 March 1834 CFA Dusty. Office as usual. I brought down a volume of Jefferson’s Memorials to read but did not ... 12 March 1834 CFA Fine day and mild as May. I went to the Office. Occupied in my Accounts and paying off as ... 13 March 1834 CFA A very fine day. I went to the Office and was occupied in my usual manner. Made some ... 14 March 1834 CFA Fine day but cool. I went to the Office, but was not very industrious. Read the National ... 15 March 1834 CFA Our Season is fine but uncommonly dry. I went to the Office, and read the Volume of ... 16 March 1834 CFA Fine day. I read Benjamin Constant. Divine Service all day. Heard Mr. Frothingham from ... 17 March 1834 CFA Fine morning. I went to the Office after a visit from Mr. Stephen Whitney. This is a member ... 18 March 1834 CFA Weather clear and pleasant. I went to the Office and was occupied in making up my Diary, and ... 19 March 1834 CFA Uncommonly warm for the Season. I went down to the Office. My time passed quite unprofitably.... 20 March 1834 CFA It rained last night but was clear in the morning. I read some of Constant, and went to the ... 21 March 1834 CFA I spent most of my morning at the Athenaeum reading in the English Periodicals and amusing ... 22 March 1834 CFA A cold and very windy day, much in character with the month. I amused myself this morning ... 23 March 1834 CFA Cool. Continued and finished d’Haussez whose book has diverted me much. He is satirical ... 24 March 1834 CFA Mild. Read Mrs. Jamieson’s Memoirs of Female Sovereigns, Christina of Sweden—A curious and ... 25 March 1834 CFA Cloudy with occasional showers of hail and rain. Read the Account of Queen Anne by Mrs. ... 26 March 1834 CFA Cool but clear. I went to the Office after lounging some time over Mrs. Jamieson. Her ... 27 March 1834 CFA Fine morning. I went to the Office and was occupied part of my time in Accounts and part of ... 28 March 1834 CFA The season is uncommonly clear and dry. I went to the Office and occupied myself as well as ... 29 March 1834 CFA Lovely day. I was so much tempted to be out that I did not execute much at home. Walked to ... 30 March 1834 CFA The Weather yesterday terminated in a shower and subsequent fall of the temperature more ... 31 March 1834 CFA Fine day. I went to the Office and was occupied very busily in making up my Account for the ...

[April 1834]

1 April 1834 CFA The weather was blustering with occasional rain. I went to the Office as usual and was ... 2 April 1834 CFA The weather cloudy and dull. I was myself in but indifferent spirits. The answer of my ... 3 April 1834 CFA This was the regular day appointed for Fast according to the custom of this people. I ... 4 April 1834 CFA Fine morning. I went to the Office but not until after I had occupied myself in reading some ... 5 April 1834 CFA Fine day. Office. Mr. William Spear called upon me to let me know that William Field one of ... 6 April 1834 CFA Fine day but cool. I attended Divine Service all day and heard Mr. Frothingham and Mr. ... 7 April 1834 CFA Morning pleasant. I went to the Office and passed my time very easily. My office boy has ... 8 April 1834 CFA Morning cloudy without rain. Went to the Office and from thence to collect Dividends. This ... 9 April 1834 CFA Rainy morning with clouds. I went to the Office but did not spend my time to much advantage. ... 10 April 1834 CFA Morning fine weather. I went to the Office and occupied myself as usual but not to much ... 11 April 1834 CFA I had one of my unpleasant headachs today. Thinking it arose from indigestion I thought I ... 12 April 1834 CFA A very lovely and very warm day. I could not keep much at the Office. Mr. William Spear came ... 13 April 1834 CFA A summer’s day. I walked out upon the Common for an hour after breakfast with my Wife and ... 14 April 1834 CFA Fine day. I went to the Office and was occupied in Accounts to some extent. Conversation ... 15 April 1834 CFA The children seem to be a little disordered which makes us uneasy and unhappy. I trust as I ... 16 April 1834 CFA Morning fine but cool. I did intend to have started at once for Quincy but by going down to ... 17 April 1834 CFA Very warm. I went to the Office. Occupied in various Accounts and lounging in the Insurance ... 18 April 1834 CFA The thunder of yesterday chilled the air for today. I went out early and rode to Quincy. ... 19 April 1834 CFA Morning Cloudy and towards night, rain. I went to the Office and was occupied in a variety ... 20 April 1834 CFA Morning cloudy after the rain but it cleared away before night. I read Basil Hall’s visit to ... 21 April 1834 CFA Cloudy with a thunder storm in the evening. I went to the Office and was tempted from thence ... 22 April 1834 CFA Clouds and chilly atmosphere. I went to the Office. Time rather wasted. Read a little of ... 23 April 1834 CFA Day cloudy with rain. I went to the Office after reading for an hour the story of Gabriel ... 24 April 1834 CFA Fine day but cool. I went out early. Read the Newspapers and called at the Office. Then ... 25 April 1834 CFA Cold morning. I went to the Office after writing for an hour. Time wasted in reading ... 26 April 1834 CFA Fine day although the East wind prevailed. As I had asked a friend or two to dine with me, I ... 27 April 1834 CFA I both eat and drank too much for my wellbeing, yesterday. The consequence was that I did ... 28 April 1834 CFA Morning clear but uncommonly cold for the Season—A sharp frost. I read Helen, a novel by ... 29 April 1834 CFA Pleasant morning. I rode to Quincy. Found things much in the same State, but as there was ... 30 April 1834 CFA Day cloudy with heavy showers. I went to the Office and from thence to the Athenaeum where I ...

