Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 4

Thursday. 10th.

Saturday. 12th.

Friday. 11th. CFA


Friday. 11th. CFA
Friday. 11th.

Morning fine. I went to the Office as usual. Received from my Father a bundle of Papers, being Powers of Attorney for himself and T. B. Adams Jr. to receive Money in the different Offices here.1 Also a letter from John with the welcome news of some Stores for us.2 After my common pursuits, I sat down and read the first part of Mr. Brougham’s Abstract of the Novum Organon of Bacon,3 and was much instructed by it. My capacity has improved, for this is clearly ascertained by the fact that three years ago I made an effort to read this and failed.

Went with Mr. Peabody to see the sales of Butter and other things under the Patronage of the N. E. Society but I made no purchases.4 Sent for to go out with some others of the family to Medford, so we went and reached there in time for dinner. Found Mr. Brooks at home a little unwell. Quite an uncommon thing for him. Spent the Afternoon as usual and returned home before dark. Evening, a visit from Edward Brooks and a short reading of Parry. Afterwards finished Dr. Valpy and read the Spectator.


Accompanying the papers was a letter, JQA to CFA, 6 March (Adams Papers).


Letter missing.


Lord Brougham’s Account of Lord Bacon’s Novum Organon Scientiarum was one of the publications of the Library of Useful Knowledge.


“Family butter” was sold at 12 o’clock at Quincy Hall along with machinery and household goods (Boston Daily Advertiser, 11 March, p. 3, col. 4).