Went to the French Minister’s. A very dark evening indeed. So much so that we could with difficulty keep the road, although it was straight all the way. Very few people there this evening in consequence. And I had quite a dull evening.
1. CFA spent the morning at home, reading Voltaire and Spenser and working on the Executive Record (D/CFA/1).
Another Concert of the Miss Gillinghams and others for the relief of the Alexandria sufferers. I went in deshabille and was so ashamed of it, I could hardly remain. Introduced to Mr. Macready, the English actor.2
1. From D/CFA/5. In the morning CFA remained at home, reading Voltaire and Spenser and working on the Executive Record (D/CFA/1).
2. William Charles Macready (1793–1873), the English actor and theatrical manager, who was making his first visit to America.
Walked to the Capitol but remained there only a few moments. In the evening, I went to a Private Concert given by Mr. Vaughan. It was rather dull, and I got into a bad humour owing to a difficulty with Mr. Bankhead, as I cannot tolerate rudenesses from foreigners of his pretensions. I had a good deal of conversation with Mr. Macready; he is a pretty agreeable man. We returned before the Concert closed.