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Diary of Charles Francis Adams, 1861

Sunday 6th

6 January 1861

Tuesday 8th

8 January 1861
7 January 1861
Monday 7th

I was asked to attend a preliminary meeting of our friends in the Committee at ten o’clock. I got there after calling to see Mrs John Adams about her case a letter of Mr Dana in the subject. As usual few assembled until eleven, and then there were not many. Of course we could settle nothing. We argued only in declining to act without the concurrence of our friends as well as those of the other side. It was quite late before the general committee got in motion. The remaining subject was the modification of the Fugitive slave law. We resumed the voting of Saturday. My motion to strike out the word territory was lost only by two votes 11 to 9. Mr Washburne’s motion to change the place of the Jury trial was lost by one vote. Mr Ferry then offered some amendments which were carried. In the midst of all this we were constantly summoned to go down to vote upon resolutions offered in the House. The excitement there was very great, caused by the offer of a resolution of compliment to Major Anderson. The rage of some of those on the other side was intense, but the vote combined all the free states with great unanimity, The interruptions were such as to confuse us in our votes in committee so far as to be unable to determine the final shape of the bill. We therefore agreed to let it be printed and lie over for final action until tomorrow. Things appearing now near their end I rose and remarked that I had a brief resolution I wished to submit before the close of our labors, upon which I desired to take the sense of the Committee, I read it and suffered it to lie over, after which we adjurned. In the House, after a little more sparring we voted to adjurn over to Wednesday, on account of the battle of New Orleans. At home, Governor Seward dined with us. He was dull and obstructed. He is about to speak and is evidently much hardened by it. He told us two things that were cheering. one was that a reinforcement for Major Anderson was on its way was would arrive at Fort Sumpter tomorrow morning. The other was that Mr Thompson was about to resign, thus clearing out another trailer.

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Charles Francis Adams, Sr., [date of entry], diary, in Charles Francis Adams, Sr.: The Civil War Diaries (Unverified Transcriptions). Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2015. http://www.masshist.org/publications/cfa-civil-war/view?id=DCA61d007