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Diary of Charles Francis Adams, 1863

Friday 25th

25 December 1863

Saturday 27th

27 December 1863
26 December 1863
Saturday 26th.

I left Mount Felix after breakfast, taking leave of all the inmates, as well as all my own family. Got to town before noon, walked to the city where I found only Mr Baring Young out of the partners, got some money and then by the Metropolitan Railway home, which I reached at one. The American despatches letters and papers had all arrived. Much of my time consumed in reading them, but of news there was less than usual. To me the528 interesting thing was a letter from Charles at Warrenton on the 22d of last month, not very late news to be sure, but not the less prized. He is still of opinion that nothing can be done on the Rappahannock, so that now Meade seems to be fixed there for the winter, I hope he may be induced to come away. As I got nothing from John, my inference is that he has started on his trip to Washington. The public news is favorable so far as it goes. The Scotia made the shortest passage yet. Towards dark I walked to Morley’s, to pay a visit to Mr Judd, the minister to Russia, who is on his way back. Conversation about public affairs with he speaks of in a highly favorable state. The public mind calm and confident. The sentiment in favor of the President’s reelection quite unequivocal. A little movement among Mr Chase’s friends which would scarcely come to any thing. I asked him about the Union Leagues, and their late demonstration as reported. He said it was a very formidable organization which had spread like magic. One branch of it was secret and might some day do harm. I remarked on the reported dictation to the President, which I hoped he would treat as it deserved. He had heard nothing of it before he left Washington, and did not credit it. Quiet evening at home.

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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=DCA63d360