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Diary of Charles Francis Adams, 1862

Sunday 10th

10 August 1862

Tuesday 12th

12 August 1862
11 August 1862
Monday 11th

I tried yesterday evening to get a plunge bath in what is called the Hay Well, but was told that it was not to be had on Sunday. Today I met with better success. But the water was so cold I contented myself with a couple of plunges. The water appears to me much to resemble that at the New Lebanon Springs which I much fancied in my youth. After breakfast I strolled along the brow of the hill and was much amused by the spectacle exhibited. It is the day of the week when excursions are made to the hill from the country round. People seemed to be flocking up whilst all the donkeys and poneys were put in169 array at the fort to tempt the wary or the indolent to an easier ascent. We were ourselves bent on a strip in a different direction. This was towards the town of Worcester about eight miles off. Mrs Adams, Mary and I soon made the distance in a carriage over a very fine road whilst the boys went by rail and met us there. The town is mainly memorable as the scene of cromwell’s crowing mercy as he called it, which finished the civil war. It has likewise a cathedral which we were desirous to see. It has an older and more dilapidated appearance that most of those I have seen, at least in these parts which are not in process of renovation. The tower is much the handsomest feature of the exterior. Inside, at least one half and that the most important, the choir is given up to the workmen. The most pleasing portion to me was the Chapel and the Cloisters, which are quite complete. King John is buried here and likewise Arthur, the elder brother of Henry the eighth. Having viewed the whole, the next thing was to visit the Porcelain works which have become celebrated for their china. Here we witness the whole process of manufacture from the grinding and the mixing of the materials to the last finishing touch of decoration. It is both ingenious and elegant. We afterwards examined the show rooms and purchased a set as specimens. Thence back to Malvern. I walked the greater part of the way along a charming country road which it was a pleasure to treat. I find the fatigue not great either though the distances I make are considerable. In the evening, read a little of the Life of Pitt.

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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=DCA62d223