Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 7

Tuesday. 16th.

Thursday. 18th.

Wednesday. 17th. CFA Wednesday. 17th. CFA
Wednesday. 17th.

Morning cloudy but cleared up beautifully by the Afternoon. I went to the Office. Found the people in a state of intense excitement at this intelligence about the bonds, and a public meeting having been called 245about it at Faneuil Hall, I went down to see how things went on. The hall was full to overflowing and I was much struck with the very excited and at the same time stern appearance of the multitude.1 It was clear that the present case was not one to be trifled with and that the Government by interposing vain obstacles was only drawing upon itself the gathering indignation.

Finding my own feelings to be coming very near to boiling point I thought it useless to stay and hear only broken sentences at the outer door, so I returned to the Office and cooled down. Mr. Everett came in soon afterwards and we had a talk. He still seems to hold much upon the Government. Mine are feeble hopes. The degree of infatuation which has possessed Kendall is astonishing and if not soon remedied will destroy him in the public estimation. Wrote a little but not with system.

Home. Afternoon to Quincy. Nothing material. Saw my father and went to superintend my House. Conversation with the former as to public affairs. He advises quiet. Home. Evening to Mr. Brooks’, family meeting. Conversation respecting some failures that took place today, and the Faneuil Hall meeting which ended more mildly than it began.


The meeting at Faneuil Hall was reported in the Daily Advertiser on 18 May, p. 2, col. 1.