Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 5

Wednesday. 4th.

Friday. 6th.

Thursday. 5th. CFA Thursday. 5th. CFA
Thursday. 5th.

The weather continues mild. I went to the Office. Received an apologizing letter from Mr. Hallett,1 returning me the draught with a request I would remodel it. I replied very briefly declining to do so, in this stage of the business and intimating to him in reply my utter dissatisfaction with his proceeding.2 In his letter, he says both draughts were read to the Committee, and with the State Committee present. Now this was totally against my will, but what is more singular Mr. Bailey happening to come in, I find that it is not true. He made a representation to the Committee that his was the result of joint consultation, giving them the impression I had seen it, while he suppressed my draught, and now he tells me this is the result of consultation with 224the Committee upon both drafts. This want of honesty in so trifling a transaction has shaken my faith in his political character and principles. I have therefore written to my father to be guarded towards him.3

Mr. Bailey conversed much with me, and I communicated to him my father’s intention that he might reflect upon it. I gained no time to walk. After dinner engaged with Mr. Chadwick and Mr. Eddy upon the last year’s Accounts of the Middlesex Canal.4 It took us about two hours to go over them very superficially and check them with the book. The rest of the day and evening with the exception of a little while to finish Tom Jones was devoted to copying a letter from my father.

1.

Letter missing.

2.

To B. F. Hallett, 5 Dec. (LbC, Adams Papers).

3.

To JQA, 4–5 Dec. (Adams Papers). In his letter CFA reported Hallett’s reception of JQA’s proposed step and, without detailing his reasons, warned JQA against placing trust in Hallett, and cautioned him about communicating with Hallett in any confidence.

4.

Caleb Eddy was superintendent and treasurer of the Canal company, Ebenezer Chadwick a director; see vol. 3:153, 247.