[May 1834]

1 May 1834 CFA A beautiful May day. I went out earlier than usual and was engaged much of my time in ... 2 May 1834 CFA Morning fine although accompanied by an East wind. I rode to Quincy for the purpose of ... 3 May 1834 CFA Fine day. Morning to the Office. Occupied in business. Mr. Spear came in from Quincy and ... 4 May 1834 CFA A fine day. I went to walk with my Wife and child before Meeting. Attended divine service ... 5 May 1834 CFA Morning pleasant. I was engaged for some time in disposing of the various little matters ... 6 May 1834 CFA Heavy rain in the morning, and thick weather all day. I was engaged in details much of my ... 7 May 1834 CFA It held up during the morning but by noon it set in as earnestly as ever and rained heavily ... 8 May 1834 CFA Fine morning with the air mild and pleasant. I went to town accompanied by Mr. Brooks. Time ... 9 May 1834 CFA Fine morning. I went to the Office after riding into town with Mr. Brooks. My time taken up ... 10 May 1834 CFA I had fixed upon this day to go to Quincy, but upon waking, I found it raining heavily which ... 11 May 1834 CFA Morning quite fine. Read some of Madame de Stael’s fine theory of perfectability not a ... 12 May 1834 CFA Cold, gusty day. I went to town and passed an hour there in business. Received a letter from ... 13 May 1834 CFA Quite cold and cheerless for Country life. My Wife has by imprudent exposure caught a ... 14 May 1834 CFA Blustering, cold weather more like the month of March than May. There was a frost this ... 15 May 1834 CFA Weather cold and cheerless. We have frosts every morning which are likely to do great injury.... 16 May 1834 CFA Another frost and the day cold although much pleasanter than it has been. I accompanied Mr. ... 17 May 1834 CFA Weather better today although still very far from warm. I went to town accompanied by Mr. ... 18 May 1834 CFA The first day in character with the Season and very pleasant it was. I amused myself in ... 19 May 1834 CFA A lovely day. I went to town with Mr. Brooks. Time taken up in some Commissions and at the ... 20 May 1834 CFA Day pleasant although somewhat cooler. I read Italian for some time and then rode to town ... 21 May 1834 CFA Very warm and pleasant day. I accompanied Mr. Brooks to town and not having much of any ... 22 May 1834 CFA Fine day but cold. I went to town with Mr. Brooks. Office. Jefferson’s Journal of a Journey ... 23 May 1834 CFA A cold, cloudy day. I accompanied by Mr. Brooks rode to town. Morning passed very quietly at ... 24 May 1834 CFA Morning cloudy and warm. I accompanied Mr. Brooks to town. Time passed at the Office. Mr. W. ... 25 May 1834 CFA Morning cold and raw. The proportion has been very great of this weather during this month. ... 26 May 1834 CFA Cold and cloudy. I went to town in the Carriage with Mr. Brooks and the two Everett children ... 27 May 1834 CFA Morning cloudy with a cold Easterly wind, but it cleared away and became pleasanter in the ... 28 May 1834 CFA Another cloudy, cheerless morning. I accompanied Mr. Brooks to town. Passed some time at the ... 29 May 1834 CFA We are so accustomed to dark, cold, wet mornings now that we hardly expect any thing else. I ... 30 May 1834 CFA Cold and rainy. I notwithstanding made up my mind to go to Quincy, which I accordingly did. ... 31 May 1834 CFA Another cloudy day. I concluded to stay at home. Passed some of my time in reading Italian, ...

