Morning, Bath, writing letters to George and Richardson,1 Madame de Genlis, Memoirs, evening at home, Johnson Hellen.
1. Both missing.
Morning at home, Sergeant’s Constitutional Law, Spanish, Madame de Genlis, evening, walk.
Morning, Capitol with J. Hellen, House of Representatives, Mr. McLane of Delaware, Mr. Powell,1 evening at home.
1. The House was debating the propriety of sending United States representatives to the Inter-American Congress at Panama. McLane wished to forbid our ministers from discussing “any proposition of alliance, offensive or defensive, between this country and any of the South American Governments.” Alfred A. Powell, of Virginia, agreed that “every thing in the shape of a pledge” to the Latin American states should be avoided, but he emphatically endorsed the sending of the mission, which was “demanded by high and important considerations, bearing directly upon the special interests of the Union” (Register of Debates in Congress, 19 Cong., 1 sess., 2:2011–2029).
Morning at home, Constitutional Law, unwell, evening, a Drawing room, low spirits.
Morning at home, unwell, Dr. Huntt, Law, Spanish, Madame de Genlis, evening at home, Miss Maese.
At home all day, indolence, La Cretelle, Histoire de France, Siecle Dixhuitieme,1 dinner party, Mr. Noble of Indiana.2
1. CFA’s copy of Jean Charles Dominique de Lacretelle, Histoire de France pendant le dix-huitième siècle, 10 vols., Paris, 1819–1824, is in the Stone Library.
2. James Noble (1785–1831), who served as Indiana Senator from 1816 to 1831 (Biog. Dir. Cong.).
At home all day, assorting Newspapers, letters to Richardson and George,1 La Cretelle, evening at home.