Fine day with a cool Easterly wind. I went to town accompanied by my brother. My time was very much taken up in doing little commissions for my Mother who was to entertain company today. I went also to my House where I found that Painters engaged upon the second coat. One of the rooms was done and upon looking at it I did not know whether to be pleased or displeased with it. I do not think it can be called ugly. But it does not equal my expectation. I had time enough to read a Chapter of Bradford’s History, and I engaged my man servant for the first of next month. This I believe completes my family.
After a good deal of walking to and fro, I went to the Stable and meeting my brother we returned to Quincy. My father entertained a small company to dinner. Mr. Sergeant, Mr. Crowninshield, I. P. Davis, Lieut. Gov. Armstrong, Edward Brooks and Josiah Quincy. The party was quite a pleasant one, and they went away in good season. On the whole, it was far better managed than I thought possible. We all retired quite early.