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Diary of Charles Francis Adams, 1861

Monday 4th

4 March 1861

Wednesday 6th

6 March 1861
5 March 1861
Tuesday 5th

I waked with a sense of fatigue, which kept me at home most of the day. My labor as to being in bring up the arrears of my correspondence. And I had it interrupted more or less by visits from person in quest of Office. The Cabinet Officers were appointed and confirmed today. Messr Seward and Chase, Cameron and Wells, Blair, Smith and Bates as heretofore arranged. A motley mixture, containing one statesmen, one politician, two jobber, one intriguer, and two respectable old gentlemen. I ought to thank my overruling good fortune that I have not been mixed in this crowd. What Mr Seward will do, without a single real friend to support him, and without sympathy in the head I am puzzled to foresee. In the evening we went by had Mrs John Adams and Mrs Wise, with Elizabeth Adams and Mr Cutts invitation to Mrs Palmer’s to a small party, consisting of Mr and Mrs Foster, Lord Lyons, Baron Osten Sacken and our own family. It was tolerably pleasant we came home early.

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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=DCA61d064