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Diary of Charles Francis Adams, 1862

Monday 15th

15 September 1862

Wednesday 17th

17 September 1862
16 September 1862
Tuesday 16th
Norman Court



A letter from Henry this morning announcing nothing by the bag to call me home decided us to remain another day, and to leave tomorrow with the rest of the guests. The day was again fine. Mr Lear left us, much to my regret. He had a great deal of talent and much experience of life, which makes him interesting. Mr Baring drove with us earlier than usual in order to visit Longford castle, the seat of the Earl of Randnor but now in the occupation of his Lord Folkestone. It is a stone edifice never entirely completed, prettily situated in the midst of a park, and in front of a little sheet of water. The interior is awkward and ill contrived, but it contains a collection of near two hundred pictures of very unequal merit. The best is perhaps the celebrated one of Claude Lorraine called the coming of the Roman Empire of which I have an engraving in my house in Quincy. There are one or two curious Holkins and a picture of a youth very well done. The light was very bad in most of the rooms, and the time so brief200 that I could form no ideas of the merit of many. We then drove home. Two miles short Mr Baring stopped and proposed a walk the rest of the way which I gladly accepted. He took the opportunity to show me his farm buildings, and stock all of which he seems to have revered. This Estate was bequeathed to him by the will of a relative, Mr Charles Baring Wall, and thus at an advanced period of his life he came a farmer. It is evident that as yet he has not made much direct progress, but he does what is quite as good employs good agents. With his fortune, the Estate is only a pleasant toy in his hands. The burdensome part of it to me would be the labour of entertaining all the world. Yet to him a single man used to the active habits of London commercial life and to politics and parliament, the solitude would be oppressive. The dinner was the most lively we have had. Messrs Hankey, Dodson and Baring being in Parliament talked much of Mr d’Israeli and other prominent men. In the evening as our musical resource had left us, we had conundrums and a game of pool. I looked on today a large collection of political caricatures issued during the struggles of the reform bill. Many are well done. They are pretty free and in our country would be reckoned as scurrilous. But historically they are valuable.

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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=DCA62d259