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Diary of Charles Francis Adams, 1863

Monday 21st

21 September 1863

Wednesday 23d.

23 September 1863
22 September 1863
Tuesday 22d.

This is my son John’s birth day, and he is thirty years old. As I myself advance toward the end My thoughts turn with more and more interest and tenderness towards my children. John is now established in life with a Wife and two children of his won. Heaven has been merciful and bountiful to me. Let me rejoice with trembling. I had visitors all the morning. Mr Parkes come in to remind me of a mysterious outgoing of his, last night, which the newspapers of this morning have explained by a notice that Mr Mason had signified yesterday to Lord Russell his intention to shake the dust off his feet from this inhos­468 inhospitable land, and to retire to Paris where Mr Slidell is better treated. This looks to me like a very foolish move, for it has a tendency to soften the animosity that is growing up among us. It has the aspect of a triumph on my part, which they might as well have avoided to give Messr H. W. Beecher and his companion whose name I have forgotten came in whilst Mr Parkes was talking and they remained some time. After them was Mr J. Randolph Clay, paying a visit of civility. By reason of these interruptions I found it difficult to finish a letter to Edward Brooks—and I had to give up a trip I proposed to Hastings to look for a house in that direction. The ladies prefer a short sojourn at the seaside. Walk and quiet evening. I am reading aloud the Lady of the Lake to the family.

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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=DCA63d265