Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 4

Sunday. 2.

Tuesday. 4th.

Monday. 3d. CFA


Monday. 3d. CFA
Monday. 3d.

Cloudy, rainy and warm morning — The snow and ice disappearing nearly as fast as it came. I went to the office and was occupied nearly all my time in Accounts and writing up the long Diary minute of yesterday. My time disappears with rapidity and I find I improve it little more than I used to. My general occupation however is of such a kind that I ought not to reprove or trouble myself particularly about it. Took a walk with Mr. Peabody notwithstanding the Rain and returned home early. We found a letter from my Mother in much improved spirits.1

Afternoon, busy reading over the whole of the materials I am working upon and I found them of great use. But it will be necessary 412to write over No. 5 and 6—A labour I might easily spare and which I do not know why I assume.

Evening quiet at home—Reading Malvina and the life of Mrs. Darner, Sculptress.2 Afterwards I stopped my German, for the sake of examining the Antimasonry.


Letter missing.


CFA here, or a few days earlier (above, entry for 30 Nov., note), began to supplement his reading of biographies of painters (entries for 10 and 25 Nov., above) with the lives of British sculptors which were contained in the 3d volume of Cunningham’s Lives of ... Painters and Sculptors: Mrs. Anne Damer, John Bacon, Louis Francis Roubiliac, Thomas Banks, and John Flaxman.