Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 4

Thursday. 24th.

Saturday. 26th.

Friday 25th. CFA


Friday 25th. CFA
Friday 25th.

Morning pleasant with a warm Wind. After reading Kotzebue for a sufficient time, I went to the Office as usual and was busy as usual with my regular work after which I read a portion of the “Bibliotheque de L’Homme Public” containing Maxims of Guicciardini which on the whole did not strike me, and a part of An Analysis of the State of 16France by Seigneur du Haillan.1 I was interrupted however by An Applicant for the Transfer of a Share in the Boylston Market, and by some other little bits of business of a trifling character yet seizing time. Took a walk.

After dinner I read the rest of the Oration for Rabirius which is but a fragment, and the first Oration against Catiline. It is a little remarkable that in the first of these two, Cicero contradicts the whole of his doctrine about a future state which he adopts in that for Cluentius. This would make it appear as if he suited his Opinions to the cases he argued, a principle which I cannot quite see the correctness of.

In the evening as Mrs. Dexter had sent in to ask us to spend the evening, My Wife and I feeling refusal to be impossible, paid her a visit. Judge Ward was there.2 She is a singular Woman, but not an unpleasant or an unkind one. Returned home to read Kotzebue and the Spectator.


Both the “Plusieurs advis et conseils” and “De l’état et succès des affaires de France” are in vol. 3. CFA’s comments accompany the text from Guicciardini.


Artemas Ward, chief judge of the Court of Common Pleas, was married to Samuel Dexter’s sister (Winsor, Memorial History of Boston , 2:555; Boston Directory, 1831–1832).