Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 7

Tuesday 18th.

Thursday. 20th.

Wednesday 19th. CFA


Wednesday 19th. CFA
Wednesday 19th.

Morning warm with a southerly wind which was extremely high. I went to town for the purpose of giving directions with respect to returning home but found my Office so uncomfortable from the man’s presence, setting a grate there that I could not very conveniently stay. At the Insurance Office and thence to make several calls, particularly one at Mr. Hallett’s but I did not find him in. Then on various calls, one in particular to see Mr. Brooks. We had some conversation upon my Wife’s state of health and he recommended the expediency of going with her to Washington. I have had thoughts of this all along.

Called to see Mr. Sparrell about some of his plan for the Stone which had been omitted, and Mr. Ayer called to see me about the timber. I gave him the explanations that had been given to me and he said he would make his arrangements as well as he could accordingly. Thus passed the morning.

The political accounts from Pennsylvania are very decided in favour of Mr. Van Buren. On the other hand the indications from Ohio are clearly against him and the return from Georgia looks as if Southern feelings predominated.1 All this goes to make the decision more doubtful than I yesterday thought it. I am not sorry for any thing which diminishes the power of dictation. Home.

Afternoon to the Quarries. Hardwick is actively at work on his quarry and so is Colburn who showed me today a specimen of a post. I was not sure that I should be satisfied. Colburn was a little half seas over which made him talkative and kept me until late. I then went round by the Canal and left word as Mr. Ayer directed. Then home. Evening cards.


Returns from the elections held in Georgia on 4 Oct. and in Ohio on the 11th were still incomplete. Early indications of anti-Van Buren victories in Georgia were not confirmed by the later returns which showed that Van Buren or Union party candidates would control the legislature. On the other hand, the whig leads in the early returns from Ohio were confirmed by the final vote which showed a whig elected governor, eleven whigs elected to Congress as against eight Van Buren supporters (Daily Advertiser, 19 Oct., p. 2, col. 1; 22 Oct., p. 2, col. 3; 29 Oct., p. 2, col. 4).