Day quite stormy. Snow falling. Received a letter from my Mother1
announcing the engagement of John and Mary Hellen. This is in agreement with her last words to me and I feel rather pleased that it should thus come to an end. Of it’s probable effect upon the family I cannot yet make up my mind but in relation to George it certainly is unfortunate. There is much room for reflection in these matters. We are now taking leave of the unity of interest which binds a family together, to gain or lose by the exchange. I am much afraid she will not throw the balance on the side of the former. The day was occupied in study and conversation. Evening at home.