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Diary of Charles Francis Adams, 1861

Sunday 24th

24 February 1861

Tuesday 26th

26 February 1861
25 February 1861
Monday 25th

As the adjournment was until ten this morning, I was off early after breakfast in order to get to the Capitol in season. The order of the day was the Tariff bill with the amendment of the Senate over one hundred and fifty in number. The factions temper of the other side made it a tedious business, so that with the number of times the yeas and nays were called it was six o’clock before adjourned. The disposition was not to hazard the measure by a difference between the House, so that all the amendments were agree to excepting the most important one, that laying the duty on tea and coffee, in which one of the curious indications of timidity took place which sometimes discredit our legislation. The measure was necessary, for revenue and was carefully guarded as a security for debt, as well as limited in time. Yet because the men on the other side voted against it, and it seemed to be lost, there was a rush at the end to change votes to overwhelm it. Mr Hildreth happened to have called me out to talk about places so that I lost my vote in my turn, but I asked leave purposely to vote for it. Mr Winter Davis had asked me to dine with him, and though it was half an hour after time I went and found a small company composed of Judge Davis of Illinois, Mr Ullman of New York, Mr Leman and another gentleman, who made a part of the President’s friends on his unit Nothing of material interest in the conversation. On my return I found Mrs Adams’s room full of company of different sorts, most of whom seemed to have been drawn by the general rumor that I had been made a member of the Cabinet. They seemed quite disappointed when they found there was nothing in ti. This business is no on the eve of settlement. And I shall be glad to come to an end of it. I do not like the feeling of having it hand over me. Once disposed of, my arrangements can be made without further anxiety.

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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=DCA61d056