Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 3

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Morning delightfully mild and pleasant. I went to the Office as usual and passed my time in writing my Journal and afterwards in reading a little of Enfield. But one or two interruptions. One from Judge Adams who came for the purpose of getting some Money for J. Q. Adams’ Quarterly Allowance due tomorrow. I paid it. Mr. Peabody came in and talked very pleasantly also. I began writing a letter to my Father but could not progress much in it. Went down to the Fire and Marine Office to get Powers of Attorney for the repayment of Capital which is about to take place there. Thence to the Athenaeum for books.

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The Judge, my Uncle dined with us and was tolerably pleasant. After dinner I continued Verres and read twenty sections more in the Oration upon provisions. The Account given of the oppression exercised over the good People of Sicily is terrible enough. How thankful should we be who are able to consider what we have our own, without fearing rapine and extortion. But the detail is tedious.

Mr. Angier took tea with us in the Evening and I went to the Debating Society. A small Meeting. Question upon the present excitement in South Carolina.1 Debate short and warm and the subject put over. After we adjourned as the Evening was delightfully mild, I took a long walk with several of the young men. Returned home and read the Tatler.

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There had been much public agitation in South Carolina for direct action unless legislation were passed in Congress to reduce or repeal import duties, particularly those on salt (Boston Daily Advertiser, 10 Feb., p. 2, col. 4).