Cloudy but very warm with a thunder shower in the middle of the day which did not cool the air much. I went to town accompanied by Mr. Brooks full of trouble about my shawl. Much of my time was consumed in attending to it. However by persuasion I at last induced Mr. Cunningham1 to exert himself agreeing that if he would get me off the Shawl I would take at the same price a point Lace pelerine which he could not sell. Thus the matter was finally settled and my mind prodigiously relieved. For though I did not want the Lace, yet it is a representative of much more permanent value. It cost $200 at Brussels. No news from Washington. Returned to Medford. Afternoon German. Read Ovid also by snatches, for we had visitors. Mrs. Frothingham, Miss Wales and her brother and Mrs. Emmons. An uncommonly hot night.
Joseph L. Cunningham, the auctioneer; see vol. 3:19.