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Diary of Charles Francis Adams, 1861

Tuesday 23d.

23 April 1861

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25 April 1861
24 April 1861
Wednesday 24th

My office seeking visits are mainly of those who are disappointed at the distribution of the places. And indeed some of them have just cause to complain of me, for on Mr Goodrich’s promise I led them to suppose they would be provided for, and now they fall back upon me. My nerves begin to give way under this annoyance and the anxieties of the time. Today my sons received notice that their battalion was to be sent to the forts in the harbor. This deranges their business relations and with it the trust that I am to put in them during my absence. In the mean while the news respecting the occupation of Washington continues uncertain, and the resources to supply the troops are still more so. Great anxiety is felt about the communications which are not yet established on a suitable basis. This evening a couple of the back Mails from Washington arrived by my instructions do not yet appear. My time spent in very much the usual manner. Mr Kuhn and Louisa dined and spent the evening. Mr Dexter was here. I went by invitation to meet the Wednesday evening club at Coll Aspinwall’s. Spent an hour in conversation and at supper, and then at home.

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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=DCA61d114