Snow continues with pretty warm air. I went to the Office as usual and passed my time in reading the Parliamentary Debates. Came to the famous speech of Mr. Burke on Conciliation with America which is a jewel. It is a pity that two or three coarse yet strong figures rather depress the general tendency of the style. When I read productions like these, I feel the full
I did not take a walk today. Afternoon, Lord Bacon, Novum Organum. Evening, Tom Jones, and writing. I was a little depressed today. I know not why. But at this season, it will be so sometimes. Read some of the Psalms which relieved me.