Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 4

Wednesday. 13th.

Friday. 15th.

314 Thursday. 14th. CFA


Thursday. 14th. CFA
Thursday. 14th.

Morning cloudy, but it cleared and became a very warm day. I went to Boston, accompanied by my Wife’s Nurse Mrs. Field who was sent in to perform Commissions.1 At the Office where I was busy in Accounts but the generality of my time went as usual with but very little account of it.

Called at Mr. Brooks’ room and at an Auction Room to see some Cut Glass. Found that the New England office again paid nothing, which cramps my father’s means here again. But there is a kind of compensation always going on. When other things failed, that Office paid very largely, now this has failed, the Middlesex Canal and Wood take it’s place. In the present condition of my father’s estate, it is nevertheless to be regretted as this is the critical period. If he does not succeed in disentangling himself from his embarrassments in the course of these two or three years I think he will struggle on in them to the end of his life.

Returned from town after seeing the great military parade which was making in the case of some Philadelphia Militia who have come here.2 All this is Vanity and Vexation of Spirit. Read Mr. Vaughan in the Afternoon. There is much in his book that I like. Quiet evening at home.


Mrs. Field, the new nurse for LCA2, was “somewhat ponderous” (entry for 18 Aug., below) and at first seemed to LCA “a non descript character ... neither a Lady nor a Servant so I do not know how we shall make out” (to Mrs. JA2, 29 May); further observation of her, however, brought approval as “a very clever good temper’d creature ... who gives herself no airs and we have a prospect of going on quietly and harmoniously (to same, 2 June; both letters in Adams Papers).


The City Guards under command of Capt. Kinsman received the State Fencibles of Philadelphia on the Neck and together paraded through Washington, State, Court, and Tremont streets to the Common (Boston Daily Advertiser & Patriot, 14 June, p. 2, col. 1).