Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 2


8. August.

[7. August] CFA


[7. August] CFA
7. August

I believe every individual of the party was glad when on the afternoon of the seventh we found ourselves on board of the Safety Barge Lady Clinton1 winding up the river. I was much relieved, although I felt as if I was going farther and farther from rest, comfort and health. For I began to experience another attack of my old complaint. My spirits were somewhat relieved however by finding the Otis family on board and particularly Allyne, whom I had very little expectation of meeting. Although he never was one of my very cordial and intimate friends, it was owing to unfortunate traits of his character which for the sake of the rest I would gladly have expunged from it. And this rest was sufficiently good always to make him an agreeable acquaintance. I was more glad to see him than I had thought would be possible. We spent the rest of the evening in conversation. The boat was excessively crowded and I had a bed on the table, downstairs. Much sleep was out of the question.


Because of appalling accidents in previous years due to exploding boilers, two “safety barges” were introduced on the Hudson River in 1825, the Lady Clinton and the Lady Rensselaer. Each was towed by a steamer on the night run and was equipped with comfortable sleeping quarters. See Robert G. Albion, The Rise of New York Port, N.Y., 1939, p. 161.