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Diary of Charles Francis Adams, 1862

Sunday 12th

12 January 1862

Tuesday 14th

14 January 1862
13 January 1862
Monday 13th

The Papers this morning contain the letter of Mr Seward in answer to Lord Russell. It is a very able paper and exhausts the question. Yet the snarling curs of the war party are eager as ever to bark at it. The Post retreats from its position of last week as to the suppression of the Despatch of the 30th of November, and now maintains that it was not of the smallest consequence. If so, why the earnestness in suppressing it? Why the positive denial in the first place that the paper contained any reference whatever to the Trent, and then the charge that I had suppressed the matter for my own purposes? The truth doubtless is that Lord Palmerston was afraid of the extent of the reaction it might produce, and thus disarm him in his policy of the browbeating America, should she not readily give in. He therefore did not scruple to stimulate an irresponsible agent even to the persistence of a falsehood after it must be exposed to the world as such. Such is his calibre of Statesmanship! I had several persons to see me. Mr Lucas, Mr Weed, Mr Ropes, and a Mr D B Martin who has come with a commission from the Government to buy plates of iron with which the protest ships intended for the attack of fortifications. I took a quite a long walk and in the evening read Lord Malmesbury. Henry came back from Walton today.

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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=DCA62d013