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Diary of Charles Francis Adams, 1861

Sunday 24th

24 March 1861

Tuesday 26th

26 March 1861
25 March 1861
Monday 25th

The usual array of applicants which I cut off at eleven o’clock in order to go to Quincy, for letters. I found none that I wanted, but went up to the Old mansion to give directions to my man Philip. The snow was wet and made uncomfortable walking.102 I locked up some papers and then returned by the next train to the city. Occupied in despatching my post office nominations which are troublesome, and take up my time. In the evening I went with Mrs Adams to a very small party at Mrs Josiah Quincy’s, principally musical. Three young ladies gave us specimens of their skill. And each was very good. Miss Mary Quincy, Miss War and a Miss Greenough. The latter is quite remarkable, and bids fair to become with European culture very distinguished. She sings with ease, truth and “abandon,” and her voice though powerful is soft. I was very universally complimented for my speech especially by Professor Agassiz in a feeling manner. And the congratulation in respect to my appointment was general. On the whole it is well for me that I go out of the country at present. For it would be utterly impossible to keep on this pinnacle, and mix longer with the difficulties of our domestic embarrassment Absence will soften and ultimately obliterate these dangerous impressions.

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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=DCA61d084