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Diary of Charles Francis Adams, 1862

Monday 30th

30 June 1862

Wednesday 2d.

2 July 1862
1 July 1862
Tuesday July 1st



I had several visits as usual. One from Mr Peabody, who came to ask me to go dine on the 4th at the Star and garter at Richmond, I have declined to take part in the celebration at Syndenham on account of its public character, and the impropriety of doing any act which could be deemed offensive to the pride of this people. But as Mr Peabody assured me that this was to be a very private affair, and out of town I saw no objection to accepting it. He likewise asked me if I would like to be present on the occasion of the141 presentation of the freedom of the city on the 10.th I said Yes, of course. The Mayor has already asked me to the dinner of that day, which involves me in the necessity of making a speech. But this too I must accept. So my hands are pretty full next week. But over and above that I had a committee to notify me that the American Exhibition had settled me to be the medium for the distribution of the awards, a ceremony which is to take place in much from on the 4th instant. I cannot decline this. Another visiter was Lord Lyons whom I was very glad to see. We talked a good deal of masters at Washington, and the Trent affair, and Mr Seward. I expressed the hope that he might do service here in giving some information to the University that would be likely to correct impressions heretofore made. I alluded more especially to the speeches of Lord Russell at Newcastle and of Mr Gladstone at Manchester. He admitted the unfortunate effect of these speeches on America. He did not believe the feeling there was at all understood on this side. I said I had done what I could to explain it to Lord Russell, but he was not easily moved. In my opinion it was important in the present state of the world to keep the two countries in harmony, as the general principles of their systems were the source. But the fact assuredly take a side against England. He said he was aware of it, and was very sorry. I went out in the carriage to pay some visits, especially one to Mr and Mrs Jones of New York. W. Everett dined here, and in the evening accompanied us to Devonshire House, where there was a general reception. Mrs Adams felt so unwell that she remained at home. A great crowd, though not so great as that of last year.

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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=DCA62d182