Mrs. Clay’s first party. It was very full and went off very well indeed. This is the
first attempt at entertaining which has been made by her as she was shut up last winter.
And called as she has been from her own domestic and rural retreat to this high station
in active life she had much to fear. He has in all his situations kept her much in
the back ground, and rumor says he has not been altogether an example of fidelity
during his long absences. I have not much opinion of his morals myself, but a very
high estimation of his talents. The last to me are of the most importance as the former
require a little mending in my own case before I criticise others.2