The day was bad, clouds with rain and snow. I went to the Office as usual and was occupied in Accounts and comparisons &ca. My affairs require pretty rigid attention now that I am engaged in so extensive a contract as my present one for the House at Quincy. Mr. Walsh came in and we had some talk.
I called at the Advocate Office to see Mr. Hallett but could not find him. I have not had any opportunity to see him for a great while although I have often called. This morning I found his card upon my table and was on that account more desirous of finding him. The walking was comfortless and so I went home. Read Livy.
Afternoon, engaged upon the papers. Restored a considerable number of Letters and looked over several bundles of mixed papers into which it is difficult to put order. My Wife was sick towards evening which depressed my spirits. Read Grahame’s History of the United States in the new edition which I am comparing with the old one.1
The comparison had been projected when the expanded edition had been published a few months earlier; see vol. 6:394. On CFA’s careful study and review of the 1827 edition, see vols. 3:27, 213, 226, 394, 428; 4:116, 440.