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Diary of Charles Francis Adams, 1863

Thursday 10th

10 September 1863

Saturday 12th

12 September 1863
11 September 1863
Friday 11th

Cooler again. I this day brought up all arrears of my correspondence, and sent to the United States the largest private mail that I recollect. The Post of this morning repeats its statement that the vessels are stopped, but states that it has been done by notice to the owner, Mr Laird, that proof of their destination must be given before they can depart. On the whole the declarations made by Lord Russell in his speech at the Baxter park are more satisfactory than the givings out of the press. The latter have the savuer of Lord Palmerston’s malevolent caution. The American newspapers reached me today. The telegraph has anticipated the news. But the details tend to confirm the impression that the war is waning fast. Should Charleston surrender or be destroyed I think it probable that the internal discontent with the rebel government will be encouraged to develop itself with power. The rumor that they mean to arm and free the whole slave population is only a proof of despair. Such a proceeding would materially facilitate the solution of the grand problem of the war. In the evening, Mr and Mrs Lowell and Mr & Mrs Gardner came in and took tea.

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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=DCA63d254