Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 4

Wednesday. 24th.

Friday. 26.

Thursday. 25. CFA


Thursday. 25. CFA
Thursday. 25.

Went to town accompanied by my father. His engagements were such as to require his presence in town at 1/2 past 9 o’clock which we just accomplished.1 I went to the House and upon several Commissions. Had visitors to see my father, Mr. Marston, and Mr. Degrand. I wasted my time.

My father engaged me to dine at Mr. J. H. Foster’s. This was somewhat against my will as I was not very fit to grace any other gentleman’s table with my unqualified Diet. But when a man has adopted 385a system, it is not worth while to put it all out for a mere inconvenience. I stuck it out, but it was a very unpleasant affair. Mr. Frothingham was the only invited guest besides ourselves. My father was remarkably animated in conversation so that on the whole we did better.

We started at a little before five o’clock and reached Quincy shortly after Sunset. The night was cold. I read Lingard.


JQA’s principal mission was to have his newly drawn will (see above, entry for 28 July) witnessed by James H. Foster, Edward Cruft, and Col. Josiah Quincy (JQA, Diary, 25 Oct.).