Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 5

Monday. 23d.

Wednesday. 25th.

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Tuesday. 24th.

Morning warm but misty after which it cleared away. I went into town with Mr. Brooks. Time at the Office where I wrote my arrears of Journal which are constantly accumulating and then to the Athenaeum to get Books. I looked into the English Newspapers which are quite 333full of notices of our affairs. They do not at all understand the action of our Government. But our troubles may have a good effect in checking the licentious tendencies in Great Britain. what is the world coming to.

In the mean time poor General La Fayette is dead.1 His life has been a stormy one, but his character is highly honorable to him. There is no sort of guilt affixed to his public career, although he has lived in times of carnage and desolation. If he has not possessed the vigor which might have put him upon a level with Caesar and Cromwell and Bonaparte, he has at least avoided the disgrace of their crimes. Our Country was very certainly indebted to him largely, but for its credit it may be said that it was not insensible to it. Never did man have a more splendid triumph than his tour in 1825.

Home. Afternoon, Mrs. Inchbald. Company, but I did not see them.

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The death of Lafayette on 20 May had been reported in the Boston press on 21 June (Columbian Centinel, p. 2, cols. 1–3).