Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 1

Monday. 12th.


41 Tuesday 13th. CFA


Tuesday 13th. CFA
Tuesday 13th.

Owing to the uninteresting speaker yesterday I omitted going to the Capitol today, but took a walk round the city, which appears to be considerably improving. Monsieur returned to his room to day much to my pleasure as we shall immediately begin to look natural. We took possession of John’s room again and I am in hopes very soon to get about my usual occupations.

In the evening, we were invited to Mrs. Calhoun’s and accordingly went. As the carriage was only able to hold four Mrs. Sullivan was asked to call and give us two seats and Mrs. Chancey1 one. So that Abby and myself went with the first and Mary with the last. Hardly had we arisen from dinner however before Mr. Sullivan called. None of us dressed as it was a most unseasonable hour; I had to hurry on my things however, and jump in, with the most disagreable haste imaginable. Abby was just ready and we went off. Not more than a dozen or so had collected and I had the most stupid half hour that mortal ever knew. At length the house being pretty full the back room was opened and I danced the first dance with Miss McKnight. Then with Miss Sperry, a young lady from Philadelphia, to whom I was introduced by Mr. Sullivan for the sake of acquaintance. She was rather a lively and pleasant girl, affording me considerable entertainment as it is only to the disagreable usually that such introductions are necessary. Sometimes though a case of this kind happens. She has no striking beauty but rather a pleasant countenance than otherwise, expressed herself delighted with Washington and sorry to leave it so soon Tomorrow. From her, I went to Miss Selden, for it was impossible to delay any longer, and after some very pleasant conversation in a room where a little air might be obtained, we took a place in the dance. She certainly is the most entertaining girl as an acquaintance that I meet with. She has also a number of attractions which it is hard for a common person to withstand. I found dancing generally however a pretty dull business tonight so I left it off. I asked Miss Cranch in compliment. Three great Indians were there, very handsome men, at least one is and the others had been. There was also a young squaw, who was matter of great diversion to Miss McKnight for whom she appeared to have taken a great fondness.

I returned early with Madame having no wish to go with Mr. Sullivan as it is his plan to go as late as he comes early. We laughed considerably at the meanness of the entertainment and that he had spread part of it under his bed curtains. (The bed being taken away.) John and Mary did not get home till quite late.


Presumably Mrs. Isaac Chauncey, the former Catharine Sickles, wife of the well-known naval officer ( DAB ).