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Diary of Charles Francis Adams, 1861

Tuesday 29th

30 October 1861

Thursday 31st

31 October 1861
30 October 1861
Wednesday 30th

Fine. This was one of those day of incessant hustle and interruption which happens from time to time, and which when it does come puts an end to all prospect of regular occupation. First of all was Mr Forster who came again to sound me with respect to the state of things between the governments, evidently with reference to the expediency of getting up some public demonstrations to counteract the obvious tendency of opinion in sympathy with the cotton and commerce of the slaveholding states. We talked over th whole case, on both sides, he taking the English and I the American view of our own politics. He suggested some things of which I shall endeavor to make use, and I think I gave him some views of our politics that were new to him. He concluded on the whole that it would be better to remain still, at least for the present. After he went, Mr Hadfield came in just arrived from America. He had much to say respecting the relations between Canada and our northern boundaries under the reciprocity treaty. There is a difficulty in that266 quarter which seems to be superadded on all the rest. Mr Hadfield is rather diffuse both in conversation and in writing, but he is honest and really industrious in a good work. He left with me a long draught of a report to read. After he went a conference was requested by Mr la Fuente again. He had nothing new to say however and appeared only to wish to know if I had heard from Mr Corwin, or from the government about Mexico. I read to him a portion of the last despatch from Mr Seward and from the instructions to Mr Schurz at Madrid. He had nothing to propose. He said that he had not received his despatches which had probably gone to Paris. He alluded to a report that the priest party had organized a force with Spanish Officers and was in arms in the Sierra under the flag of Spain. I happened to have received a newspaper last night, which had been sent to me from Mexico, and which contained this story. He took leave, promising to see me again. Just before dinner, Mrs Frothingham arrived with her two daughters, and her son Edward. She went up at once to her room, but her children reported that she had borne the journey voyage remarkably well. They purpose going on to Madeira as soon as they can. The evening was of course taken up with them until I went over to Thomas’s Hotel, to talk over the arrival with Sidney Brooks and his Wife.

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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=DCA61d303