Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 7

Tuesday 31st.

Thursday 2d.

Wednesday. November 1st. CFA Wednesday. November 1st. CFA
Wednesday. November 1st.

There is always something slightly disagreeable in moving from place to place, an alteration of habits and a missing of usual occupations. But what I feel more in my change is that I come to a place which is almost a void to my imagination.

I went to the Office and was very busy in getting through some of the work which has begun to load my hands. Filed papers and arranged my books. At one o’clock I started for Quincy which I reached to dinner. Found my Mother better, and the Dr. gives encouraging accounts. After dinner I went up the hill and also round to see the progress of the work at last commenced upon the barns. Then in to revise my Lecture.

After tea I went to the hall, this being the evening fixed for a continuation. The room was much more filled than on the preceding evening. I was about as long in my delivery of this as in reading it, and I think a shade less successful, so that my judgment was perhaps after all more correct than that of the ladies. Yet on the whole I have great cause to congratulate myself upon the result.1 My principle of action is to do my best without forcing myself into situations without credit, which might yet make me more notorious.

Returned home in company with Price Greenleaf who told me I was quite popular and that there was much talk of electing me to the General Court notwithstanding the question of my eligibility. I have heard of this from other sources, and feel gratified by the good will mani-338fested in it although the obstacle will probably prove a barrier to its resulting in any thing. Evening quiet with the ladies. I read a good deal of the Siberian Voyages.


The texts of lectures on the Northern Discoveries delivered at Quincy on 25 Oct. and 1 Nov., together with drafts, are in the Adams Papers (M/CFA/23.2, not microfilmed). The lectures were later repeated in Medford in Dec. 1838 and at the Catholic Irish Society in Boston in Dec. 1842. A brief summary was printed in the Quincy Patriot, 4 Nov. 1837, p. 3, col. 2.