8 August 1843
adams-john10 Neal Millikan Family Finances (Adams Family)
34 Quincy Tuesday 8. August 1843.

8. IV:30. Tuesday.

Leman Daniel Mrs Leman Adams Isaac Hull Elizabeth C. Adams Copeland Samuel

Charles went to Boston, and returned to dine. Mr and Mrs. Leman were here this morning before 7 O’Clock; and they breakfasted with us— Mr Leman is 70 years of age and I perceived he was labouring under great agitation— He had taken from Mr Curtis and Mrs Alicia Boylston, a Lease of a lot of land in Charlestown, for five years to expire in Novr. 1844. upon which he has erected a building to serve at once for a dwelling house and a Carpenter’s shop. But he gave me a mortgage of the house as security for the timber and planks of which it was built, and now the mortgagees, are making demonstrations and preparations for removing the house, and he is in fear of being turned out of house and home— He has flattered himself with the hope that the house having become a fixture to the soil was real estate and could not be removed without previous process of law; and I countenanced him at first with in that opinion. but recollecting afterwards that a Statute of the Commonwealth gives to the tradesmen working on a building, a lien upon the materials of which it is built, I feared he was leaning upon a broken reed, and advised him to consult with Mr Curtis, and Mr A. C. Spooner—my Son’s associate in the office. N. 23. Court Street to devise some means of extricating him from his perplexity— After Breakfast he wandered with me round the garden and Nursery and took sundry twigs of trees for keepsakes; and took leave My Son gave me a check on the Merchants Bank for 700 dollars, which I deposited in the Quincy Stone bank here, and I settled 2 bills of Samuel CopelandIsaac Hull Adams and his sister Elizabeth were here— There was a Letter from Mrs Charles F. Adams to her son Henry, from Utica; doubtful whether she would leave that city as she had intended yesterday.— I received also a Letter from C. Oscanyan dated 31. May at Constantinople. He is a native of that city; whence, I know not how, he came to this Country; resided here several years, and married an American woman in New-York— The object of the Letter is to solicit the appointment of Dragoman to the American Legation at the Ottoman Porte— A Sinecure vacated by the decease some months since of Commodore David Porter— Oscanyan was an acquaintance of some of the younger members of my family, and used to visit occasionally at my house, but he is sadly out of his reckoning in applying to me for influence to obtain for him a diplomatic appointment— We had this day two or three thunder showers so that I was much confined to the house, and the contrast between the perpetual motion, the ever gathering crowds of people—the greetings and salutations, and huzzas of the multitudes, with the rapid travelling alternately by Stage, Steamer and railway, and the dark and sullen quietude of my own house thus confuses me and keeps an unseizable cotrarion in my head—a buzzing tintinnabulum which will end in distraction or lethargy— I struggle to recover my self possession and the controul of my thoughts.— They are yet in a whirlwind.