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Diary of Charles Francis Adams, 1861

Tuesday 19th

19 February 1861

Thursday 21st

21 February 1861
20 February 1861
Wednesday 20th

I was a little out of order this morning, and suffered from a light dull headache all day. Walked to the Capitol. Quite a debate on the naval bill, Mr Garnett of Virginia indulging in an ill tempered harangue against coercion. In it he recapitulated all the illtemptered comments possible upon Mr Lincoln’s actions in his round about tour towards the capital. Nothing has so much depressed my spirits as the account of these. They betray a person unconscious of his own position as well as of the nature of the contest around him. Good natured, kindly honest, but frivolous and uncertain. We had to stay to get the question on the Navy bill until after five. At home we waited for dinner until after six, expecting Charles and Mr Dexter, who finally arrived. I have now all my children assembled again under one roof. In the evening we had visits from Mr Robinson and Mr Ely, Mr and Mrs Delano, and Major Rogers and Mr Nichols of Boston.

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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=DCA61d051