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Diary of Charles Francis Adams, 1862

Monday 21st

21 July 1862

Wednesday 23d.

23 July 1862
22 July 1862
Tuesday 22d.

My morning was much absorbed by visits. Mr Dudley and his legal adviser at Liverpool came to see me, to consult upon the course to be taken about the affair at that place. I advised them to see Mr Collier and to take his advice. In the mean time I prepared a new representation to Lord Russell. The evidence is strong and convulsive. We shall see what the effect is. I also wrote some other notes. A telegram arrived as late as the 14th giving rumors of small disasters either real or fictitious. The other news was more material, as intimating the suggestion of a policy of emancipation by the President, and his determination to sustain General McClellan which portends another change in the War Department. On the whole the account of the response enjoyed by the army for twelve days indicates a great share of exhaustion on the other side. The reinforcements have likewise come in. So that the problem is not essentially changed. The question now more than ever centres on Richmond. We must await the issue patiently as we can. I went out and stopped to see Mr Bedford’s photographic views taken during the visit of the Prince of Wales to the East. They are very fine. Nothing but absolute seeing can improve upon the reality of the representations. Mrs Adams and I dined with M de Bille, the Danish Minister. Mr and Made Carvalho, the Minster of Chili, Mr and Mrs Story, Mr Mrs and Miss Washington Jackson and his Secretary Capt Falbe made the party. It was tolerably pleasant. The Billes have been uniformly friendly to us since we have been here.159

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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=DCA62d203