Arise, General La Fayette, his son and Le Vasseur, dinner, Captn. Allyn,1 Mr. Custis2 and others, evening, Conversation with John.
1. Francis Allyn, master of the Cadmus, the vessel which brought Lafayette to America (Senate Document, No. 154, 24 Cong., 1 sess.).
2. George Washington Parke Custis (1781–1857), the Virginia playwright and planter, who was the son of George Washington’s stepson and was the father-in-law of Robert E. Lee (DAB).
Arise, at home all day, Dangeau, writing Notes, Gen. La Fayette, &c., dine out, evening quiet.
Arise, Church, Mr. Baker’s, beautiful woman, a prostitute, home, letter to George, and my Grandfather,1 finish Dangeau, dinner, Dr. Syon.2
1. Both letters missing.
2. A young Frenchman who first met Lafayette in Washington and accompanied him on the remainder of his American tour (Brand Whitlock, La Fayette, N.Y., 1929, 2:249).
Arise, Genl. La Fayette to Wood Lawn,1 Robertson’s Charles the fifth,2 at home all day, evening, ride and billiards with the ladies.
1. A section of George Washington’s original Mount Vernon estate, at this time the home of Col. Lawrence Lewis, who had married Eleanor Parke Custis, Washington’s niece (Auguste Levasseur, Lafayette in America in 1824 and 1825, Phila., 1829, 2:11; Washington, Writings, ed. Fitzpatrick, 37:63).
2. There are three sets of William Robertson’s History of the Reign of Charles V in the Stone Library, the earliest published in Basel in 1793, 4 vols. A London edition, 4 vols., 1777, is among JA’s books in the Boston Public Library. See Catalogue of JA’s Library, p. 214.
Arise, at home all day, Robertson, Hume Appendix, Feudal Law, evening ride with my Mother, visit from my Uncle T. B. Johnson.
Arise, at home all day, Robertson, Madame de Stael, l’Influence des Passions, General La Fayette returns.