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Diary of Charles Francis Adams, 1861

Friday 22d

22 November 1861

Sunday 24th

24 November 1861
23 November 1861
Saturday 23d

The day was mild and clear. I was busy in completing the draught of my note to Lord Russell which was copied, together with the deposition, and sent by three o’ clock. In the evening I received a hasty note in answer, acknowledging the reception of it, and intimating that the outfit of the Steamer would be stopped under the enlistment act. This gave me some little relief, first by its promptness, and secondly by its manifestation of willingness to do something. Upon this much of he preservation of good feeling in America must depend. Mr Bates called in to see me, and asked some questions upon the present state of affairs. He said he should recommend our people to forego long voyages, for a time. The operation of this act of the Nashville may be of two kinds. It may stimulate the commercial people to a more furious293 prosecution of the war, or it may turn them to a negotiation for peace. In either event the effect will be to shorten hostilities. As to the pride or honor engaged I do not count much upon that as an element in trade. The news from America does not yet leave the safety of the expedition by sea yet quite certain, though a comparison of probabilities would seem to favor it. I drove to the city to Messrs Barings which consumed two hours. A supplementary despatch to Mr Seward with copies of the papers was prepared, and Mr Goodrich having come in from Belgium on his way to the united States, he was entrusted with it to go to Queenstown tonight in season for the Steamer which leaves Liverpool today. Thus comes a respite from toil and anxiety until the next thing turns up. My son Henry went out to pass Sunday with Mr Bates. In the evening Mrs Adams and I went again to Lady Palmerston’s. A larger assemblage than before and stiffer. The corps Diplomatique generally there. Lord Palmerston spoke of the news of the expedition, and I told him precisely how it came. The issue of it will have a very material bearing on our relations here, and every where. Nobody addressed me without introduction tonight. Lord Stratford de Radcliffe, his Wife and eldest daughter were there too. And I noticed a shade more of formality in them than when at Ossington. This is directly confirmatory of the impressions I have already received of English habits. Home at twelve.

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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=DCA61d327