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Diary of Charles Francis Adams, 1864

Sunday 10th

10 January 1864

Tuesday 12th

12 January 1864
11 January 1864
Monday 11th

A mild, clear pleasant day. Letters and newspapers from America absorbed an hour or two of the morning. Then to the City, to see Messr Baring, first in order to procure a letter of credit for Mrs Adams at Paris, and next to make an arrangement about the proposed purchase of guns for Massachusetts, initiated by Mr Scott Russell. All this was done, and I came home in season to go out with Mrs Adams and Mr Evarts, to make a call upon Mr Mercier who has just come from America with his Wife on leave of absence. It seemed to be the wish of Mr Seward that I should do this civility, and so I did it. But I have not a particle of faith in him, or his muster. We also called to leave our names at Marlborough House and see the bulletin which is favorable. Thence to other places. Finally I got out and went to see M. Bille, the Danish Minister. He was suffering from a cold much as I have been. I told him that I had come to express my sympathy with him in his national difficulties, having myself had sufficient experience of the kind. I said that I thought the policy of England thus far had been any thing but friendly. It has obtained sacrifices which had only placed Denmark in a false position. He assented. I asked him if there would be war. He said Denmark would rather fight at once than wait for the decision of a conference which might be against her, when she would only do the same at a disadvantage. He spoke of the decision in the Alexandra case made this morning, and alluded to the Iron clad at Glasgow, which I should be glad to learn had been purchased for his government. I said this was a great relief off my mind. We were going542 on to talk more freely, when the Swedish Minister was announced. After some general talk, perceiving that they had special subjects I took my leave. It is a period of great anxiety with both these powers, threatened as they are by the violence of the Germans. Home. Quiet evening— Read a little of Vanity Fair for the family. Brooks was out at the Theatre with the Sturgises.

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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=DCA64d011