Morning, Blackstone, visit from G. Wheatland, death of F. Wilder, walk, evening, Ball at Genl. Brown’s, crowded.
Morning, walk, Supreme Court, Mr. Talbot, dull, visit to J. Quincy, letter from George,1 information from him.
Morning, walk to Capitol, House of Representatives, Mr. McDuffie, The Constitution,1 Beaumont and Fletcher, evening at home.
1. The House was again debating George McDuffie’s proposed constitutional amendment which would have altered the system of electing the President and Vice President (see entry for 16 Jan. 1824, and note, above). McDuffie spoke at length in favor of the amendment (Register of Debates in Congress, 19 Cong., 1 sess., 2:1365–1376).
Morning at home, Blackstone, Beaumont and Fletcher, evening, Ball at Mrs. Johnson’s, Quincy, Wheatland.
Morning, walk to Capitol, House of representatives, Mr. Storrs of N.Y., good speech,1 dinner party at home, Wheatland, evening, walk.
1. Henry Randolph Storrs spoke against the proposed constitutional amendment (see entry for 15 Feb., above), stressing “the inefficacy of the amendment to accomplish even its professed ends, and its impolitic and dangerous disturbance of the rights of the States” (Register of Debates in Congress, 19 Cong., 1 sess., 2:1395–1417).
Morning walk with Wheatland, visits, Dr. Watkins, Capitol, Supreme Court, Mr. G. Blake, ludicrous mistake in our visit, evening at home, dull.
At home all day, letter to Richardson,1 small dinner party, Quincy, C. King,2 Wheatland, Huntt, Mr. Gallatin, Col. Dwight, evening, walk.
2. Charles King (1789–1867), second son of Rufus King, JQA’s minister to England, and editor of the New York American, a pro-administration paper (DAB).