[June 1834]

1 June 1834 CFA Warmer but still cloudy and with occasional showers of rain. I passed much of my day in ... 2 June 1834 CFA Rode to town accompanied by Mr. Brooks. It cleared off and became a fine day. The sight of ... 3 June 1834 CFA A fine day though cool and with a high wind from the Northwest. I went to town with Mr. ... 4 June 1834 CFA Fine day. I went to town accompanied by Mr. Brooks. Office, and to the House from whence I ... 5 June 1834 CFA Very unexpectedly we perceived the sky overcast this morning and it rained very heavily all ... 6 June 1834 CFA Morning cloudy but it afterwards cleared a little. I accompanied Mr. Brooks to town. Nothing ... 7 June 1834 CFA Pleasant day. I rode to town accompanied by Mr. Brooks. Nothing of any consequence ... 8 June 1834 CFA A fine day and in character with the season which has been a rarity heretofore. I passed my ... 9 June 1834 CFA A very warm day indeed. I accompanied Mr. Brooks to town. Passed my time at the Office ... 10 June 1834 CFA Warm day but not like yesterday. We are in general subject here to a rapid alternation from ... 11 June 1834 CFA Fine day. I accompanied Mr. Brooks to town and passed my time very quietly at the Office ... 12 June 1834 CFA Day cool and windy. I went to town accompanied by Mr. Brooks. Office. Nothing of any ... 13 June 1834 CFA The day was cloudy and as I had nothing to do, I concluded to remain at home. Divided my ... 14 June 1834 CFA Morning pleasant although uncommonly cool still. I went to town accompanied by Frank ... 15 June 1834 CFA Morning clear but cool. I read German, finishing the extracts from Goethe in the reader and ... 16 June 1834 CFA Heavy rain this morning so that I made up my mind very quietly to remaining at home. Read ... 17 June 1834 CFA Rode to town, accompanied by Mr. Brooks. Found myself in pretty active request, first by the ... 18 June 1834 CFA Very heavy rain again today. I did not stir out of the House. Read Muller and almost ... 19 June 1834 CFA The day was cloudy with passing showers. I went to town in my own way. Time somewhat taken ... 20 June 1834 CFA Morning pleasant. I went to town accompanied by Mr. Brooks who took me a long Journey round ... 21 June 1834 CFA I did not go to town today. But Mr. Brooks and P. C. Jr. and my wife did go. My occupation ... 22 June 1834 CFA Pleasant day. I read more of Schiller which was interesting and gave me some encouragement ... 23 June 1834 CFA Warm morning. Instead of going to town, I decided upon going to Quincy. I rode round the ... 24 June 1834 CFA Morning warm but misty after which it cleared away. I went into town with Mr. Brooks. Time ... 25 June 1834 CFA I remained very quietly fixed at home today. Passed my morning which went off very rapidly ... 26 June 1834 CFA Weather warm but pleasant. There was a thunder shower in the afternoon. I went to town ... 27 June 1834 CFA A cool but very pleasant day with the wind from the Northwest. I accompanied Mr. Brooks to ... 28 June 1834 CFA Pleasant morning but it clouded up afterwards. I went to the Office after carrying Mr. ... 29 June 1834 CFA Cloudy with a fine rain. I continue my shower baths in the morning begun in warm weather but ... 30 June 1834 CFA Cold, cloudy morning. I accompanied Mr. Brooks to town and passed my whole morning very ...

