Fine morning but it afterwards grew cloudy. I went to the Office and I believe for the first time since New Year devoted an hour or two to Parliamentary Debates. Read the progress of the Ministerial fears during the period when a combined resistance displayed itself of the extent of which the actors had formed no conception. The parliamentary opposition appear gradually gathering courage and strength. Took a walk.
Had company to dine with me, Mr. Slocum, Josiah Quincy Jr., W. E. Payne, Dr. E. G. Davis, T. K. Davis and P. C. Brooks. Nothing remarkable happened. Things went on pretty well and the company did not all leave until nine o’clock. This is the largest and most expensive entertainment I have given. Its nature is that of a tax on property. Retired early to bed.