Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 5

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Saturday. 6th.

Fine day. I accompanied Mr. Brooks to town. At the Office, then the House and a call at Miss Oliver’s, which was returned by her soon afterwards with the amount of her Rent. Mr. Lovering also called in and after a little conversation, I concluded the bargain with him in regard to the Property in High Street.1 This is advantageous to both parties. My father could do nothing with the small share he had in the Estate, and Mr. Lovering pays for the Piece only what would induce him to take the trouble of acquiring it in the little divisions which are made of it.

Returned with Mr. Brooks to Medford. Mr. Shepherd came out and dined. We had a pretty dinner, and I lazed away the whole of the remainder of the Afternoon. Such is life at Medford. Mr. Shepherd was less noisy than usual. He is a self made man, with some vanity about wealth and a little fondness for the things of this life—Not perhaps more, however, than have we all.

We went to Mrs. N. Hall’s to take tea. Mr. B., Mrs. Gorham Brooks, Wife and myself. Mr. and Mrs. Nat. Hall, daughter, niece, Miss Gray and a certain Mrs. Amory whom I did not know.2 Talked miscellaneously with Mr. Hall.


William Lovering, whose home was on High Street ( Boston Directory ).


Peter C. Brooks’ sister, Joanna, was the wife of Nathanial Hall of Medford. Their daughter was Mary Brooks Hall. Henrietta Gray was the remaining unmarried daughter of another sister (see vol. 2:155; 3:70, 107, 123).