Morning at the Exchange to see my father. Had a great deal of conversation with John
about our family affairs particularly in reference to George. Also with Dr. Welsh
who thought he ought to go to my father, which I recommended. I then went to Cambridge
with my Father to see the Botanic Garden, calling at the houses of the Miss Danas,1
President Kirkland and Dr. Waterhouse2
on the way. A visit so formal prevented any thing like serious attention to the subject.
Returned to town with Antoine in advance of the President, being invited to dine at
Mr. R. D. Shepherd’s.3
An agreeable party. Sidney and Gorham Brooks, George and William Slocum, two Messrs.
Le Branch of New Orleans, Mr. J. Coolidge Junr. and Mr. John L. Gardner.4
Miss Shepherd is an only daughter and consequently much doted upon. She is tolerably
pretty. I rose from dinner to go to a party at Medford. It was rather dull. My acquaintance
was almost entirely confined to the members of the family. My spirits were completely
worn out by the continual excitement during the day and some little deviations from
what I thought propriety in Abby made me feel quite unhappy. Too much so considering
how trifling they were.