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Diary of Charles Francis Adams, 1862

Saturday 18th

18 January 1862

Monday 20th

20 January 1862
19 January 1862
Sunday 19th



Quite a cold day, freezing all the time. Attended Divine service at the Unitarian church, and heard Mr Martineau. He is a very good writer, and at eloquent, but a little too abstracted in his speculation to keep attention fixed. After service I called with Mrs Adams upon Mr and Mrs Hankey, and Sir Charles and Lady Lyell. The latter only at home. Sir Charles thinks the secret of the illwill to us here is to be traced to the terror of democratic movement entertained by the aristocracy. They feel it hanging over their heads, and think they may evade it by appealing to the example of our failure. They may do so, but it will not be by war with us. That will only accelerate their destiny. Sir Charles is one of the most liberal men in Europe. I took a long walk with Brooks. Quiet evening at home. Malmesbury, and George fourth; marriage.

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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=DCA62d019