Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 7

Tuesday 9th.

Thursday. 11th.

Wednesday. 10th. CFA


Wednesday. 10th. CFA
Wednesday. 10th.

We had barely done breakfast when Mr. Spear and Mr. Humphrey were announced as having come on the surveying expedition. We went 68out accordingly and spent the morning in marking out the courses of the road. Starting from the gate somewhat east of the old mansion on the other side of the Street, we measured out a path twenty seven feet wide along the ridge of the hill to the end of the lot bounding upon land of Isaac Bass, and on the cross roads, meeting a road marked out by Mr. Savil and another upon the Hancock Lot. The first of these was also followed up to the bounds of the land on the South West. I see nothing impracticable in laying out the whole ground although I know of no probability of any very immediate call. The piece I measured turns out with slight alterations, eight rods wide by fifteen rods deep, making about three quarters of an acre. I had this staked accurately and the rest is all to be marked out upon the plan. Having finished here, my father crossed over to Penn’s hill where he wished a piece surveyed for a purchaser. This part of the town is thriving from the extent to which the business of boot making is carried—Another kind of industry quite as profitable as cutting stone. And land is here at the highest price. We were thus taken up until dinner time, and returned to the House not a little fatigued and sunburnt. In the afternoon, I continued my labour upon Diary, but found myself suffering slightly from head ach.