Continued my studies in Geography and read Lord Bacon, also one or two numbers in
the North American Review, which in my opinion is not exactly equal to it’s
predecessor. Having nothing to do, I walked with Johnson to the Capitol, but we were
not very well rewarded for our pains, Mr. Alexander Smyth being up, making remarks
and observations without end. We saw his papers before him and were always expecting
the present one to be the last but he always had one more so that we were entirely
disappointed for the day. Finding this to be the case, I went into the Senate. Mr.
Barton speaking very coolly on a case of land claims.1
This was the first time I had been here for three years, as last Winter although
often at the House, there never had been even curiosity enough to draw me here.
The speech here was as uninteresting as the other so that I soon returned to the
House. As Johnson was patiently sitting here, I joined him and we made observations
on the Members generally. Alexander Smyth is only famous for his proclamations, and
foolish conduct in the last war and for having excited the wrath of my father who
gave him a most complete overthrow.2
This is no
boasting as it has been allowed on all sides. He finished logicizing
and Mr. Rich then rose, and moved that the committee rise without
asking leave to sit again—which was carried without
counting the division, Webster voting for it. So this bill is laid asleep after
having made some disturbance and ill blood. We returned home very much amused on the
whole and spent the rest of the day in conversation.