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Diary of Charles Francis Adams, 1862

Friday 18th

18 July 1862

Sunday 20th

20 July 1862
19 July 1862
Saturday 19th



A telegram this morning by the Arabia from Boston on the 9th put an end to all further doubt of the folly of the scheme of yesterday. So far as they go the accounts are favorable, though they do not leave matters around Richmond entirely easy. The extent to which the rebel force was crippled in the severe week’s fighting is yet entirely unknown. Much must depend on that. Having always been a great sceptic in regard to the estimates of the numbers alleged to be engaged on that side, I infer from the statements of the Richmond papers, that the place must now be filled with156 the wounded, and still more the sick. As the women are said said to have been removed, it must follow that large draughts must be made on the active force in order to care for them. Hence the ability to act aggressively in the field must be to a degree at least for a time shortened. Every day’s delay is precious to McClellan who has his new dispositions to make and reinforcements to receive. If he can pass a month safely the campaign may be continued, though the malaria will then be growing to its height. On the whole I incline to believe that he would do better to transport himself to Fortress Monroe, and trust to the gunboats for aggressive warfare whilst we finish up whatever may be left to do in the crest. The debate in Parliament last night ended in nothing, bu the manifestation of sentiment among the Tories. Mr Whiteside probably made the speech of the evening for that party. The question is manifestly handled more in reference to home than to external interests. Lord Palmerston’s speech was cautious and wise, but enough could be gathered from it to show that mischief to us in some shape will only be averted by the favor of Divine providence on our own efforts. The anxiety attending my responsibility is only postponed. I wrote a full despatch to Mr Seward, and sent it by the mail. Then with Mrs Adams to make visits. We had to dinner a party consisting of the Duke and Duchess of Argyll, the Duke of Newcastle, Lord Lyons, Sir Roundell and Lady Palmer, Sir William Martins, Lady and daughter, Mr and Mrs Cardwell, Mr Bates, Mr Tricoupi, and Sidney Brooks and his Wife. It went off tolerably well, and as the last of the season I rejoiced in it. I have now returned almost every civility that has been paid to me i this way. This is most particularly satisfactory as there is no knowing whether the power to do it will much longer continue.

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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=DCA62d200