Letter from Charles Francis Adams to Samuel Downer concerning his role at the reunion

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Title

Letter from Charles Francis Adams to Samuel Downer concerning his role at the reunion

Description

In this letter from Charles Francis Adams to Samuel Downer, Adams expresses his anxiety on being asked to speak at the reunion, fearing that he has so much to say that he will speak for too long and bore the audience. He hopes that Downer is only asking for brief reminiscences so that he does not have to say too much.

Subject

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

Creator

Adams, Charles Francis, 1807-1886

Publisher

Hingham Public Library

Date Created

1877 July 31

Rights

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Format

JPEG

Extent

3.30 MB

Language

English

Type

Correspondence

Identifier

bpc-0049
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Spatial Coverage

Quincy (Mass.)

Temporal Coverage

1848
1877 August 9

Rights Holder

Hingham Public Library

Text

Quincy 31 July 1877 

My Dear Mr Downer.

On reflecting upon your invitation I find myself in somewhat of a quandary as to your intentions in placing me in the Chair. If you expect me to say any thing, the Lord only knows where I shall stop. My recollection of that period is so full, and the papers in my possession are so abundant, that I know I should wear out the patience of every body in merely telling the story of that assembly.

If on the other hand you contemplate only brief reminiscences coming from different individuals who may stand ready to be called upon to say a word or two, I shall feel much relieved, and proceed accordingly

                                Very truly yrs[sic]

                                C. F. Adams

Physical Dimensions

8” x 5”

Citation

Adams, Charles Francis, 1807-1886 , “Letter from Charles Francis Adams to Samuel Downer concerning his role at the reunion,” Hingham Public Library Local History & Special Collections, accessed November 18, 2017, http://hinghampubliclibrary.omeka.net/items/show/54.