A dinner at Obregon’s:2 The Company consisted of as many of the Corp Diplomatique as recognize Mexico to
be a sovereign State. Mr. Clay, Mr. Sanford,3 van Rensselaer, Gen. Lyman4 and others. I sat next to the last named and was dull.
1. From D/CFA/5. CFA spent the morning at home, reading Voltaire and beginning Pascal.
JQA’s set of Blaise Pascal’s Œuvres, Paris, 1819, is in the Stone Library, which also contains his copy of Pascal’s Les provinciales ou les lettres par L. de Montalte, Cologne, 1657, and a two-volume edition of the Pensées, Geneva, 1778. Among JA’s books in the Boston Public Library is a copy of Les provinciales, Paris, 1754 (Catalogue of JA’s Library, p. 188). CFA also worked on the Executive Record (D/CFA/1).
Evening at Mrs. Clay’s. I was engrossed almost all the evening by Miss Brooks. This
young lady’s character is so singular that I am much struck with it. Talked much of
that affair of her brother Sidney and Miss Marshall.2
1. From D/CFA/5. CFA spent the morning at home, reading Voltaire and working on the Executive
Record (D/ CFA/1).
2. The engagement between Emily Marshall, the celebrated Boston beauty, and Sidney Brooks (1799–1878) was broken; she later married William Foster Otis (Crawford, Mass. Families, 2:247, 249).
Strolled to the Capitol. Heard a long discussion about points of order. But was more
induced to stay because Miss Brooks was there. I conversed with her all day, and only
returned home in time to dine. In the evening, I went to Southard’s.2 And we had quite a large party. It being the first this winter. I spent my evening
very much in the society of the same young lady. Which leads me to a discovery which
I have been gradually coming to for some time.
1. CFA spent the morning at home, reading Voltaire. He found Mrs. Everett with Miss Brooks
at the Capitol (D/CFA/1).