Morning at the Office. Received a letter from my mother, in good spirits. But I regret
to hear by it that my father talks of purchasing Meridian Hill.1
To be sure, this is no affair of mine, but I was in hopes that nothing would occur
to fix him permanently at Washington. The arrangement is not yet complete so that
I have still hopes. Read part of Blackstone (over) for the fifth or sixth time. Afternoon,
Say. Called to see Abby at Mrs. Gorham’s. Found her well, but felt anxious for her.
I do wish most excessively that she was at home. This business is longer and more
fatiguing than she ought to be subjected to. Felt dull and out of spirits. Evening,
Pope’s Correspondence with Swift and Bolingbroke. Interesting on many accounts as
exhibiting human nature though not exactly as they intended. Mr. Tarbell returned
from Groton, having buried his father.