Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 4

Friday 13th.

Sunday. 15th.

Saturday. 14th. CFA


Saturday. 14th. CFA
Saturday. 14th.

Morning clear, but occasional showers, in the day. I went to town. Time passed in performing commissions and paying visits. I called to see Mr. Blunt of New York at Tremont House and from thence was obliged by a request of his to go to my House. I then went to see Mr. Brooks. The public seemed interested in the last news from Washington of the Veto which the President has put upon the Bank bill.1 Such is 329the fate of our Country. All its creditable and useful institutions are to fall under the blows of ignorance and want of principle. Mr. Blunt again called upon me to obtain the Papers which I went to my House to obtain, and he delayed me rather longer than my usual time. I got home however in season for dinner.

Afternoon, read a little of Seneca, but most of my time was taken up in a long walk to Payne’s i.e. Penn’s hill for the purpose of collecting some of the rents due to my father. This carried me to several places, but I succeeded more than I expected. Quiet evening. Nothing of consequence.


Report of the veto by the President on 10 July of the bill to renew the charter of the Bank of the United States was carried in the Daily National Intelligencer on 11 July (p. 2, cols. 5–6). The Veto Message on Returning the Bank Bill with His Objections, widely disseminated as a pamphlet, is in Richardson, ed., Messages and Papers , 2:576–591.