Arose very early and after dressing and taking a hurried breakfast I went into Boston.
Found Abby ready to go to the Steamboat and was informed that by the absence of Mrs.
Everett, she would be compelled to assume all the qualities of entertainer. The party
consisted of Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Johnston of Louisiana, Mr. Everett and ourselves.
We met many other of our acquaintance on board. Mr. R. Peters1
and his daughters, Mrs. Gorham, Miss Carter and many others. The day was very warm
and fatiguing. The quantity of fashionable company, the noise of children and the
glare of light produced an excitement which had an effect very unpleasant upon the
feelings. One day at Nahant is always dull, especially when you have to entertain
a pretty requiring woman. Our dinner was hurried and ill served. Mr. Webster, who
had come down with a Mrs. Perkins of New York,2
seemed to think it exceedingly dull and I agreed with him. After killing the time
as well as we could, she having expressed a desire to go by land, we returned to Boston
in a Carriage, I riding outside a portion of the way. On my arrival at B. I immediately
started for Quincy, which I reached exceedingly fatigued.