Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 4

Monday. 25th.

Wednesday. 27th.

Tuesday 26th. CFA


Tuesday 26th. CFA
Tuesday 26th.

Fine day. I concluded to remain very quietly at home as it was likely 320to be warm. I returned to the study of Thucydides which my late work had put a stop to. Continued the first book but I find I must not wear out my patience upon him as it only serves to retard my progress from understanding him less.

I attempted to do a little also towards methodizing rather more the Papers of my Grandfather. I came across many very curious and interesting letters in the process. It is much to be wished that these were put into a condition more likely to be durable. Yet my father’s inclinations and occupations lead him in any direction rather than in this.

Took a bath. The water was cold. I find this to be occasioned by the comparative state of the atmosphere. Afternoon, occupied in reading Seneca’s third book upon anger. A world of good advice upon the means of checking it. Took a ride with my Wife and quiet evening. My brother’s child being quite sick creates some uneasiness.1 Otherwise pretty comfortable.


Since arriving at Quincy with her grandmother and during the whole of her stay there Mary Louisa suffered from a painful and stubborn rash and swelling that was particularly acute in the area of the eyes. LCA wrote twice or three times a week to JA2 or Mrs. JA2 throughout the summer providing details on the illness (letters in Adams Papers; see also entry for 4 July, below).