Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 6

Thursday. 2d.

Saturday. 4th.

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Friday. 3d.

The day was fine and somewhat pleasanter than any we have had although still with the North East wind. I went down to superintend some repairs at my house in Acorn Street which is vacated after which to the Office, Diary, and Accounts.

Mr. Hallett came in to gain information respecting the state of things at Washington. We talked it over and he gave me further information from Washington which led me to believe that Whitney the Bank hero1 was the source of the Articles in the Globe. I affected to believe it—But I have no confidence in Mr. Van Buren.

He then went on to talk of his relations with Governor Everett, and the state of the controversy between himself and the Advertiser.2 I have observed this with much attention and regret only that the Governor should have allowed himself to get into it. The course of the Advocate is somewhat rough as it always is and hasty but is substantially correct. I told him my belief that Mr. Everett was himself the author of the papers at which he seemed surprised—And that his continuing the controversy was more the result of feeling than of judgment. Mr. Everett from his timidity and defect of moral principle is utterly unfit for political life. Mr. Hallett read me a strong letter from Mr. Lathrop embodying all my ground. I think with care we may sail through this perilous navigation.

Home—Afternoon, engaged in assorting papers. Went over those 403of Mr. Dumas and in this way completed another Volume. Ariosto and some amusing Anecdotes or rather German popular stories collected by Musaeus.3 Evening at home, Mr. T. K. Davis came in and passed it pleasantly.

1.

Reuben M. Whitney of Philadelphia, earlier a director of the United States Bank, in March 1829 was a member of an influential committee whose report called for non-renewal of the Bank’s charter (Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., The Age of Jackson, Boston, 1945, p. 79, 100).

2.

On 3 June, the Daily Advocate’s editorial was titled “The Advertiser shifting the Question” (p. 2, col. 4). This was followed on the 6th by another, “The Advertiser vs. the Advocate” (p. 2, cols. 2–4).

3.

CFA had borrowed from the Athenaeum Johann Carl August Musaeus’ Volksmärchen der Deutschen, 5 vols., Gotha, 1826.