Passed the morning at the Office. Mr. Webster invited me to dine with him. Company.
Captain Basil Hall of the Royal Navy, and his Lady,1
Mr. Geo. Ticknor, and his lady, Mr. and Mrs. Hale,2
Mr. Bancroft, Geo. Blake, Mr. F. C. Gray and myself. The first named gentleman, to
whom this dinner was given, is a man who has distinguished himself by publishing some
travels, and has been so much praised in consequence that he comes here now to try
his hand upon this Country. His manners are not first-rate although he seems an intelligent
man. I was much pleased with Mrs. Hale. Ticknor was always my aversion. Evening at