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Browsing: Diary of Charles Francis Adams, Volume 2


Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0003-0002

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-03-02

Friday. March 2d.1

My time has been taken up almost entirely in the attention requisite. I am more and more pleased with her. I find in her every thing that I could wish. These days are enchanting days. They are only to be enjoyed once in a man’s life.
I feel now that sort of quiet enjoyment and serenity which loves not disturbance, but which would suffer days to roll on without any active exertion and without regret. I have been for some days however, much troubled with a pain in my side, and I am today attempting to cure it. In consequence, at home.
There is much talk of duels—in the political world, but none have happened yet. It is uncertain whether there will be any. Parties are very warm indeed.2
I wrote to George the other day, giving him information of this affair.3 He will be much astonished no doubt. For he has been long about the same thing and not yet succeeded.
1. From D/CFA/5. Because the weather was bad and he was unwell, CFA stayed at home during the morning and took medicine. In the evening he attended a late session of the Senate with Mrs. Everett and Miss Brooks and returned home with his father (D/CFA/1).
2. Thomas Metcalfe (1780–1855), who had served as Representative from Kentucky since 1819 and was about to be nominated for governor of that state by the Clay-Adams men, objected to certain statements that George McDuffie had made in defending Vice-President Calhoun in the “Mix contract” investigation (see entry for 27 Dec. 1826, above). McDuffie replied abusively; Metcalfe retorted in kind; but a duel was averted because the two parties could not agree upon the proper weapons (Washington Daily National Intelligencer, 19 and 23 Feb. and 1 Mar. 1827).
3. Letter missing.