Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 2

August 1st. 1826.

7. August

2d. CFA


2d. CFA

Madame finally decided to go up the North River. We left New York in the morning, were all day getting to Newburgh, and after a dull passage, although much delighted by the scenery up the river, I was glad to reach Mr. De Wint’s.

It is needless to go over a regular history of the five following days. Mr. De W.’s is a country residence prettily situated at Fishkill but subject like all other country residences to much dullness.1 Madame was very unwell during her whole stay and I was in constant terror. Rides, Writing letters home and a visit to West Point constituted all our entertainment. This last happened on Saturday, we dined there, saw Robert Buchanan and the spot which is admirably adapted for the purpose to which it is put. I dined at Mr. Christie’s, a country neighbor of Mr. De W.’s. To say that it was stupid would not express my idea of it at all. I am spoiled by our luxury here at home.


The de Windt home was at Cedar Grove, Fishkill Landing (later Beacon) in Dutchess County, about 56 miles from New York. In D/CFA/1 further 72details of the visit are given. Mr. and Mrs. Albert Gallatin and Churchill C. Cambreleng attended Mr. Christie’s dinner on 3 August. LCA was unwell the next day. The visit to West Point occurred on 5 August, and on the following day a Mr. Heyet and a Miss van Wagenens, probably the sister of William Alexander van Wagenens who married AA’s great granddaughter Julia de Windt, called. See Adams Genealogy.