Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 7

Tuesday 24th.

Thursday 26th.

[Wednesday] 25th. CFA


[Wednesday] 25th. CFA
Wednesday 25th.

It rained in the morning and was drizzling more or less all day. I passed some time at home in revising my first Lecture and only went up into the town for the purpose of carrying my Map and hanging it in the hall as well as to see the ground. The President of the Lyceum Mr. Hardwick and one of the Directors Mr. Adams were here by agreement. There was no change however to be devised as the room seemed on the whole quite as convenient as I could wish. My voice about the strength of which I felt the most doubt, very certainly could fill this space and if I failed here there was no reasonable probability that I should succeed any where else.

Called at one or two places and paid bills. I must say that I felt a 334little anxious, and yet not without confidence. Afternoon somewhat idled away.

Evening, I walked up to the Town Hall at the appointed time and found there an assemblage of men, women and boys principally of the active and industrious classes, and not very large. At a given signal from Mr. Hardwick I commenced and went through occupying five minutes less than one hour in the delivery, just the same period of time taken in the reading at home. Of my success I cannot entirely judge, but I fancy it was good from the very quiet manner to which I was listened to. And my man Kirk who it seems had the curiosity to go up and hear, reported that it surpassed his expectation. Remainder of the evening quietly at home.