Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 4

Tuesday. 29th.

December 1831. Thursday. 1st.

Wednesday 30th. CFA


Wednesday 30th. CFA
Wednesday 30th.

A considerable part of my Morning was consumed at Market. And for the season of Thanksgiving I do not think that the display I saw today was very great. For some years past I have thought it advisable to go down and see the sport, but have never before been much in the humour of buying. Today I got quite into the spirit of it.

Returned to my Office and was busy as I generally am. Finished the Life of Sheridan which is a miserable concern in its close. I don’t mean Mr. Moore’s book. It has affected me a good deal. Mr. John Angier called about J. Q. Adams Jr. and I had a conversation with him in which I spoke freely about the prospects of his Wife’s family. This took so much time that I went home directly.

Afternoon spent partially in reading Cicero and partly in some little occupations to guard against the cold which is now coming upon us. Quiet evening at home. I read to my Wife a little of the Bible and to myself the Review of Mr. Moore’s book in the Quarterly, which is bitter enough. But there is some ground for it.1 I afterwards sat down and wrote half a letter to my Father in answer to his. And closed the day with the Spectator.


The review of Thomas Moore’s Memoirs of ... Sheridan was that in the Quarterly Review, 33:561–593 (March 1826).