Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 2

Wednesday. 7th.

Friday 9th.

Thursday. 8th. CFA


Thursday. 8th. CFA
Thursday. 8th.

The day of the hero’s glory1 came in Clouds and rain. We had not so much noise and stuff this year. All is obtained. I wrote a long letter to my Father which occupied me all the morning, in a very interesting manner. A hint or two at my private affairs.2 My spirits today were low, but not so unsustained as formerly. There seems now to exist a buoyancy which keeps them up astonishingly. For although I have abundant reason for apprehension of the future, and at times, I feel as if certainty was coming over me, it is not so distressing to my Nerves as it was last year. My religious feelings are still strong and my confidence unimpaired. Afternoon, Mr. Burke upon French Affairs. Mr. Clay on the Tariff. Heavy rain. Evening, reading aloud at home.


The anniversary of Jackson’s victory over the British at New Orleans in 1815.


After reporting the political news, CFA reminded his father that the quarterly installment of his allowance had not arrived, that he had had to pay fees upon being admitted to the bar, and that he needed certain essential law books. “It is not to be concealed that I have felt very deeply your reproaches last Summer,” he concluded, referring to their conversation of 22 August 1828. “Perhaps I am dependent upon your bounty, but it is the lot of children and if they neglect no means of becoming free as early as education makes it possible, it is not their fault that they remain so” (CFA to JQA, 8 Jan. 1829, LbC, Adams Papers).