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