Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 7

Monday 28th.

Wednesday. 30th.

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Tuesday. 29th.

Morning much as yesterday. My father accompanied me to town on his road to Washington, to attend the special session.1 There is something at all times disagreeable in these separations of families, and especially at times when it has not been anticipated. I am glad however that we retain at Quincy even the other members of the family for a time.

At the Office where I was busy in Accounts and settling bills which is my principal wish at this time. Met accidentally Mr. Paine of the Advocate and had some talk with him about that concern. He says they have come to an understanding by which the dissatisfied members retire from the concern with the loss of what they have. Mr. Hallett in-305timidated them and thus prevented the destruction of the paper. But Paine is himself dependent upon the paper and is desirous of holding to it until he can get something else. But he does not speak well of Hallett, which convinces me of the unprincipled character of H. and he wishes to get out without incurring a quarrel. I feel more and more the relief of being rid of the business.

I went down to the railroad depot where I found my father and took leave of him. Saw Mr. Webster and several other members going on. Home to Quincy. Afternoon at the House. The wind so high Kirk could do little upon the bank so he was busy forming the bottoms for the gravel walks. Not much of any thing else. Evening at home.


The President had called the Congress into session on 4 Sept. to deal with the fiscal crisis created by the general suspension of specie payments by the banks ( Congressional Globe , 25th Cong., 1st sess., p. 1, 4; entry of 19 May, above).