Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 4

Wednesday. 16th.

Friday. 18th.

Thursday. 17th. CFA


Thursday. 17th. CFA
Thursday. 17th.

Morning clear and pleasant. Went to the Office as usual and occupied myself in continuing the Debates in the Virginia Convention. Read the Speeches of Messrs. Madison, Lee and Nicholas,1 which all of them confirmed me in my former opinions. Some of my time was also taken up in money matters and in writing my regular Diary. Also a short time at the Athenaeum, and a walk.

Afternoon. Read the rest of the third book de Finibus containing an explanation of the Stoic or Doctrine of Zeno. Much of it is obscure and unintelligible, justifying the supposition of Cicero that the School was made to be a distinct School rather than from variance in doctrine. The vanity of the former Philosophers did more mischief to the intellectual character than their ingenuity reflected credit.

Continued Sir Joshua Reynolds’ Lectures and in the evening read the Life of George 4th to my Wife previous to our going to the Ball at Mrs. N. Appleton’s.2 It was an excessively crowded party, very much mixed from the necessity of the case, he being the Representative from this district in Congress. I did not enjoy myself much. Many of the People I did not know, others I did not have any opportunity of seeing as I wished. So that I was glad to get away. But they were both very brilliant affairs, these two balls, and I am glad I attended them though 180I cannot say I wish to be going again. Glad to get home and close by reading the Spectator.


Richard Henry Lee of Westmoreland, George and Wilson Nicholas, delegates to the 1788 ratifying convention.


The residence of the Nathan Appletons was at 39 Beacon Street ( Boston Directory, 1831–1832).