Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 7

Monday. 6th.

Wednesday. 8th.

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Tuesday 7th.

Morning mild. I went to the Office. Time passed in Accounts, Diary &ca. Had a call from Mr. Everett who informed me that he was going to Washington tomorrow. I was surprised at the suddenness of this determination but made no remark having been prepared for it by accidentally hearing something of it at the Advocate Office where I called to leave one of my numbers. I talked with him about the late attacks upon my father in the Administration presses on the Abolition ground.1 I said that I regretted them because of the probable injury the Government might sustain from any decisive course against the strong positions made by my father. He said, he thought so too and had written to many of the Administration party in remonstrance. I then detailed very carefully the whole of the course of my father and showed the reasons why Mr. Van Buren had entirely lost his confidence. He may now go to Washington and remark upon it. Mr. Walsh came in and talked.

Home. Livy. Afternoon, Burnet, and Chateaubriand’s Itineraire. Evening Lamartine in continuation which I had procured today at the Athenaeum. And afterwards, writing.


JQA was embroiled in bitter battle against the rule adopted in Congress in May 1836 prohibiting debate on petitions dealing with slavery, the Gag Rule. Currently anger mounted against him because of his efforts to present petitions from women and from slaves. The tempest would subside for a while after all efforts to censure or expel JQA failed of passage. The episode is recounted in full in Bemis, JQA , 2:340–351; see also entries for 10 and 24 Feb., below.