Letter from Charles Francis Adams to Samuel Downer about speaking at the reunion

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Title

Letter from Charles Francis Adams to Samuel Downer about speaking at the reunion

Description

In this letter Charles Francis Adams responds to a request from Samuel Downer to speak at the Free Soil Party Reunion. Adams expresses reluctance to speak publicly since he is older and his nerves are shaken easily. He says that one of his biggest problems is that his voice is weakened and does not carry well through the air. He is also worried about being portrayed negatively by the press. He states that if Downer can not find another suitable candidate for speaking, he would be willing speak.

Subject

Downer, Samuel, 1807-1881
Reunions
Abolitionists
Abolition movement
Political parties
Invitations
Public speaking
Anxiety
Older people
Journalism

Creator

Adams, Charles Francis, 1807-1886

Publisher

Hingham Public Library

Date Created

1877 July 27

Rights

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Format

JPEG

Extent

5.90 MB
5.74 MB

Language

English

Type

Correspondence

Identifier

bpc-0028a
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Spatial Coverage

Quincy (Mass.)

Temporal Coverage

1877 August 9

Rights Holder

Hingham Public Library

Text

                Quincy 27 July 1877

My Dear Mr Downer

Your second note reached me yesterday. It somewhat changes the nature of the invitation you were kind enough to send me, and places me in a more conspicuous situation than I altogether covet. The progress of age has a good deal shaken my nerves; and there is no such thing as escaping from the claws of the press, which catch up and display to the public without remorse whatever may be casually said whether good or bad, wise or unwise. Still if you can hit upon no more suitable person I will not flinch from the trial for a short time. One of my chief troubles is the weakening of my voice which does not go very far in the open air - And this always warns me to be short. With these explanations I leave the matter wholly in your hands

                Very truly your’s

                C. F. Adams

Physical Dimensions

8" x 10"

Citation

Adams, Charles Francis, 1807-1886, “Letter from Charles Francis Adams to Samuel Downer about speaking at the reunion,” Hingham Public Library Local History & Special Collections, accessed November 18, 2017, http://hinghampubliclibrary.omeka.net/items/show/31.