Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 4

Wednesday. 4th.

Friday. 6th.

Thursday. 5th. CFA


Thursday. 5th. CFA
Thursday. 5th.

Morning clear with a very cold Wind for the Season from the North West. After reading a due portion of Demosthenes, I was busy in performing Commissions for a couple of hours, and thus my time went until I had little left even to begin my next number of Cimon. This was bad as the subject is difficult enough to require all my time. Little material took place and as my Wife had agreed to go to Medford this morning, I took a seat with Mr. Brooks. He talked a good deal about the railroad which is to go through his grounds.1

The table was large, Mr. and Mrs. Everett, Miss Phillips, Horatio, Mrs. Frothingham, Abby and myself. Little or nothing material took place. Mr. Everett, Mr. Brooks and I walked to the track of the Rail Road that is to be as he wished to see its probable course. On our return we found Mrs. Gray and her daughter. I was prodigiously sleepy after my walk and was therefore glad when the time came to return home. We reached Boston in time for Tea, and I read Grimm 42during a part of the Evening though excessively drowsy. Two Numbers of the Spectator.


That is, the Boston and Lowell, whose proposed route across Peter C. Brooks’ lands was north and west of Mystic Grove on the opposite side of Grove Street almost to the six-mile mark, at which point the tracks were to cross Grove Street and then continue closely parallel to the canal from the Partings. See a map of the proposed railroad in Medford Historical Register, 31:60 (Sept. 1928); also vol. 3, entries for 29 May, 12 Aug. 1830, and p. xviii there.