Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 2


31st. Monday.

30th. CFA


30th. CFA

Conversation with Satterlee Clark who is attacking Mr. Pleasonton 70in the papers.1 A very singular man, he professes to be very friendly to me and certainly he has very quickly taken up the cudgels for me in answer to a scurrilous piece which appeared in a scurrilous paper just established in this city called Coram’s Champion referring to my last visit to New York.2 Paine Todd, a nephew of Madison’s was here too. I don’t know where I first knew him but I recollect his face of old. Morning passed in a course of lounging. Todd asked me to go over and dine with Col. Smith of the Marine Corps3 which I accepted but owing to a misunderstanding respecting the hour, I thought he had left me and so dined at home. Weed came in and James Baker who is staying upon Long Island with his wife and child for the benefit of the latter. Having nothing else to do Weed and I rode over to see her and spent the afternoon at the place, called the Bath house on the sea shore.


Stephen Pleasanton, the Fifth Auditor of the Treasury Department (Lanman, Biographical Annals , p. 509).


Few issues of the semi-weekly paper, Coram’s Champion, are extant. CFA was disturbed enough by the story to defend himself in a letter to his father. Only JQA’s reply has survived: “I well knew that the foolish and malicious newspaper paragraph concerning you was without foundation. Our Grub Street is wider than that of London. Coram and Noah, may look for a purchaser and the Messiah, in company. They will find both at the same time” (JQA to CFA, 13 Aug. 1826, Adams Papers).


Captain Richard Smith of the Marine Corps, a lieutenant colonel by brevet since 1825 (Force, National Calendar, 1828, p. 229).