Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 7

Wednesday 12th.

Friday. 14th.

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Thursday. 13th.

As I had failed in going up to Mr. Dudley’s Ledge yesterday on account of the rain and as it was clear weather today, Mr. Spear called soon after breakfast and took me in his Waggon up to the Quarries. We waited some time for him and he finally arrived in season to show all he wanted. His first object is to compound for the damage he has done. His second to procure more land to cover with the refuse stone not saleable at the distance he is from navigation, and to widen and straiten his road down. There are difficulties about allowing to Dudley any more favours as he is so situated as to require our aid only in prosecuting work upon the land of others. I nevertheless consented to submit the whole question to an arbitration.

Called at Winkley’s Quarry to see him about some work to be done for me. I did not see him, but I saw one of the Lessees who seemed to be glad of the application. I rather incline to the opinion that these poor fellows have had very hard lines upon our Quarry. I saw the course of the new road which is already made in part and then returned home.

Went up the hill to my house where they are going on slowly. The cellar however begins to make an appearance and answers my expectation. Afternoon, called at the canal wharf to see about the delivery of some of the lumber which took place today. I think it was by misunderstanding but I could find no one at the wharf to explain. Home. In the evening, my Mother was suddenly taken sick so that we had a comfortless time.