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Diary of Charles Francis Adams, 1861

Wednesday 6th

6 March 1861

Friday 8th

8 March 1861
7 March 1861
CFA's date as writtn here.

According to arrangement Mr Hale called for me in a carriage and drove to the State Department where we found Governor Seward as comfortably installed as if he had always been there, and besieged by visitors. After a little delay, we were admitted and I put forward the object of the application, which was to obtain from the Department for Mr Hale, the89 authority to print the laws in his newspaper. Mr Seward ordered it done at once. I then consulted him about the best means of obtaining appointment for Messr Dana and Palfrey. He asked me to write him a letter as to the first, ad promised to bear in mind the last. We then took our leave, he asking me to come and see him in the evening. Thence I went down into the city, and coming home I called to see Mr Sumner about the matter of Dana. I found him discussing the topic matter with Mr George S Hale who is anxious to get the place of District Attorney. We both agreed and thus made the poor man feel very badly. Yet the puzzle remains how to secure Dana’s nomination. On my return home, finding a necessity for transmitting some papers to the President, I took the opportunity to urge the appointment at once. Most of my leisure was taken up in listening to person applying for Office and despatching the papers to the respective departments. This a poor and mean business for which I have no fitness. Mr Kuhn and my daughter left us today for Philadelphia. Thus our circle is rapidly diminishing, previous to our own departure which will probably happen next week. In the evening, we had a visit from Mr and Mrs Cushing.

Cite web page as:

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=DCA61d066