Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 7

Thursday Septr. 1.

Saturday 3d.

Friday 2d. CFA Friday 2d. CFA
Friday 2d.

Pleasant day. My two numbers written for political effect appeared yesterday and today.1 That of this morning seems to me pretty good. I remained at home and read a part of the twenty seventh book of Livy which continues to interest as at first. I also wrote pretty steadily at a third number. I also devote a short time to my daughter Louisa who makes some little progress in her reading, and to my Wife who has resumed reading French. Thus there is no great leisure for me in my home days and the work upon the MS goes on very slowly.

Afternoon, a visit from the daughters of James H. Foster2 for half an hour and then over the Hills to meet Mr. Dutton, the foreman of Mr. Colburn on his ledge, who has made an application for another on his own account. The whole afternoon was spent in making the agreement, and after talking over the whole matter and looking over the ground we came to terms a little in advance of Colburn’s. He is to go right on and I am to draw up his Lease for five years. I am disposed in all these cases to a pretty liberal policy as I wish to get it first established that there are ledges here which can be worked. This point once gained, their nearness will very much recommend them. I think the tract of land upon which the stone is here to be found is as yet but poorly explored. There are many quarries even upon the single piece now in question.

Returned home, crossing over the fields, and after tea walked to Mrs. Adams’ where my Wife and Mary had taken tea, from thence they went with Elizabeth C. Adams to see Mr. and Mrs. Lunt. I had felt the progress of a headach all day but as it grew later it increased in violence until I was obliged to ask my Wife to cut short her visit and return home. The night was cold and clear. I went very shortly to bed and thus escaped the sickness which is the usual termination of these things with me.


“To the Unpledged Voters, No. 1,” signed “One of the People,” appeared in the Boston Daily Advocate on 1 Sept., p. 2, cols. 1–2; “No. 2,” on 2 Sept., occu-85pied the same space. The articles took a pro-Van Buren stance.


Mrs. James Hiller Foster, the former Elizabeth Smith, was a niece of AA; Mr. Foster assumed the guardianship of TBA’s children after his death; see vol. 6:259. The Foster daughters were Elizabeth, Louisa, and Mary.