Morning rather warmer. I was occupied in examining authorities for my No. 5, but the utter silence in which my papers are received discourages me. I must try and wait for No. 4, but I do not think Mr. Hallett has aided me in the mode of publication very seriously. He has so many other irons in the fire that the Paper is falling to ruin. Perhaps this is best. There are too many drags upon it.
Office, and thence down to pay money and regulate accounts. Received a Dividend and advanced still farther on my father’s account. Mr. Sparrel called to ascertain the proportions for the proposed plan, which I gave him.1 Then home where I finished the first Satire of Juvenal over again, and looked over some of the MS Letters. Mr. Frothingham, P. C. Brooks Jr. and T. K. Davis dined with me and we had a very pleasant time. After dinner read a little of Thiers. Evening at home quiet. Tried to write something for a toast tomorrow but without success.
Evidently CFA in pursuance of his father’s request had consulted William Sparrell, Boston architect, about plans for a building to house JA’s and JQA’s books and papers. The project seems to have had its genesis several weeks earlier when on 18 June JQA recorded in his diary: “I opened this day my trunks of Books and papers which I sent by water from Washington. I have no room for them in my Library, and it has stimulated me to the formation of a new project of building an Office of Stone where my books and papers, and those of my father may be kept