Charles Francis Adams diary 24, entry for 4 March 1861, (3 unnumbered pages)
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In this diary entry, Charles Francis Adams (1807-1886) reflects on events in Washington on the day of Lincoln's first inaugural address, 4 March 1861. Adams describes last minute activities in the House of Representatives, reflects on his role as a member of Congress, and gives an eyewitness account of the inauguration and inaugural ball, including commentary on Lincoln’s character.