A change of twenty degrees in the atmosphere made us feel as if we had not absolutely bid good bye to Winter. I went to the Office as usual and divided my time in the way I commonly do. Pursued the reading of Gouverneur Morris. There is just enough published to show what remains behind. I would give a good deal to be able to read the letters to him of which those published are the replies. Mr. Sparks has exercised considerable caution in his selections. Yet another might have done worse.
Took a walk. Met Judge Rodgers, a singular mind. Afternoon, Anquetil whose account of de Retz’s escape from death at the meeting of the Parliament is extremely interesting. He was an extraordinary genius.
In the evening went to Gorham Brooks’. Mr. and Mrs. J. Gardner and Mr. N. Silsbee Jr. Supped there and returned home late. I am becoming so tired of this way of life which is altogether new to me, 35that I hope the time is not distant when we may be allowed to change it for a more quiet and domestic one. Above all, my studies suffer exceedingly.