Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 4

Friday. 15th.

Sunday. 17th.

Saturday. 16th. CFA


Saturday. 16th. CFA
Saturday. 16th.

Cool in the morning but it became an exceedingly warm day. I remained at home, and on the whole applied myself pretty faithfully to reading Vaughan’s book, the first perusal of which I finished, also reading Hume’s Account of the Reign of James I.1 It certainly is pretty remarkable how he has varied from the truth in most important particulars. The influence of almost all of the English Historians has been thrown into the scale of high monarchy and the effect has certainly been considerable. But as it is the tendency of all misrepresentations to re-act when they are exposed, the final result may possibly be a tendency to the opposite popular extreme. From the aspect of affairs as they lately appear in England, there seems some ground to expect this pretty soon. The moderate popular party has been defeated. There seems only to be wanting a man of great character to hasten things to a crisis, involving the fate of King, Lords and Bishops. Evening, I drove my Wife out in my Gig. Mr. Beale afterwards spent an hour with us at home. It was so exceedingly warm I retired early.


David Hume’s History of England ... to 1688 is among JA’s books in the Boston Public Library in an edition in 8 vols., London, 1778 ( Catalogue of JA’s Library , p. 124). Now at MQA is an edition in 6 vols., Phila., 1795, with CFA’s bookplate; also an abridged edition, 2 vols., London, 1795, with JQA’s bookplate.