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Diary of Charles Francis Adams, 1862

Saturday 26th

26 April 1862

Monday 28th

28 April 1862
27 April 1862
Sunday 27th



rather cooler, but still fine. Attended Divine service at the Chapel. Mr Martineau preached from the injunction of the Saviour, Be ye perfect, even as your father in Heaven is perfect. After service, I read a sermon of Dr Walker upon the infidelity imparted to all great men. It is difficult to find a more marked contrast between two preachers. Yet for all the valuable purposes of religion the second is much to be preferred. Took a walk with my daughter to the zoological gardens. The foliage is coming forth, and the whole country is of a brilliant queen. I met there Count de Flahault and his daughter. The former is recovering from illness and still looks badly. He had with him the Count de Morry reputed to be his son by Hortense Beauchanais. I was presented to him, and we had a few words of conversation. His business here is matter of speculation. Some say American affairs. Evening quiet at home. Mr Lampson spent a couple of hours. He spoke of Mr Peabody’s toast, and explained the causes of the delay in action, which are very sufficient. On the whole this was a day of quiet enjoyment and satisfaction. I am becoming accustomed to my new room, and the sunlight which dwells on it all day, making it at once cheerful and genial has marvellously contributed to give elasticity to my spirits.85

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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=DCA62d117