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Diary of Charles Francis Adams, 1861

Thursday 17th

17 January 1861

Saturday 19th

19 January 1861
18 January 1861
Friday 18th

I received this morning a vote from my friend Dr Palfrey announcing his arrival here last night. I had also a visit from Mr W Lee about he case of Whittemore, the young Officer who has been wronged in his promotion, and one from a Mr Lott who wishes some action initiated to increase the pay of an invalid pensioner. These things carried me out earlier than common, so that I reached the Capitol before the time of meeting. Here I found Mr Palfrey. Also several members who appeared highly gratified with the perusal of my report which is printed in most of the New York newspapers. Among these persons, no one more so that Mr Preston King. Our debate was pretty lively . Mr Pendleton made a poor, partisan, democratic speech against coercion, Mr Sherman closed the debate with a speech full of five passages which carried the House with him. On the whole the most effective speech of the session. The debate then closed, and the bill was read, taken out of the committee and the previous question applied, after which we adjourned. Home, where Mr Palfrey dined with us, and I worked lamely on my speech, afterwards

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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=DCA61d018