Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 7

Thursday 31st.

September 1837. Friday. 1st.

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No. 10. Diary 1 September 1837 31 December 1838.1

καί μοι μάλα πολλ᾽ ἐπέτελλεν, Αἰεν ἀριστεύειν, καὶ ὑπείροχον ἔμμεναι ἄλλων, Μηδὲ γένος πατέρων αἰσχυνέμεν.


Much counsell’d me, and gave me thus in charge: “Yield place to none. When glory is the prize Be foremost ever. Tremble to disgrace Thy brave progenitors.”


By his instructions learn to win renown, To stand the first in worth as in command, To add new honours to my native land, 307 Before my eyes my mighty sires to place, And emulate the glories of our race.



Titlepage of D/CFA/12 (Adams Papers, Microfilms, Reel No. 64), which begins where D/CFA/11 ends and in which are contained all the journal entries CFA made between the terminal dates indicated here. An explanation of the discrepancy between CFA’s numbering of his Diary volumes and the Adams Papers serial numbering is given at vol. 1:xxxviii–xl. For a description of this Diary MS and of the other MSS from which the printed text of vols. 7 and 8 of the present edition is derived, see the Introduction.


Iliad, 6:207–209. In addition to the six Greek texts owned by JA and JQA cited at vol. 4:307, CFA had acquired C. G. Heyne’s 1802 Leipzig edition of Wolf’s Greek text sometime after 1820; in that edition the lines quoted here, and only those lines, are underscored. Editions of the Pope translation at MQA are cited at vol. 4:186. Also at MQA are Cowper’s Iliad, 2 vols., London, 1809, and his Works (including his translations), 15 vols., London, 1836.