Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 6

Thursday. 30th. CFA Thursday. 30th. CFA
Thursday. 30th.

Morning at home drawing out the remainder of my coins. I find that I shall have a great deal of room to spare and therefore design to extend my collection through the means of my wife’s brothers who are abroad in various parts of the globe.

Office. Nothing of consequence. I was occupied in writing Diary and as usual, Accounts. Mr. Walsh came in and prevented me from continuing an Article I was preparing for the Advocate of next week. We 188must follow up the War, although I think from the silence of the Atlas that we have already done too much in driving Mr. Webster from the field. There is something perfectly unaccountable in the course of the whole party. They are now being crippled under a heavy fire and they say not a word. Even Mr. Everett’s cutting style does not move them a hair. Mr. Walsh talked about my argument and the subject in general. He is a sceptic. Indeed it is very astonishing to find how much principles once acknowledged by every body become unsettled in the progress of time, in this country.

Home where I found my Wife and other children, returned from Medford. Juvenal. Afternoon. Theirs, coup d’etat of the Majority of the Directory, justified by Theirs. Manifestly, he is wholly ignorant of the true principle of Government. This step was to remedy the deficiency to be created by a legitimate accession of power to the other side through the voice of the Majority, at the ballot boxes. Mad. Deffand. Evening quiet. German resumed.

Friday. 31st. CFA Friday. 31st. CFA
Friday. 31st.

A very warm day indeed. I was occupied at home in arranging the remainder of my coins which I find fall short somewhat. Then to the Officer. Occupied with my Accounts and Diary, also with finishing the Article I had already sketched for the Advocate. No news of any consequence. Called upon Davis for the purpose of asking him how he stood disposed to a visit to Mr. Everett this evening. He agreed to come to my house and start from there. Home, a little of Juvenal. Nothing of matter.

Afternoon finished the ninth volume of Thiers with the treaty of Campo formio. Also some of Madame du Deffand. Mr. Davis came according to agreement, but a heavy thunder shower had come up and prevented the possibility of starting. Miss Lydia Phillips was here also and took tea. Conversation. Davis stayed until late, and I read but a few lines of German.