Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 4

Sunday. 16th.

Tuesday. 18th.

364 Monday. 17th. CFA


Monday. 17th. CFA
Monday. 17th.

Fine morning. I went to town. Engaged in a few Commissions, and among the rest called at the Athenaeum. Obtained there Mr. Vigne’s, a young English lawyer’s, six months tour in the United States,1 and read it almost through in the morning. But one visitor, Henry Brooks, whom I have not seen before since his return from Europe. He is a good deal altered in appearance and manners, looks older and more settled if I may so call it. He staid but a few minutes.

Returned to dinner. Afternoon engaged in copying a Letter or two of the Arrears which have been occasioned by waiting for a new book.2 This broke up so much of the time that I devoted the rest to pasting in Papers in his JQA’s books. Short evening. Read Dr. Granville.


Godfrey T. Vigne (of Lincoln’s Inn), Six Months in America, 2 vols., London, 1832.


That is, a new letterbook for JQA (now numbered Lb/JQA/27, containing copies of JQA’s letters from 12 Sept. 1832 to 12 March 1834, Adams Papers, Microfilms, Reel No. 151). Following a long letter dated 12 Sept. in ABA’s hand are four letters dated 14–17 Sept. in CFA’s hand. For the remainder of their stay at the Old House ABA and CFA between them performed the duty of amanuensis for JQA.