Morning cloudy with flakes of snow. I went to the Office where I read Sismondi more attentively than usual. His chapter upon Banking is quite instructive. I took the book home with a view to translating it and sending to some Newspaper, but when I came to reflect upon the state of the press I was discouraged. If I print, I must pay for my printing, that is clear enough, for the expression of opinions which have no party bearings is coldly received by all sides.
Letter from Washington. My mother gives an account of a dinner at 11the President’s at which Abraham Van Buren spoke of the ability of my Pamphlet.1 Home. Sophocles. I find my text so erroneous in my own copy that I need another and as I have one volume of another from the Athenaeum which contains Electra and not Antigone, I thought I would read that first. Afternoon continued the work upon coins which is becoming tedious in the lower Empire.
Evening, Mr. Brooks was here. Abby is improving slowly but has been made uneasy for some days by the ailing of our little girl who seemed quite heavy tonight. The baby grows.
LCA to CFA, 18 March [in 18–21 March], Adams Papers. Abraham Van Buren was the eldest son of the President.
Cloudy, dull weather. I went to the Office and was occupied there for some time. Received letters from T. B. Johnson who is at New York just arrived from England1 and A. H. Everett at Washington.2 The former could not restrain himself from returning, even in the winter, notwithstanding his dread of suffering from the voyage. He now goes to Washington whither he desires me to transmit to him an account of his funds, and this I sat down to execute this morning.3
The other letter is a curious one. It’s only object seems to be
I forwarded the Pamphlets as desired but without a letter. The copy-12ing these, took most of the afternoon. I read Sophocles however. Evening, sat with my Wife until nine and then Ferguson. Louisa still poorly.
18 March, Adams Papers.
CFA to T. B. Johnson, LbC, Adams Papers.
CFA to A. H. Everett, LbC, Adams Papers. The views there stated are: “I am still in favour of a new Bank to control [Biddle] as well as others in which the Government influence should be equal to that of the Stockholders and the President of it a Government officer removable by Stockholders. These of course are individual views, they square with those of no party.”