Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 4

Friday. 27th.

Sunday. 29th.

Saturday. 28th. CFA


Saturday. 28th. CFA
Saturday. 28th.

Fine day. I went to town, and my time was entirely taken up all the morning. I had visits at my Office from T. K. Davis, Mr. S. Angier, and the new Tenant, Mr. W. G. Ladd. They consumed much time. After which I was engaged in some Commissions and in attending a meeting of the Suffolk bar. E. G. Prescott and R. S. Fay apply to be admitted as Counsellors. I might as well apply myself.1 The facts were to be stated to the Court. Returned to Quincy quite late in consequence.


Afternoon, instead of my usual occupations, I was engaged in copying out a Will for a man in Quincy who came and asked it as a favour of my father.2 It took me until late, when I walked with my Wife to see Mrs. T. B. Adams. Mrs. Angier there, still unwell.


Richard Sullivan Fay and Edward Goldsborough Prescott were CFA’s classmates at Harvard (vol. 1:120, 397–398). Fay was associated in the practice of law with another classmate, Jonathan Chapman Jr. ( Boston Directory, 1832–1833).


CFA drew up the will of Oliver Billings according to JQA’s directions, and he and ABA witnessed Billings’ execution of it (JQA, Diary, 28 July). As cases of cholera became more numerous the making of wills and the disposition of property began to absorb more and more persons. JQA began to work on his will on 4 Aug., completing it in October (Diary, passim, and Adams Papers, Microfilms, Reel No. 203). LCA also recorded her wishes as to the disposition of her personal belongings (LCA to JA2, 20 Aug., Adams Papers).