Morning cold and unpleasant. At the Office and in Court. This Controversy has at last
excited me very much and I could not avoid writing a short Article for the Patriot,
notwithstanding the express injunction of my father to keep quiet.1
The course of the federal Newspapers is too unfair. Nothing going on in Court, so
that I continued the examination of my Papers and destroyed a number. Afternoon, read
the Trial of Mr. Child for a Libel on Mr. Keyes,2
and a Chapter of Adam Smith. Evening, Pope, Dunciad and his Numbers of the Guardian.