Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 2

Sunday 20th.

Tuesday. 22d.

Monday 21st. CFA


Monday 21st. CFA
Monday 21st.

Returned to Boston with Mr. Brooks. The weather began to grow cold. Arrived early and found a letter from my father which was very pleasant. Passed the morning without doing much. Looked over a Chapter of Blackstone and examined the American Law in relation to native allegiance, but did not find any thing satisfactory. Copied Judge Howe’s Lecture, who by the way died to day in this City. The weather turned cold but I, in pursuance of an agreement made with Richardson, commenced a practice of evening walking. This was a pretty severe trial for a beginning. The night was colder than any we have yet had. Attended the Moot Court and heard a pleasant debate between Emerson and Dorr for there was not much legal acquirement in it.1 After this I went home and read Middleton and was otherwise busy until quite late. The cold was so severe as to affect me even in bed.


The debate concerned whether “during Coverture a husband receiving property by his wife shall be liable to pay for the support of her parents who have become paupers since her marriage” (CFA, Law Miscellanies, M/CFA/17, Adams Papers, Microfilms, Reel 311). Edward Bliss Emerson was one of the attorneys; his opponent was either Ebenezer Ritchie Dorr or William B. Dorr ( Mass. Register, 1829, p. 41).