Clear but cold with a sharp Easterly wind. Mr. Walsh came up and took breakfast with us, after which we started for Quincy so that I might redeem my engagement to meet Mr. Field and Mr. Bass to execute the Leases. We arrived there but found them not. I then walked over all the ground upon the Hill and talked over the whole of my project, again deciding for the upper side.409
As we had leisure, I determined to go on to the Quarries and pay them a visit. We went over the various ones and I was astonished to find the progress which had been made. The Stone business will be in probability the fortune of the town of Quincy. If it spreads with the rapidity with which it has commenced I do not see the bounds to the progress. My father comes in for a share of this prosperity which might be very materially enlarged if he was a man capable of giving to money affairs any great degree of attention. I distrust my own capacity that way also. After a pretty laboured examination we returned to Boston by dinner time.
The exercise or I know not what had however brought on a head ach under which I suffered the remainder of the day. I wrote notwithstanding. Elizabeth C. Adams dined here. In the evening, my Wife and I went to Mr. Frothingham’s and had a half hour’s pleasant conversation.