[July 1834]

1 July 1834 CFA A cloudy, cool morning. We have as yet had no summer. I went to town alone. And was very ... 2 July 1834 CFA Morning rain so that I omitted my shower bath. Not however without regret as it was sultry. ... 3 July 1834 CFA Morning cloudy with a little drizzle. I accompanied Mr. Brooks to town and went to the ... 4 July 1834 CFA This being the great Anniversary of the Nation I should have preferred to have remained ... 5 July 1834 CFA Morning pleasant but warm. I went to the Office and from thence after doing some business ... 6 July 1834 CFA Morning at home. The weather exceedingly warm. I spent much time in reading the Ghost Seer, ... 7 July 1834 CFA Cloudy but very warm with a thunder shower in the middle of the day which did not cool the ... 8 July 1834 CFA This is the first case of decided and extreme summer hear. I should not have gone to town ... 9 July 1834 CFA The perfect calm which prevailed until eleven o’clock seemed to me the most forcible example ... 10 July 1834 CFA Very warm day although not quite so oppressive as it had been from the presence of some ... 11 July 1834 CFA Morning cloudy and much more cool. I went to town with the idea of going to Quincy to meet ... 12 July 1834 CFA A cool day. I went to town with Mr. Brooks. At Office, where I was engaged with one or two ... 13 July 1834 CFA A cool, cloudy day. I read German in the morning and attended divine service where I heard ... 14 July 1834 CFA Misty and damp but it cleared away very warm by evening. I went to town with Mr. Brooks and ... 15 July 1834 CFA Morning pleasant but very warm. I went to town alone, and finding that my father had really ... 16 July 1834 CFA A very warm day with light showers morning and evening. I was engaged to go to town, but as ... 17 July 1834 CFA Morning to town with Mr. Brooks. The day was as warm as any we have had and it seemed to me ... 18 July 1834 CFA A change in the Weather and much cooler. I went to town with my father in the Carriage. Time ... 19 July 1834 CFA Morning cool and pleasant. I went to town with Mr. Brooks. Office where I passed my time ... 20 July 1834 CFA Another very cool but clear day. So sudden are the changes of our atmosphere that it was now ... 21 July 1834 CFA I started for town alone this morning. Passed my time at the Office very quietly with the ... 22 July 1834 CFA I read a little of Goethe’s Werter this morning before starting for town. My father’s lonely ... 23 July 1834 CFA The weather is now very steadily cool and pleasant with cloudless days. I accompanied Mr. ... 24 July 1834 CFA The day being cool and pleasant I thought I would stay at home. Accordingly I spent the ... 25 July 1834 CFA It was quite warm again today. I went to town. Found a letter from my father for me ... 26 July 1834 CFA An excessively hot day. After despatching my business, I returned to town. These visits are ... 27 July 1834 CFA Another hot day. I passed the morning reading Puckler Muskau whose Style amuses me very much.... 28 July 1834 CFA The morning was cool and clouds came up from the Eastward which soon produced a strong ... 29 July 1834 CFA Another cool morning. I remained here doubtful about returning in the afternoon when a heavy ... 30 July 1834 CFA Fine day. I arose and immediately after breakfast returned to Boston. Passed my morning very ... 31 July 1834 CFA I came into town with Mr. Brooks and found my father at the Office when I got there. He had ...

[August 1834]

