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Diary of Charles Francis Adams, 1862

Monday 14th.

14 July 1862

Wednesday 16th

16 July 1862
15 July 1862
Tuesday 15th

Later news received as late as eight days ago only tend to confirm the very unfavorable symptoms of yesterday. General McLellan was badly defeated on the 27th but he seems to have rallied on the 2d. The question now is whether he can sustain himself in his new position. On this point it is impossible to form an opinion clearly We must await the knowledge of the condition of the rebels. They boast of a great triumph and possible with justice. It hurts our prospect of terminating the war so soon, but I scarcely see except as it may revive the hope of foreign aid, how it is likely to relieve them. The evident satisfaction taken in the intelligence here is one of our delectations. It almost equals the days of Bull run. I tried to divert my thoughts by application to my accounts which I have at last succeeded in bring into shape. I afterwards took a walk and called to see Mr Muse in relation to one of the Despatches I received today from the government. I met him on his way to his house and he gave me the information I wanted. The disclosure is suggestive. Europe is153 moved to its centre by this struggle in America. A letter comes from Charles today dated at John’s Island the 18th of June, two days after the action. It seems that he was in it as attached to the staff of General Williams. He gives a lively sketch of the Conflict which ended so unfortunately for us. I am relieved by this intelligence, though it will only be the prelude to more anxiety. I cannot reconcile myself to the idea of his throwing away his life in such a strife. It is wicked, wanton, horrible. It seems to me that General Hunter’s idea is the right one, that the fighting should be done by the slaves who are the most interested in it. We dined today with Lord and Lady Wensleydale. The company but little known to me. Lord and Lady Lynden and Lord and Lady Auland, Sir David Dundas were all of whom I caught the names. To me being favorably situated its occasion was pleasanter than common. Not long afterwards we left before the evening company came in.

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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=DCA62d196