I arose at about half past five o’clock and read Cruise’s Digest1
until breakfast. It is not my intention however to devote this time also to the Law hereafter. But as yet I have adopted no other course of reading. Morning at the Office in diligent attention to Selwyn.2
Afternoon occupied in a similar manner. Declined an invitation to a ball at Mrs. Ticknor’s because Abby was not invited and passed the evening in occupation at my room. Richardson had promised to come and spend the evening with me but failed.
1. William Cruise, A Digest of the Laws of England, Respecting Real Property, 5 vols., N.Y., 1808.
2. William Selwyn, An Abridgment of the Law of Nisi Prius, 3 vols., Phila., 1807–1808.