Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 4

Friday. 12th.

Sunday. 14th.

Saturday. 13th. CFA


Saturday. 13th. CFA
Saturday. 13th.

Mild and pleasant day. Miss Julia Gorham accompanied me to town today. She returns home much to the regret, I believe, of all the family.1 The company of young ladies always contributes much to enliven a House, when they are not bent upon doing mischief. My principal occupation in town was to go to the House and see that every thing was in order there, to attend to several commissions and regulate Accounts. Henry Brooks called to see me a few minutes, and I conversed with Mr. Peabody upon political affairs. The proceedings of the Worcester Convention are to me very singular. The nomination of such a man as S. T. Armstrong for the place of Lieutenant Governor is a political catch like that of Wells last year, for the Mayor’s situation.2 The political news received this day from Pennsylvania is encouraging.3


Returned to Quincy, and read in the Afternoon the rest of the reign of Edward the first in Lingard which I afterwards compared with Hume. The material variations consist in the account of the course of the Clergy in resisting the exactions of the Crown, and in the accounts of the Scotch and Welsh conquests. I am inclined to think Lingard’s, the nearest to the truth. Evening, read an Article in the North American Review upon Mackintosh which I thought good.4


JQA found Julia Gorham “a very amiable and intelligent young woman” (Diary, 13 Oct.).


On the 12th at the state National Republican convention in Worcester, Levi Lincoln was renominated as the candidate for governor and Samuel Turrell Armstrong of Boston was nominated for the lieutenant-governorship in place of Thomas L. Winthrop, who had declined to run again. Report of the nominations was not carried in the Boston Daily Advertiser & Patriot until the 15th (p. 2, col. 2). On Charles Wells, currently the mayor of Boston, and on his election in 1831 see above, entry for 15 Dec. 1831, and Winsor, Memorial History of Boston , 3:236. Armstrong was to become mayor in 1835 (same, 3:243).


Returns in from Philadelphia city and county and Delaware county in the election for governor of Pennsylvania held on the 9th showed majorities for the anti-Jackson candidate (Boston Daily Advertiser & Patriot, 13 Oct., p. 2, col. 6).


A review (unsigned) by A. H. Everett, of Sir James Mackintosh’s A General View of the Progress of Ethical Philosophy, North Amer. Rev. , 35:433–472 (Oct. 1832).