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Diary of Charles Francis Adams, 1862

Tuesday 4th

4 November 1862

Thursday 6th

6 November 1862
5 November 1862
Wednesday 5th
Tunbridge Wells



Rain and drizzle, which materially impairs activity in Watering places. Nonetheless I went out to visit one of the great manufacturing establishment for what is called Tunbridge ware. This is a species of Marquetterie or inlaid wood, which is my prettily done as applied to myriads of small articles. We could not see the process as the workmen were just then at dinner. In the afternoon I took a long walk, passing first through Neville park and the Green, and then going about two mies and a half to Eridge. Here is Eridge Castle and a great domain228 belonging to the Earl of Abergavennie. It is situate in the midst of heavy of heavy words which impart a gloom to every place here. The castle is not visible. The earl has built a church and several houses on the roadside which are in the antique taste and look becoming. But as I walked home along the lonely road which parts his Estate for a long way I could not keep feeling the solitude, and the sense of a possibility of executing outrage with little danger. I had this when in the woods at Norman Cort, and again here. To a family living in the heart of such a wilderness I should think the seclusion would be burdensome. It accounts to me for systematic invitation of company during the season of residence. I got home after six o’clock having walked at least six miles. Evening quiet. I wrote letters today to Louisa and John. I ought not to omit to mention that at breakfast who should make his appearance but Charles, the messenger of the Legation with a letter from Mr Moran, to get instructions to send off Captain Crann once more to the Western island on a hunt for the pirate in No 290. This sprung out of a representation of Mr Dudley, the consul at Liverpool, who is full of alarms springing from the but of secession in which he lives. Remembering the case of the Trent last year; I was somewhat disturbed before I saw what it was about. The reaction on learning made me a little vexed, and I sent Charles directly home with a note a little redolent of my feeling. I authorized the message however, though my experience of Captain Crann gives me no hope of good from his enterprise any where.

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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=DCA62d309