John and I rode into town this morning and I was busy during the day as usual. I arranged and brought up more fully my brother’s books, and then went and made inquiries at the different places in regard to the steps now proper to take. Then attended a sale of stocks for my father and got Mr. Cruft to purchase eighteen shares of the New England Marine Insurance at three per cent advance, to replace an investment of United States 6 per Cent stock which is to be paid off on the first of July. This done, consumed the morning, I dined at the Exchange with John and afterwards, he and I rode to Winter Hill to see Mrs. Everett and Abby, and to take tea. They both seemed well and in good spirits. Returned at seven and after waiting for John to go marketing and getting the Mail at my Office, we rode to Quincy. Reached there by nine, took Supper and had some conversation with my father upon my prospects.