Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 6

Friday. 22d.

Sunday. 24th.

Saturday. 23d. CFA Saturday. 23d. CFA
Saturday. 23d.

Morning cold but clear. I tried to commit about forty lines of Pope this morning but failed to do it perfectly. The Newspaper of the morning contains a call signed by several hundred persons for a meeting on Thursday in favour of Mr. Webster. The popular feeling here is decidedly in his favour and will sacrifice any opponent. Yet I have under-144taken to put myself into the breach. I trust in a higher power and do my duty.

On returning home from my walk with Louisa I found Mr. Davis1 who came to inquire the name of the Artist who painted the picture of my father. Office where I was occupied in Diary and Accounts. Mr. Dudley called and took his Lease to execute. Called at a wine auction, walk and home. Read a hundred lines of the second Satire of Juvenal. Mr. Frothingham dined with me and we had a pleasant conversation. Afternoon Duclos. Nothing material. The Newspapers announce the departure from Washington of my father, which is strange, from my getting no notice of any kind.2


That is, I. P. Davis, not Charles Augustus Davis as is conjectured in Oliver, Portraits of JQA and His Wife , p. 170; see note to entry of 20 May, above.


JQA had left Washington on the 18th to spend a week in Philadelphia upon the invitation of his old friends Joseph Hopkinson and Nicholas Biddle. LCA was to join him at the end of that time for the trip to Quincy (JQA to LCA, 20 May, Adams Papers).