Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 5

Thursday. 19th.

Saturday. 21st.

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Friday. 20th.

Another excessively sultry day. I felt better however. Morning at the Office. Read all the State Papers previous to the famous Message of Jany. 6. 1773.1 They relate principally to the place of Session of the General Court.

I was about to continue when Mr. T. K. Davis came in and discussed political affairs. The dissension in the National Republican party is very great. Mr. Webster has expressed his opinion in favor of coming in to my father’s nomination, Mr. Gorham the reverse. The Masons are of course not merely hostile but furious. And the National Republicans are in their nature so supine a party as to be easily led by the nose by half a dozen active individuals. What is this thing called the National Republican party? A matter of threads and patches.

After dinner I remained at home very quietly and read the rest of Hutchinson’s volume. I have taken this time an impression from it, different from any preceding one. There is more malice in it than I thought, more of the disposition to complain, yet after all, much allowance must be made for the poor man’s situation.

My mother and brother’s Wife came in to take tea, and remained here until after a shower. They left a little before nine o’clock in the evening. At eleven we had far the most severe thunder storm I have experienced this season.


That is, Gov. Hutchinson’s speech in which he took the position that Parliament had “a Right to make Laws for Us in all Cases whatsoever.” For JA’s views on the significance of this message, see Diary and Autobiography , 2:77–78.