Cool and clear. At the Office, studying out Accounts, and with two or three Country visitors. Mr. Adams from Quincy with a bill, and Col. Jones from Weston with an advertisement for a Wood sale. After accomplishing matters with them, I took a walk, calling upon Mr. Jas. H. Foster about the matter of the Pew.1 There is difficulty about it.
Afternoon, reading Bacon and Virgil’s fifth book. I accomplish very little. Since the election which is now very calm, I have little to put me out of the even tenor of my way. I go on even more secluded than ever from society and contented in the belief of the general innocence of my course and the hope that I may improve my time and myself to the utmost without the injury which must result to me, if I give way to the paths of stronger temptation.
J. H. Foster, in addition to his mercantile activities, was deacon in the First Church and had in his charge the church’s management; see vol. 3:92.