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Diary of Charles Francis Adams, 1864

Thursday 11th

11 February 1864

Saturday 13th

13 February 1864
12 February 1864
Friday 12.th

A change of weather to wet and warm. My work was light and yet it took me much of more successful in ferreting out the facts than on the first night. His compliment to me as having benefited both countries by assuming the grave responsibility of suppressing a despatch is a little beyond the reality. At the same time he dwells upon the series of counts in the early part of September, and describes them as a diplomatic triumph which they truly were. Lord Russell’s reply was not quite ingenerous. He now maintains that his answer on the 1st of September was not final. The language of that note will speak for itself. To affirm that the change in the evidence withing three days was such as to make a complete revolution in the tone is scarcely consistent with probability. Yet if he can make any use of such a flimsy pretence to protect himself from attack, I am content. Lord Russell is honest and true which Lord Palmerston is not. At the same time he is timid which makes him occasionally resort to shall contrivances of indirection, such as Lord Palmerston would scarcely thing of the latter has audacity enough to carry off his violations of truth. Towards evening Mr Evarts came in and kept me in conversation for an hour or more. We talked somewhat of the published correspondence, and of the French portion of it. Likewise of the legal operations which are going on. He staid so light that for the second time this week my walk was shortened. Evening we did not go to Lady Russell’s, but I read part of Vanity Fair.572

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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=DCA64d043