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Diary of Charles Francis Adams, 1863

Saturday 18.th

18 April 1863

Monday 20th

20 April 1863
19 April 1863
Sunday 19th

Lovely weather. The news by the Asia this morning was much more cheering. The result of the Connecticut election shows New England still remaining from in the maintenance of the great principles at the bottom of the struggle. Indeed the attitude of the loyal States was never more noble than now. After two years of immense effort and of the very partial military success, the resolution to pressure remains unchanged in its character, but subdued to a more calm and moderate and therefore a more imposing sentiment. The wealth of the country at the same time shows itself not materially impairs and manifesting its confidence in the future by the freedom with which it cames forward to seek consolidation in the national securities. The difference in the condition of the combatants in now manifesting itself more strikingly every day. If the endurance of the Slaveholding interest continues much longer after the hope of ultimate success is extinguished then how I much mistake their character. The military progress is slow, but it is steady. I scarcely know whether to risk a great battle would be advisable. I trust the disposer of events is now rapidly in his own good time bringing round the blessed result of a peace that extinguishes the last spark of future strife. Attended Divine service. Mr Martineau preached upon the words of Christ “He that hath seen me, hath seen the Father &c” mystically monotonous in mental harmony. I walked with Mary to the Zoological gardens. The trees are now putting out thin foliage, the shrubs are in blossom, and every thing indicates spring. Evening quiet at home, read part of Mr May’s History of the last hundred years of the British constitution.

Cite web page as:

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=DCA63d109