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Diary of Charles Francis Adams, 1861

Sunday 10th

10 February 1861

Tuesday 12th

12 February 1861
11 February 1861
Monday 11th

My letters from home and elsewhere continue in the highest degree complimentary. I answer them as well as I can, but my power falls short. In the meantime I despatch copies of the speeches far and wide. At the House rather late. As I passed Govr Seward’s, he was just getting into a carriage and asked me to get in and join him, which I did. He seemed delighted with the news from Tennessee which rejects secession. But he said the agony and panic here continued in all its fiercness. The end would probably be a recommendation of a National Convention, which would relieve us all. He asked me what was the character of the Massachusetts delegates and I described it. He then descanted upon the cause of Mr Lincoln, alluded again to the letter he had received from him and yet dropped an intimation of uncertainty of purpose, which I fear is too well founded. In the mean time all his followers here are hanging in an agony of uncertainty as to what shall be their cue. Some resolutions were offered in haste which troubled us on account of the ambiguous way they were created drawn. And then came a discussion of the deficiency bill. But nothing of interest. We adjourned at four. Mr Charles Hale dined with us. I had been invited by Mr Baker, the Senator from California to visit him at his room, but felt too much fatigued to go out again.

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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=DCA61d042