Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 7

Wednesday 21st.

Friday. 23d.

Thursday. 22d. CFA


Thursday. 22d. CFA
Thursday. 22d.

Much colder than it has been but clear. I went to the Office and idled my time away a good deal. Mr. Walsh came in and talked over the matter of Davis’s paper and I told him my conclusion that I could have nothing to do with it. This is partly to save my own feelings for I 151know that he is so connected, my opinion can be but a stumbling block in his way.1 But I intimated to Walsh that I would write for it.

He had hardly gone when A. H. Everett came in and his conversation turned entirely in the same direction. We discussed the prospect of the Advocate and the Post. He is in favour of establishing a paper something like the Evening Post of New York. I told him I thought it would be a good plan but candidly confessed my opinion that it was not practicable.

Home. Livy. Afternoon, reading Tailor’s Statesman, and assorting Warren’s Letters. Evening at home. Conversation with my Wife about my depression of spirits. It was very great today. This is miserable weakness and I will set about repairing it. Wrote to my Mother.2


T. K. Davis’ connections were with Boston’s leading families. His mother, Susan Jackson Davis, was of the influential and widely connected Jackson clan; his father, Isaac P. Davis, though a longtime friend of JQA, was a wealthy Boston merchant. On neither side would CFA’s recent political alliance with the Antimasons and Democrats have been approved (vol. 3:146, 223–224; 5:25; 6:99–100, 370). Although the younger Davis and CFA each found much that was congenial in the thinking of the other, there is no indication in the Diary or elsewhere that Davis had joined CFA in his political activities of 1835 and 1836.


To LCA, 22 Dec., Adams Papers.