After breakfast, went to the Office much earlier than usual. Sat down to read a little
of Chitty on Contracts1
but was interrupted by the entrance of Richardson and my cousin T. B. Adams who passed
an hour with me. The weather has changed at last and now gives us damp and showery
moments. Afternoon passed quietly at the Office looking over some of the practical
parts of the law. Thomas B. Adams called at five, and rode out with me to Quincy.
Found the family as usual. Mr. Frye returned from Maine. The news from my Mother is
not of the pleasantest and I am afraid my letter of the 23rd has not been calculated
to improve it.2
Conversation with John and Thomas in the evening.