Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 4

Tuesday. 5th.

Thursday. 7th.

Wednesday. 6th. CFA


Wednesday. 6th. CFA
Wednesday. 6th.

Morning clear but cool. I passed an hour as usual in reading Aeschines. As I have already said so much about these, perhaps it will be as well in future to omit any particular mention of it. I then walked down to the South part of the City and obtained the Dividends due upon the various Stocks belonging to my Father &ca. This I continued in State Street and gleaned all that was receivable. It is a little remarkable that for the first time my expectations are pretty thoroughly fulfilled. I have no reason to complain of my own Investments. I was busy nearly all the rest of the morning drawing up my Accounts and so had very little leisure to do any thing else.

Miss Abby S. Adams sent for me about her Accounts and I went home where I paid her, the usual Interest and rather more than a third of her Principal.1 Then a short walk. Afternoon passed in continuing the Oration for P. Sylla. Each of his Orations after the Conspiracy, is full of his wonderful works, and was no doubt in some degree the cause of his subsequent difficulties as it disgusted many with his egotism. Yet he introduces the subject very naturally, especially in this Oration.

In the Evening I finished Parry’s second Voyage, and Hearne’s Journey. They make both of them links and important ones in the chain of testimony respecting the Northern Ocean. Two numbers as usual of the Spectator.


Abigail S. Adams’ receipt for $1,125 dated this day is in the Adams Papers.