1 August 1834 CFA I returned to town this morning and found Wilson with the Carriage there. He had come in ... 2 August 1834 CFA Pleasant morning. I went to town accompanied by Mr. Brooks. Received a letter from my father ... 3 August 1834 CFA Morning hazy with a warm day. I amused myself reading German for some time. I find I make ... 4 August 1834 CFA Morning pleasant. I went to town alone. At the Office where I was occupied in my usual ... 5 August 1834 CFA A warm morning. I remained at Quincy throughout the day and passed it in uncommon indolence. ... 6 August 1834 CFA A succession of clear, warm days. I went to town after a not very early breakfast. Office ... 7 August 1834 CFA A very warm day. Perhaps as oppressive as any which we have had. I went to town with Mr. ... 8 August 1834 CFA The weather changed from warm to cool in the course of the night. I went to town accompanied ... 9 August 1834 CFA Cool morning. I went to town in my own way, Mr. Brooks being about to dine abroad to day. ... 10 August 1834 CFA Pleasant morning. I went to Meeting all day and during the remainder of it occupied myself ... 11 August 1834 CFA Morning warm after the east wind was over. There were clouds which threatened rain but they ... 12 August 1834 CFA The weather was so warm I concluded to postpone my departure until Afternoon. My morning was ... 13 August 1834 CFA My child is this day three years old. May God bless her and preserve her. I returned to town ... 14 August 1834 CFA I went to Boston this morning in my own way, and passed by the blackened walls which are all ... 15 August 1834 CFA I remained at home today and passed much of my time in making a rough draught of what I ... 16 August 1834 CFA Morning cloudy but it afterwards grew warm. I went to town and was occupied for considerable ... 17 August 1834 CFA Pleasant day. I read a good deal of German. La Fontaine’s style is so easy and his stories ... 18 August 1834 CFA I am this day twenty seven years old. My youth may now be said to be complete. I have ... 19 August 1834 CFA I went into town this morning accompanied by Walter Hellen. My time was very much taken up ... 20 August 1834 CFA The rain fell heavily almost all day with a cold north east wind. I remained quietly at ... 21 August 1834 CFA A North Easterly mist still so that I thought I would remain at home. My father nevertheless ... 22 August 1834 CFA Morning warm. I went to town. Morning consumed in making up the Arrears of my Diary and in ... 23 August 1834 CFA My father wanted a long report of his upon the affairs of Harvard University copied today so ... 24 August 1834 CFA Morning warm but we had a thunder storm in the evening. I read German in order to keep up my ... 25 August 1834 CFA My father accompanied me to town this morning being engaged with the business of the College.... 26 August 1834 CFA Fine day. My time was consumed in reading German, until my Mother was ready to go to Boston ... 27 August 1834 CFA Having agreed to go with Walter to Commencement today we arose and started betimes. I ... 28 August 1834 CFA I remained at home all day—My father going to Cambridge to the exercises of the ΦBK. My day ... 29 August 1834 CFA Arose early and set off with Walter Hellen for Boston so as to be in time for the boat which ... 30 August 1834 CFA This was the day fixed for the termination of our visit at Quincy and return to Medford. I ... 31 August 1834 CFA I resumed my shower baths this morning although the passage of the season makes it much more ...

[September 1834]

1 September 1834 CFA The morning looked dark and threatening. Nevertheless I went to town. My time partly taken ... 2 September 1834 CFA It rained in the morning and the weather looked threatening all day. I sat quietly at home ... 3 September 1834 CFA A lovely morning after the rain. I went to town and upon arriving received an invitation to ... 4 September 1834 CFA A fine day but exceedingly warm. I accompanied Mr. Brooks to town. My first business was to ... 5 September 1834 CFA A warm hot cloudy day with a southerly wind and rain. I went to town in the Carriage with Mr.... 6 September 1834 CFA This being the day fixed for the delivery of the Eulogy of La Fayette by Mr. Everett, Mr. ... 7 September 1834 CFA The day was cloudy with so much rain that in the afternoon Mr. Brooks did not attend Church. ... 8 September 1834 CFA I went to town this morning alone. Nothing material. Busy all the morning in making up ... 9 September 1834 CFA This being a sultry morning and my child suffering severely from an attack of Cholera Morbus ... 10 September 1834 CFA Cool and clear. A fine day. The Child had a very uneasy night but seemed on the whole to be ... 11 September 1834 CFA A cold morning but fine weather. My Mother suffered much from a restless night and coughing ... 12 September 1834 CFA I accompanied Mr. Brooks to town this morning. Passed my time very busily at the Office in ... 13 September 1834 CFA Cool morning with probably a slight frost. I persevere in taking the shower bath although it ... 14 September 1834 CFA Fine day. I passed the morning in reading German. Attended divine service and heard a young ... 15 September 1834 CFA Fine day. The air milder than it has been. I went to Boston alone. My time partly wasted, ... 16 September 1834 CFA My Mother was still very ill and I recommended the sending for Dr. Holbrook as consulting ... 17 September 1834 CFA Fine morning. Instead of going to town I went with my Wife and Walter to Mount Auburn in ... 18 September 1834 CFA Cloudy and slight showers of rain. I went to town accompanied by Walter. But I had little ... 19 September 1834 CFA I remained at Quincy until four or five o’clock. My time was not passed very usefully and ... 20 September 1834 CFA Morning to town with my Wife and Mr. Brooks in the Carriage. My first business was to call ... 21 September 1834 CFA Our weather for several days past has been charming, uniting the ingredients of a pleasant ... 22 September 1834 CFA Fine day. I went this morning to town. My boy is this day one year old. I always think of ... 23 September 1834 CFA I left Quincy this morning finding my Mother much the same. In Boston engaged constantly in ... 24 September 1834 CFA Louisa looked so poorly this morning that I recommended to her Mother to act decisively with ... 25 September 1834 CFA A pleasant day. I continue my shower baths in the morning and as yet do not find them ... 26 September 1834 CFA It is very seldom now that I do not go to Boston, and it is exceedingly seldom that I find I ... 27 September 1834 CFA Fine day although we had a few clouds and slight showers. I went to town with Mr. Brooks, ... 28 September 1834 CFA I arose this morning feeling extremely unwell, and omitted my usual bath. By starvation ... 29 September 1834 CFA A cool morning but a beautifully clear one. We were again in some anxiety respecting our ... 30 September 1834 CFA A cold morning. I remained at Quincy today. Most of my time spent with my Mother who was ...

