Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 7

Friday 22d.

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Saturday 23d.

The cold yielded this morning and we had a very fine day. I went to the Office but did not occupy myself very usefully. Mr. I. P. Davis called to ask if I could prepare my Lecture for Tuesday week. This is very short notice and I have been so much worried about selections I do not know what to say. He said he would call to know my decision on Monday as there would be no vacancy again until February.


Called in to see T. K. Davis. Conversation with him about Edmund Quincy who it seems has come out a warm abolitionist, his letter being published in the Liberator and he having made a speech last evening. Dr. Channing has also written a letter which is in the same paper.1 I sent for it.

Herodotus. My pamphlet did not come out as it had been promised. Afternoon, I began to reduce my Lecture into shape. Read Dr. Channing’s Letter which appears to me to be sensible and moderate, but he falls short of being a good political leader for he wants the insensibility to acute moral discrimination. I wish I could be an entire Abolitionist but it is impossible. My mind will not come down to the point.

Mr. Brooks here in the evening for an hour after which I finished the second volume of Lockhart and tied up the latter part of my proposed Lecture.


The Liberator for 22 Dec. carried two letters addressed to Henry G. Chapman on 23 and 27 Nov. from Edmund Quincy announcing himself an abolitionist (p. 202, cols. 4–5); also, “A Letter to Abolitionists” of 14 Dec. from William Ellery Channing (p. 206, cols. 1–4).