Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 7

Monday. 25th.

Wednesday 27th.

Tuesday. 26th. CFA Tuesday. 26th. CFA
Tuesday. 26th.

Morning cold. I went to the Office as usual and from thence to the publisher’s where I procured several of my pamphlets. I was occupied in sending them about especially to Washington. I have now come out with my name,1 and the anxiety which I feel upon the subject is great, for to write what is in itself of no value or has nothing at all to recommend it would be mortifying indeed. Received a letter from my father authorizing me to use any papers I like so that I can now go on.2 Short walk and home. Herodotus which I go over pretty carefully. As Mr. Davis called upon me to say that I must be ready for next Tuesday I sat down after dinner and worked without much cessation until tea time. After tea, I went to a Lecture to hear Alexander H. Everett who talked about General Warren. He introduced one or two anecdotes which were new and curious, but the great body of the Lecture was dull. Home at nine, but intending to go to a party at Mrs. Gray’s which I however gave up as my Wife appeared not very well, continued my 369work, but as Mr. Everett announced that he should give another Lecture next week I did not hurry myself so much.3


C. F. Adams, Further Reflections upon the State of the Currency in the United States, Boston, Published by William D. Ticknor, 1837, 41 p. The title acknowledges that the work is a sequel to an earlier published work, which is further identified in the first sentence of the text as Reflections, “printed in the month of February last.” However, Further Reflections differs in two important respects from CFA’s earlier pamphlet publications: it was issued under his own name rather than anonymously or pseudonymously, and it was written for pamphlet publication rather than as a series of newspaper articles. See entry of 25 Feb., above, and Duberman, CFA , p. 56–59.


JQA to CFA, 21–22 Dec., Adams Papers.


Presumably, Everett’s lecture was one of those sponsored by the Massachusetts Historical Society.