Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 4

Tuesday. 12th.

Thursday. 14th.

Wednesday. 13th. CFA


Wednesday. 13th. CFA
Wednesday. 13th.

Morning clear and pleasant. I went to the Office after riding into town as customary. My time was taken up in the ordinary way, writing my Diary, and in reading a portion of Puffendorf as abridged in the Bibliotheque d’ un Homme Public.1 But I felt disposed to conversation so I went to make a visit to my old acquaintance T. Davis. Found him alone and had quite a pleasant discourse of an hour and a half. So that I left myself little time remaining. Called to see Mr. Brooks but found him engaged so that I returned directly from town.


Afternoon quietly at home although I must plead guilty to doing very little. My present unsettled state here is the cause of this, and as usual I am forming great plans of study for my return which may or may not be accomplished as it pleases God. One thing however is certain, that only at home can I pursue any thing with that thoroughness which alone gives me any Kind of satisfaction. My Wife was not very well all day. I returned to their places my Grandfathers papers, and read in a very desultory manner from several books. Evening, the family went up to the Judge’s to take Tea and I to pass an hour. Returned with my father but he was very silent. Read Grimm and the Spectator.


The abridgement of “Le droit de la nature et des gens” appears in vol. 10.