Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 4

Friday. 2d.

Sunday. 4th.

Saturday. 3d. CFA


Saturday. 3d. CFA
Saturday. 3d.

Fine day. I went to the Office as usual and was occupied in making up Accounts after which I finished the sixth volume of Gibbon which closes the History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire in the West. A work in itself of immense labour and erudition. I admire it upon the whole. The disposition of the historian seems to have been warped by a sense of real injury done to virtue through the Agency of hypocrisy and fanaticism. He goes to one extreme from a dislike of the other. Attended a meeting of the Bar at one o’clock, and from thence went to the Athenaeum, so that I did not walk today.

Afternoon. Finished the Georgics and the story of Aristaeus which 253is considered as the greatest ornament. They are models for that species of composition, a sign of which is that all subsequent times have only imitated them.1 Quiet Evening at home. Read part of Goëthe’s Memoirs to my Wife.2


At the conclusion of the section devoted to the Georgics in the London, 1824, edition of Virgil’s Opera at MQA, CFA has written, “These books have never been equalled.”


An English translation was published at New York in 1824.