Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 4

Thursday. 6th.

Saturday 8th.

Friday. 7th. CFA


Friday. 7th. CFA
Friday. 7th.

Fine morning. I felt better though not quite recovered from my sickness. Went to town in the Carriage with my Mother and Wife. Occupied in business at my Office—Looking over Accounts and making balances between my father and self. I also made a purchase of Mr. Degrand on my own Account, the whole of which transaction was completed today. Called at the Fire and Marine Ins. Office for the Dividends due which were on the whole rather better than for some time back,1 and generally I did much more business today than usual.

At one, I was reminded to go and meet the ladies at Mr. J. H. Foster’s where I found them, and we returned to Quincy. Afternoon, engaged in reading Seneca in whose fifth book De beneficiis I made much progress. Questions, how far a man can benefit himself and 359whether he can be grateful, whether there is such a thing as ingratitude by the definition of the Stoics, &ca. All which are mere turns of words and of exceeding small consequence in the moral system of the world. Had Seneca stopped this Treatise with the fourth book, I do not think much had been lost.

Miss E. C. Adams spent the afternoon and evening here. Mr. Beale, Mr. Gourgas and Mr. Beale coming in at eight o’clock.2


Dividends of $1.50 a share were paid, or double the amount paid for the preceding six months (M/CFA/3).


Thus in MS. CFA no doubt intended to write “Mr. Beale” and “Miss Beale” since Mr. Beale was accompanied by his daughter Anne (JQA, Diary, 7 Sept.).