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Browsing: Diary of Charles Francis Adams, Volume 2


Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0002-0014-0006

Author: CFA
Date: 1826-12-06

Wednesday. 6th.1

A Drawing room in the evening. Recognized a great variety of my old acquaintances both in and out of Congress. But a vast crowd of entire strangers were here, principally members of the Chesapeake and Ohio canal Convention which assembled today, I believe for the purpose of counteracting the effect produced by the estimates of the cost of the work as made by the board of U.S. Engineers. They are made in the most liberal way, and perhaps after all, it would be better at once to accustom the public mind to that amount than to cheat them by prices too low.2
1. CFA was indolent in the morning, walked, read Spenser, and took a ride with his mother (D/CFA/1).
2. The Board of Engineers of the U.S. Army had estimated the cost of building the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal at $22,000,000 (JQA, Diary, 23 Oct. 1826). Congress subscribed for 10,000 shares of stock in the company (Bemis, JQA , 2:75, note).