Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 4

Thursday. 19th.

Saturday 21st.

Friday. 20th. CFA


Friday. 20th. CFA
Friday. 20th.

The morning opened with a heavy thunder shower which prevented my being able to go to town immediately, but at ten o’clock it seemed to hold up and my father being desirous to go, I decided upon starting. The intermediate time I employed in beginning the operation of assorting the Papers of my Grandfather for which purpose I came out more especially to Quincy.1


Arrived in town we were here for so short a time that I was unable to do any thing very particular. Mr. Hayford called upon me to be paid for his work as a Mason on my Father’s Estate.2 He satisfies me better than any of my Men. His work is good and his prices are reasonable.

After waiting some time I at last found my Father and we proceeded together home. The weather cleared and it became a very fine afternoon. I read a part of the Oration for Balbus which is not so interesting, the point turning upon the construction of law. There is a high encomium upon Pompey in it, which I think he did not deserve.

This business of my grandfather’s papers I foresee will prove a laborious business and I do not wonder that my father has avoided it. Evening T. B. Adams Jr. down here and spent the Evening. Afterwards, I read two Spectators.


Although CFA had from time to time dipped into JA’s papers (see vol. 3:103), this marked the effective beginning of the editorial labors that were to occupy him for so many years. It is clear that initially his purpose was to stimulate his father to prosecute the work.


William Hayford, mason, of 11 Bridge Street ( Boston Directory, 1831–1832).