Did not attend Church to day but staid at home and took Medicine in order to start fair for the Winter. Hitherto it appears to me that they have been exceedingly dull and dismal as far as the want of parties can make it so, although there are more strangers in the city than there have ever been so at least it is said. For here we go altogether by hearsay. It is supposed that the gayety will commence next week although it is believed that the Winter generally will not be as much so as usual owing to the absence of almost all the foreign ministers who are usually great entertainers. Madame will decide most probably two thirds of the pleasure of Washington to visitors, at her own will. Her Tuesdays are determined upon however but they are to be in every other week instead of every week as they used to be last year. We all retired early.