Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 4

Monday. 25th.

Wednesday. 27th.

Tuesday. 26th. CFA


Tuesday. 26th. CFA
Tuesday. 26th.

Morning fine with a clear cold air from the Eastward. This weather for such a succession of days has put the Country and the season back to its common place. I read a portion of the Oration for Ctesiphon with more ease than I had anticipated. Then to the Office where much time was wasted as usual in talking, and I accomplished only a little of my review of La Politique Naturelle. Nothing else material took place. Took a short walk and returned home to dine.

After dinner, as my Study was in a state of confusion from cleaning which it very much needed, I went to the Athenaeum, and sat down 36to a very deliberate examination of Mr. Gallatin’s Article upon the subject of the Bank.1 It is a very elaborate performance and so long that nearly three hours of reading did not complete it. I was therefore obliged to reserve the balance for another opportunity.

Returned home calling by the way at the Post Office, where I received a letter from my Father dated Baltimore, and informing me of his progress.2 He says he shall reach Quincy tomorrow but I doubt it. Evening. Read to my Wife a part of Moore’s Byron, and afterwards continued Captn. Franklin—and the Spectator.


“Banks and Currency,” American Quarterly Review, 8:441–528 (Dec. 1830).


22 April (Adams Papers). LCA, accompanied by her granddaughter Mary Louisa, Mrs. Nowlan, and Mrs. Pitts, and driven by John Kirk, had departed from Washington on the 20th. JQA had followed by stage on the 21st. The journey to Philadelphia was to be resumed on the 23d. Their plan was to reach New York on the 25th.