Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 8

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Thursday 26th.
New York

We had a quiet trip and found ourselves at day break fast nearing New York. The day was drizzly. And we rode up to the Astor House in the rain, to breakfast. Found Sidney Brooks and his Wife very well and passed the greater part of the day with them excepting when I was out making a few purchases. The City looked dull under the clouds and I think I felt more depressed than I know well how to account for. The society of Mrs. Brooks is to me always fatiguing from the want of natural impressions derived from it. She is a fine woman without the feelings which you prize more in one than all the acquirement. Davis and I had a sumptuous dinner given to us, and wine of which we drank quite enough. I felt so fatigued afterwards that I soon retired.

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Friday. 27th.

Up early this morning and off to Philadelphia in the boat. Travelling between the great cities is now such a matter of fact affair that it is needless to describe it. The disagreeable portions of it arise from the crowd and the roughness of the companions with which one is thrown. We crossed from Amboy to Bordentown and then came to the City in a boat, arriving there at about two o’clock to dine.

Went by mistake to the North American Hotel but the rooms were so good I thought it needless to move. After dinner, Mrs. Henry called with T. K. Davis who went to his uncle’s. The day was perfectly lovely, and I went out to walk after which I took my Louisa to the Museum. An uncommonly good one. So much fatigued in the evening that I went to bed early.

Saturday 28th. CFA Saturday 28th. CFA
Saturday 28th.

The weather is certainly very superior to our’s, being free from the admixture of chilly East winds. We started a little before 7 in the Steamer for Wilmington, which we reached at about 10 and from thence took the cars to Baltimore. Nobody of our acquaintance with us but Madame Caradori Allan and her husband. We reached Baltimore 31at about one and found Gorham Brooks waiting for us at the depot. With him we went to his house. His Wife looks thin and anxious which is traceable to the condition of their younger child, which suffers from an eruption on the skin. Dined and spent the afternoon with him. Evening, Mr. West called to see Mrs. B., a painter of some merit. I walked down to Barnum’s to see T. K. Davis who came in with the Afternoon cars. Retire early quite fatigued.