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Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0012-0005

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-12-05

Wednesday. 5th.

Occupied at the Office all day copying a Paper called a bill in Equity turning pretty much upon the question on which I gave a decision at { 190 } the Moot Court sometime since. It was long and I did but little else. Evening at home. George came in previous to going to Quincy’s Wedding where he is Groomsman.1 We had an animated discussion upon the propriety of writing to John upon his contemplated marriage. He will not do it and thereby betrays more littleness of feeling than I had wished to suspect him of. Read the remainder of the Evening. Pascal and Vivian Grey. George serenaded me as he was obliged to be out with the band.
1. Josiah Quincy (1802–1882) married Mary Jane Miller. See Adams Genealogy.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0012-0006

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-12-06

Thursday. 6th.

I finished the Letters of Louis de Montalte by Pascal. This book, though upon antiquated subjects, pleases me. The style is pure and the controversial eloquence which it displays is the reason that it has been recommended by my Father. Morning at the Office without doing much excepting looking out cases for an argument at the Moot Court next week. At a little after one o’clock George and I started for Medford where we arrived and found Mr. and Mrs. Frothingham, Mr. and Mrs. Chardon Brooks, and Miss Dehon. Our dinner was pleasant. Abby seemed in good spirits and we returned to Boston in the dark. George and I had another discussion. It is a difficult matter to change an animal like him but so far the result has certainly been flattering, and although the close has not yet arrived and much painful conversation must be gone through before any thing can be expected, yet now I am not without hope that he has got the right direction. He spent the evening with me.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0012-0007

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-12-07

Friday. 7th.

Morning at the Office looking out authorities in the case which I am about to argue before the Moot Court. Busy in the afternoon about the same, and passed the Evening at my room in reading quietly, a thing which at the present day is seldom granted me. The day was passed pleasantly.

Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0012-0008

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-12-08

Saturday 8th.

Morning occupied before breakfast in writing to my Mother.1 After breakfast went down to hear the result of the meeting of Congress but no news came. The mail had been delayed for the first time. I then called at Mrs. Frothingham’s to see Abby and after a half an hour, I returned to the Office where I passed the day without doing much { 191 } which could be called useful. My case went on but on the whole a good deal of time was wasted. At five I went to Mrs. Frothingham’s to go out in the Carriage of Mr. B. to Medford. Mr. Brooks, Mrs. Everett, Abby and I went out. The night was very dark and rainy as the whole week has been. Arrived safe and felt dull after I got there.
1. Letter missing.
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2017.