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Diary of Charles Francis Adams, 1861

Tuesday 8th

8 October 1861

Thursday 10th

10 October 1861
9 October 1861
Wednesday 9th

Fog, but it cleared by noon, which seems to be common here. My routine much as usual. Several persons to see me, principally to get passports one way or the other, but some to get money or aid. The multiplicity of forms in which this is sought is among the curious details of this mission. I wrote some replies to letters which come in at the rate of eight or ten per day. Went with Mrs Adams and Mary to take a drive which was quite pleasant. The foliage is falling, but under the late rains the verdure has recovered all it brightness. It looks as well as it did in June. This is the difference in climate with New England. The frosts now begin to bite our grass. Quiet dinner. Evening I continued Whitelock’s account of his Embassy to Sweden, in Cromwell’s day. It is curious and instructive. Without being a man of really exalted character, he yet possessed many honorable and effective qualities. Cromwell was obliged to use him even though afraid of his scruples and his want of flexibility. Whitelock on the other hand was stiff enough to make himself obnoxious, but not independent enough to secure the highest respect.

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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=DCA61d282