Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 6

Friday. 23d.

Sunday. 25th.

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Saturday. 24th.

Morning cloudy and threatening rain, but it afterwards cleared away with a bright evening. I spent much of the morning in putting in order and arranging the Coins and Medals, begun last evening. There is a superabundance of room. I hope to pursue the subject, and enlarge the Collection. That portion which is at Washington is still to be provided for. Office where I at last succeeded in bringing up the amount of Arrear which has been hanging on me in my Diary with little cessation ever since my return to town. Called on Mr. Davis about the Dissertations but could not find him.

Called also upon Mr. Hallett. He is in trouble in consequence of the course of Mr. Slade in Vermont who has succeeded in carrying into Convention a portion of the Antimasonic party in Vermont and pledging them to Union with the Whigs. The Resolutions which are the result of this point at my father in rather a significant manner. This is a bad move and will go hard to overturn the whole system of policy marked out to save the Antimasons.1 Well, it cannot be helped. Such things make the amusing part of politics by sustaining the interest in the occupation. We discussed the mode of treatment. One which requires some delicacy.

I also talked with Mr. Hallett about the County nominations. I asked 250him if they had marked for the General Court and whether my name was one of the marked. He answered, Yes. I then gave him to understand that I would be a candidate for no office at this time, and assigned my various reasons. He said that he thought them sound and would see that my name was taken off. But that the Jackson party had proposed my name as one of those which they would be willing to put upon a compromise ticket for the Senate. This is at least an indication of a change of policy, towards my father and myself, and as such serves to strengthen our position. The Whigs will not have us on the vantage. My determination to keep my hands perfectly freed from all considerations of interest is nevertheless just the same. This is the main basis upon which I must rest if I wish to acquire any influence, in this State.

I left Mr. Hallett only to start for Quincy. Found the family much as usual. My Louisa jumping about in a lively manner but still anxious to come home. Conversation with my father, upon various topics especially those already mentioned. The hours flew and I got home only at about seven. Quiet evening.

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Charles’ account of Resolutions passed by Antimasonic members of the Legislature of Vermont, was somewhat discouraging. The Resolutions were reported by Slade, who smarting with his dismission from Office by Van Buren, substitutes his resentments for principles and is leading the Antimasonic party their away into controvertible ground”

(JQA, Diary, 24 Oct.).