Morning to town, but I find myself so late in reaching it that I am hurried for time
very much. My office too already looks as if it wanted a boy. At the house putting
my books up, find that I shall need another case which is not an agreeable discovery.
I was thus occupied all day until one when I thought I would ride to Quincy to dine.
My father had asked several persons to come to dinner, but none came excepting Mr.
Curtis. Thomas as usual. The afternoon was passed in a lazy manner. I became so ashamed
of it that I caught up a copy of Lady Montagues Letters, and read half the first Volume.1
They are pleasant, though not free from affectation and conceit. Evening, Conversation
with my father—General literature, Horace Walpole, Dr. Johnson.