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Diary of Charles Francis Adams, 1861

Tuesday 19th

19 March 1861

Thursday 21st

21 March 1861
20 March 1861
Wednesday 20th



There was no great variety in the entertainment this morning. I received numbers of applications, and many person who come to reinforce them. They are mainly my constituents who all join in expressing regret at the prospect of my leaving them. The indications of kindness and good will to me from all quarters in the newspapers upon the occasion of this nomination are so new as to astonish me. Mr Dana came to tea and sat with me until ten. Judge Hoar and Mr John Gardner came in also. As Mr Josiah Quincy Jr had invited me to meet the Wednesday evening club at his house I went there for an hour. The gentlemen all greeted me warmly, even to a Professor Peirce of Cambridge, whose politics have been bitter enough hertofore. Whilst I was sitting with Dana, there came a telegram to me from Charles Sumner announcing the confirmation of my nomination by the Senate. This is the only authority I have yet received for the truth of the newspaper report. I now await the official notification prior to determining what to do.

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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=DCA61d079