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Diary of Charles Francis Adams, 1864

Thursday 15th

15 September 1864

Saturday 17th

17 September 1864
16 September 1864
Friday 16.th

Variable weather, with showers which are rapidly bringing up the verdure. I worked with much assiduity in preparing both public and private letters. At the same time I had visits from several persons. Mr Forster came in to ask about our affairs, and also about our paying him a visit presently. Count Lavradio, the Portuguese Minister to speak of the capture of the Georgia, which he admitted was perfectly legal. All that he had to say was that the coals which were on board belonged to his government, and he hoped that the cost of them would be reimbursed. I said that I did not doubt it. The Georgia had been taken from no desire to incommode the government of Portugal. Had she been actually purchased in my belief no objection would have been raised. But as she was only hired for three months, there was no security in suffering her to run upon the ocean. I expressed my regret to leave that the money for the charter party had been advanced. The Count said yes. But the consideration having failed, that payment would be recovered. Mr E l Fisher also came to ask some questions about the organization of the Sanitary commission here. I said that in my own opinion there was none. He evidently wishes to retain the semblance of one, and to get me to advise him to do so. I avoided the expression of any opinion. Sir Henry Holland and Dr Hawkins both spoke favorably of Mary’s improvement, and gave cautious opinions about her removal to any other place. Walk—and 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=DCA64d260