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The Perfection of Human Society 199 by a sermon in Westminster Abbey. Mme. de Castiglione and Garibaldi covered, between them, too much space for simple measurement; their curves were too complex for mere arithme tic. The task of bringing the two into any common relation with an ordered social system tending to orderly developmentin London or elsewhere was well fitted for Algernon Swinburne or Victor Hugo, but was beyond any process yet reached by the education of Henry Adams, who would probably, even then, have rejected, as superficial or supernatural, all the views taken by any of the company who looked on with him at these two interesting and perplexing sights. From the Court, or Court society, a mere private secretary got nothing at all, or next to nothing, that could help him on his road through life. Royalty was in abeyance. One was tempted to think in these years, 1860-65, that the nicest distinction between the very best society and the second-best, was their attitude to- wards royalty. The one regarded royalty as a bore, and avoided it, or quietly said that the Queen had never been in society. The same thing might have been said of fully half the peerage. Adams never knew even the names of half the rest; he never exchanged ten words with any member of the royal family; he never knew any one in those years who showed …
356 MEMOIRS OF JO H N QUINCY ADAMS. [February, 2 1 st. Arriving at the Capitol at half-past ten, I found the Court of Impeachment just opened, and Mr. G. W. Campbell recommencing his argument, which took him about an hour- H e cited yesterday and this day various authorities. After him Mr. Clark made a very few observations on the fifth and sixth articles, which were peculiarly left to the Virginian man agers, but which are so faintly supported that they seem to be abandoned by the prosecutors themselves. Here the managers finished, reserving to themselves the reply when the defence shall be concluded. Mr. Hopkinson then opened the defence, and, in a speech of about three hours and a half directed to the first article, did the fullest and most satisfactory justice to his cause. The Judges counsel divide the several articles between them, and Mr. Key is to speak to the second, third, and fourth articles. But he, being much indisposed, was allowed the same indulgence as Mr. Campbell yesterday. The Court retired between three and four oclock, and the Senate immediately insisted upon adjourning, though I pleaded hard for the third reading of the Georgetown Charter bill. This precipitation of adjournment had probably some cause unknown to me. Mr. Randolph, the chairman of the managers, has not made his appearance in Court yesterday nor this day. 2 2 (1 . The hour …
A NEW ENGLAND SCHOOLMASTER pany who used to gather in the schoolmasters home. Mrs. Adams comes back to me, she writes, as the type of a perfect and rounded motherhood. I remember her as a large woman with a full, frank face and light hair, through which ran soft threads of gray. A child friend on one knee and I on the other, her broad lap seemed to us the most cheerful resting-place in all the world. If we hurt ourselves, we tumbled incontinently into her nursery and cried it out in her loving arms. If we were overflowing with fun and joy, we took her by storm, pulled her down among our rag babies and block houses, fed her with our mud pies, and grew old and wise and good as she kissed and*petted us. I can never remember that she told us we were sinners or prayed with us; but she gave us big red apples, the biggest and reddest that ever grew out of Eden, and she would tell us, as she watched us greedily devour them, how much nicer it was to be good and have such nice things than to be naughty and for that shut up in some dark closet. She loved flowers and her little garden J7 I
James Allen Adams is a member of the Adams Family.