We had barely done breakfast when Mr. Spear and Mr. Humphrey were announced as having come on the surveying expedition. We went 68out accordingly and spent the morning in marking out the courses of the road. Starting from the gate somewhat east of the old mansion on the other side of the Street, we measured out a path twenty seven feet wide along the ridge of the hill to the end of the lot bounding upon land of Isaac Bass, and on the cross roads, meeting a road marked out by Mr. Savil and another upon the Hancock Lot. The first of these was also followed up to the bounds of the land on the South West. I see nothing impracticable in laying out the whole ground although I know of no probability of any very immediate call. The piece I measured turns out with slight alterations, eight rods wide by fifteen rods deep, making about three quarters of an acre. I had this staked accurately and the rest is all to be marked out upon the plan. Having finished here, my father crossed over to Penn’s hill where he wished a piece surveyed for a purchaser. This part of the town is thriving from the extent to which the business of boot making is carried—Another kind of industry quite as profitable as cutting stone. And land is here at the highest price. We were thus taken up until dinner time, and returned to the House not a little fatigued and sunburnt. In the afternoon, I continued my labour upon Diary, but found myself suffering slightly from head ach.
My head ach had not entirely left me this morning which I spent partly in writing but was soon taken off to go to town with my father and Wife in the Carriage. We went early to give him an opportunity to execute some business which after all, I believe he did not succeed in. I was glad of a little time to arrange my Accounts, but it was much disturbed by visits of Isaac P. Davis1 and others.
At half past two my Wife called at the Office for us and we went to Charlestown to Governor Everett’s. There were at dinner there, Mr. Brooks, his sons P. C. and Gorham with his Wife, Mr. and Mrs. Frothingham, a Mr. and Mrs. Chinn of New Orleans, strangers, J. C. Gray and I. P. Davis. The entertainment was very handsome but I did not enjoy it partly from head ach, partly from feeling no great interest in the company.
I am a little amused by the manner in which Governor Everett treats me. A sort of doubtful feeling seems to pervade him whether in fact I am politically opposing him or not, and at the same time an appearance of respect which he did not formerly show. My situation respecting him is a singular and a very unpleasant one. I can have no 69confidence in or respect for his political opinions and conduct and yet I have much feeling for his situation and amiable temper in private life. We left Charlestown at about six, bringing I. P. Davis with us to town, and thence home.
On Isaac P. Davis, Boston merchant, see vol. 3:145–146.