Morning at the Office. Occupied in reading and writing, first my Journal, then Starkie
and some Massachusetts Cases on Evidence. The weather quite warm. In the afternoon,
as I felt pretty confident that my father had arrived, I concluded upon riding to
Quincy at once. Upon reaching it, I found my father and John at the old Mansion where
they were about to establish themselves. The house looked poorly but the presence
of it’s owner made it seem more cheerful. My father looks pretty well, but he has
a manner which I never before saw in him of quiet sadness, in itself really affecting.
John seems pretty well and in tolerable spirits. I had much conversation with them
upon various subjects. George’s affairs more especially which must directly be attended
to. The arrangements are that I shall go to Quincy and that we shall live there keeping
Bachelor’s Hall. Louisa Smith to take care of the House. Evening, return to town,
bright moonlight and pleasant ride.