[October 1834]

1 October 1834 CFA I did not mention Walter Hellen’s leaving us yesterday morning as he only started for Boston.... 2 October 1834 CFA Cloudy and with a high Southerly wind but exceedingly warm. I went into town with Mr. Brooks.... 3 October 1834 CFA A beautiful day. I went to town accompanied by Mr. Brooks. Office where I was engaged with ... 4 October 1834 CFA Morning cloudy with a Southerly wind which brought a storm of rain before night. I went to ... 5 October 1834 CFA The weather changed to cold with a high North westerly wind. I passed the morning in reading ... 6 October 1834 CFA This was one of the most beautiful days I ever remember in our climate. The air was pure and ... 7 October 1834 CFA A pleasant morning although it clouded in the course of the day. I returned to town this ... 8 October 1834 CFA Another fine day although it clouded up before evening. I went with Mr. Brooks into town, ... 9 October 1834 CFA As Mr. Brooks was to dine out, we had fixed upon this day for my Wife to ride with me to see ... 10 October 1834 CFA Morning clear with a high wind form the North West. I went to town accompanying Mr. Brooks. ... 11 October 1834 CFA A cold clear morning. I took a shower bath but it is so cold that I believe after this I ... 12 October 1834 CFA Mild autumn day. I passed my morning reading German. Attended divine service and heard Mr. ... 13 October 1834 CFA Mild morning, but it clouded up to rain in the latter part of the day. I went into Boston ... 14 October 1834 CFA The morning was cold, cloudy and with a little snow, but as the wind promised a clear day I ... 15 October 1834 CFA I arose very early this morning and went down to fish for smelts. The air was sharp and I ... 16 October 1834 CFA As my Wife was going to town in the Carriage, Mr. Brooks and I accompanied her. Morning ... 17 October 1834 CFA Mild but cloudy. I felt quite unwell this morning but it afterwards passed off. Rode into ... 18 October 1834 CFA A very beautiful day such as we rarely have so late in the Season as this. I went to Boston ... 19 October 1834 CFA I spent most of this day in the company of either my father or mother. The former was making ... 20 October 1834 CFA I left Medford this morning in a very heavy rain which did not appear encouraging to my ... 21 October 1834 CFA A beautiful morning with a fine North west breeze. I think my father must have had a ... 22 October 1834 CFA A southerly wind blew up a great quantity of clouds but it did not rain. I went to the ... 23 October 1834 CFA I left Medford this morning for the purpose of taking up my residence generally at Quincy ... 24 October 1834 CFA A fine cold morning. I went to town and to the Office, from thence to the House where I ... 25 October 1834 CFA A fine day but quite cold. I went into town in the morning and was busy most of my time in ... 26 October 1834 CFA I cannot go through a detailed Account of this day. Stormy as it was, the confusion of the ... 27 October 1834 CFA The Storm howled through the night, but the morning was fair and bright and Autumnlike. ... 28 October 1834 CFA I left Medford this morning in the Carriage with my Wife and Mr. Brooks. My morning was too ... 29 October 1834 CFA I went to town with the design of doing a great deal. But I was so much deranged by the ... 30 October 1834 CFA Nothing but the power of habit keeps up my fancy for Journalizing. For I have now little ... 31 October 1834 CFA I had intended going over with my Wife and children to Quincy this morning, but after ...