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Diary of Charles Francis Adams, 1861

Monday 15th

15 December 1861

Wednesday 17th

17 December 1861
16 December 1861
Tuesday 16th

We were up rather earlier than usual in order to take the train at a few minutes after nine o’clock, for London. Mr Bates and Mr Baring went in at the same time. The newspapers contain the abstract of the President’s message which is silent on the subject of the Trent. This would be quite cheering, if it were not accompanied with an indiscreet motion in the House by any old friend Lovejoy, and by a notice of Captain Wilkes in the Navy report which commends his action so far as it went. We reached home at ten, but I did not get the despatches until dark. They are not discouraging, for they shew the government prepared to listen to reason, but I fancy they are not disposed to obey dragooning. Much of my time was spent reading the American newspapers. Walk in the same course I took the other night with Mary when I lost my way. But I came out exactly as I meant to this time. Evening, Whist with the family.

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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=DCA61d350