Morning opened very fine, for which I was very glad as I hoped it would afford a fine opportunity for my Mother to get on in her Journey. I went to the Office as usual. My time was very much taken up in little occupations so that I had no chance to do any thing very considerable in my German. I went to see the Exhibition of Butter to obtain the Premium, and made no effort to buy any as I thought it went too high. I then went with Abby to pay a visit to Mrs. Lee the new Wife of Wm. Lee of Washington. She did not please me much by her address. Returned to my Office and thus the whole morning passed.
Afternoon, busied in Cicero de Oratore, the first book of which I finished—To me much the most interesting and apt to our present modes of thinking. I think I have now mastered it pretty thoroughly.
Evening attended a Meeting of the Debating Society, the Question proposed for discussion was the probable influence of the French revolution. It was very tamely debated. I had prepared myself for a previous Meeting which I was unable to attend, and thought I would not lose the opportunity for trying my Powers this year. I found they had improved.