Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 7

Friday. 11th.

Sunday. 13th.

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Saturday. 12th.

Morning cloudy but it afterwards cleared. Office, occupied in Accounts, Diary and partly at the Advocate Office where I conversed more fully with Mr. Hallett. I asked him what the probabilities were of Mr. Van Buren’s policy. He intimated that it would be too much Southern to gratify the feelings of the North. This confirms my apprehensions and renders our position in this State exceedingly difficult. I confess I am puzzled. We must go along cautiously.

Mr. Hallett also talked to me of Alexander H. Everett. He said he had no confidence in him and although they should elect him that he was not inclined to think he would reward them for their pains by his conduct. The great difficulty with Mr. Everett is that he wants a basis of morals. Duplicity and equivocation have lost him the first position in the State.

Home. Afternoon, Graham and evening Goguet. My child has been threatened with croup something entirely new to her. Dr. Bigelow came in this evening and pronounced it passing off. Spirits heavy.