Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 4

Thursday. 29th.

Saturday. October 1st.

Friday 30th. CFA


Friday 30th. CFA
Friday 30th.

Morning cool but fine weather. I remained quietly at home and finished the review of the first Philippic and of the first Olynthiac, but I want Reiske’s edition to make the study thorough. I do not think I ever saw a work more complete in itself than that edition of Reiske. As a model for editions to satisfy students it is deserving of imitation, though rather too heavy for very general use.1 I finished to day the numbers of the Federalist and have been on the whole very much benefitted by this examination of it. I now propose to read the Debates in the Conventions of the several States. They are curious enough.

Afternoon, began the letters to Atticus, but I thought that for exercise I would try to fish again, with yesterday’s success. Read Bacon’s Essay upon Fortune and in the evening went with the ladies to Mrs. Josiah Quincy’s. We found a few of the same set, and had a musical party. Miss Roberdeau and Mr. R. Apthorp2 making the substance of it. Returned at ten, myself walking, and finished by reading two numbers of the Spectator.


On John Jacob Reiske’s edition of Oratorum Graecorum, in which vols. 9–11 contain the Apparatus criticus ad Demosthenem, see above, vol. 3:245.


Robert Apthorp (LCA to CFA, 30 Oct., Adams Papers). He may be the person referred to at vol. 1:326 and there surmised to be George H. Apthorp.