Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 2

Monday. December 4th.

Wednesday. 6th.

Tuesday. 5th.<a xmlns="http://www.tei-c.org/ns/1.0" href="#DCA02d518n1" class="note" id="DCA02d518n1a">1</a> CFA


Tuesday. 5th. CFA
Tuesday. 5th.1

The President’s message went in today. It is not so very powerful a one as that last session, but well adapted to the present state of affairs, as it gives no hold to the enemies of the government.2


CFA read Edmund Spenser’s Faerie Queene in the morning and played cards with his family in the evening (D/CFA/1). JA’s copy of Spenser, 2 vols., London, 1758, is among his books in the Boston Public Library ( Catalogue of JA’s Library , p. 234).


JQA’s second annual message of 5 December 1826 merely reviewed the current state of public affairs and the actions taken by the administration to execute the laws. The President made no new proposals but referred the Congress to suggestions offered in his first message. See Richardson, ed., Messages and Papers , 2:350–364 and entry for 6 Dec. 1825, above.