Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 2

14. VIII.

Saturday 16th.

Friday. 15th.<a xmlns="http://www.tei-c.org/ns/1.0" href="#DCA02d528n1" class="note" id="DCA02d528n1a">1</a> CFA


Friday. 15th. CFA
Friday. 15th.1

A large dinner at home of Members of Congress. Principally men of our side. Col. Mercer of Virginia, a wavering and weak man, sat next to me.2 He had very little to say. The dinner was on the whole neither agreeable nor dull.


From D/CFA/5. CFA spent the day working on the Executive Record, reading Spenser, walking, and taking a ride with his mother (D/CFA/1).


The Adams side was the National Republican; Congressman Mercer became a Democrat. The words "and weak" in this sentence were underlined and enclosed in parentheses at a later (perhaps not much later) reading by CFA, who at the same time wrote in the margin: “No.”