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Diary of Charles Francis Adams, 1863

Monday 16th

16 March 1863

Wednesday 18th

18 March 1863
17 March 1863
Tuesday 17th

The weather is chilly and variable. I received a great number of Despatches and some private letters, rather disappointing my expectation of success in accomplishing a plan of remittances. The very high rate of exchange makes some remedy or other necessary. Most of the Despatches transmit answers to the addresses which likewise place me under embarrassment. The general news is of the adjournment of Congress, after passing all the measures necessary for carrying on the government until next year. The joint resolutions against mediation likewise passed by very large majorities. It is therefore plain that the war will go on at least until the term of the short enlistment expires. This will stretch over the planting season of the south, and thus continue the scarcity of cotton from that source. Under such circumstances perhaps the policy of delay in military operations may be the best. We had at dinner today Mr and Mrs Pierce and Mr Munchton Milnes, the latter very amusing. His health is breaking down under the taste for society and high living. And yet he cannot cut it off.

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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=DCA63d076