Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 4

Wednesday. 13th.

Friday 15th.

Thursday. 14th. CFA


Thursday. 14th. CFA
Thursday. 14th.

The morning was fine and the air mild, so that we seemed about to be paid for the tempestuous weather of the preceding week. I pursued Aeschines as usual and then went to the Office where I was busy in reading Montesquieu Analysed. My attention was however not so fixed as I wished. This Author requires constant reflection. I resumed my Elements of Knowledge also.1 Went to the Athenaeum and from thence to Mr. Frothingham’s where I dined in company with Mr. Baury, a Clergyman of Mr. F’s acquaintance in Europe,2 where they were together.

Returned home and though feeling drowsy and stupid from the influence of the Spring, I accomplished some sections. Evening, began reading Parry’s Attempt to reach the North Pole, being the last of the series.3 It was a singular idea and deserved by its boldness to be successful. Finished Captain Ross’s Voyage, the results of which were unimportant and the authority has been destroyed. Spectator as usual.


That is, “Sayings of the Wise Men”; see vol. 3, entry for 25 Dec. 1830, and above, entry for 24 March.


Perhaps A. L. Baury, Episcopal minister of Newton ( Mass. Register, 1831).


Narrative of an Attempt to Reach the North Pole in Boats ... in 1827, London, 1828.