Morning at the Office but not much occupied. Wrote a letter to my Mother and conversed
with George. My mind was disposed to dissipation of thought, and so I read Pelham.
This I finished in the afternoon. I have been much interested in it. The book bears
signs of a manly and vigorous mind. The reflection is of a very high character. Novels
are in general dangerous resources for studious Lawyers, and I consequently dabble
in them but very little. Conversed with George upon it. His mind is a pleasant one
from it’s high cultivation, and though it is undirected to any useful purpose from his want of steadiness of [ . . . ] action, it affords agreeable results in desultory conversation. Evening with Abby,
found her dull and could not succeed in rousing her. Am I right in wishing this probation
over. For the cold and the hot of lovers is after a certain period quite distressing.