Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 7

Thursday. 9th.

Saturday. 11th.

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Friday. 10th.

A sort of a wet day but it finally cleared away. I went to the Office, first however, calling in to see some furniture imported from France which is to be sold tomorrow. From thence I went to Beal’s Ware-201house and after much discussion struck up a bargain for a parcel of his furniture for my proposed building at Quincy. Thus I found myself much shortened at the Office for time.

Mr. Gibson then came in for advice respecting the Articles which have appeared in the Advocate in reply, as well as those of the Post in attack. I told him my opinion of the injudicious character of the smaller articles which make personal quarrels with the Post. He admitted it and complained of the course of Mr. Paine. The gentleman has the characteristics of his family strongly marked and occasionally indulges in fits of temper which render him an imprudent person to head an establishment. He has given to the Post great opportunity for reply, which my original article was intended to shut him out from. However, after going over the ground very fully, I told Mr. Gibson I would furnish him an Article by five o’clock in the Afternoon. I went home and was busy writing until after four when I returned to the Office and finished a draft in reply. Mr. G. called very shortly after and I read it to him. He appeared satisfied with it and took it away with him to publish in the morning, but he was disposed to talk a great deal which kept me until nearly six in the evening.

Home to tea, and then to the Theatre. Miss Tree as Violante in the Wonder.1 I have never before seen her in this or the piece itself. It is one of the very broad style of pieces which women formerly were able to hazard upon the stage without risk of an explosion, but is not without considerable dramatic effect. Hield as Felix was tolerable. The other parts very feebly supported. Afterwards, the Ransom, only the first Act of which we remained to see. Home by ten. Moore.


The Wonder! A Woman Keeps a Secret, a comedy by Mrs. Susannah Centlivre (Odell, Annals N.Y. Stage , 1:123).