Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 3

Monday. 21st.

Wednesday 23rd.

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Tuesday. 22nd.

Morning mild and tolerably pleasant. I went to the Office as usual and was engaged in my avocations, writing and reading all the morning. Nothing of any particular importance occurred, and after sending out some accounts which are due to the Estate of my Father here, I sat down to reflect upon what I might be called to say at the Meeting of the Debating Society this week, as I had in some measure pledged myself to reply. I proceeded not far when I was reminded to take a walk. But this was half prevented by meeting with the publication of Mr. Calhoun’s Pamphlet—Where I read several of the letters with some interest. It is however a poor concern on the whole.1 A short walk and return home.

Afternoon, Began the next Oration against Verres and accomplished thirty Sections. It is easier and much more pleasant than the preceding though still nothing but an account of Robbery and Rapine. Such a Scoundrel never was seen on the face of the Earth. The Account must be exaggerated.

Evening quiet at home. Mr. Edmund Quincy came in and passed a couple of hours after which I continued with the Greek Grammar and the Tatler.


In the preceding week Vice-President Calhoun had caused to be published a pamphlet containing Correspondence between Gen. Andrew Jackson and John C. Calhoun “on the subject of the course of the latter in the deliberations of the cabinet of Mr. Monroe, on the occurrences in the Seminole War.” In addition to a prefatory letter to the People of the United States by Calhoun and supporting letters to and from a number of persons, including JQA, the pamphlet’s core consisted of Calhoun’s letter to President Jackson of 29 May 1830 in which he set forth his position. On the background of the controversy see entry for 22 Jan., above.

Upon the appearance of the pamphlet, newspaper publication of its contents, in whole or in part, followed at once. The National Intelligencer printed Calhoun’s preface in the issue for 17 Feb., p. 3, cols. 3–4, and in its next issue printed all the correspondence, including JQA’s letter to Calhoun of 14 Jan. (19 Feb., p. 1–4). The documents as published by Calhoun are in Calhoun, Works, ed. Crallé, 6:349–445.