As I was getting up this morning I accidentally broke my washing basin and in endeavouring
to save it, cut my thumb so badly as to disable me from writing to my father according
to my arrangement. It was painful all day but in the morning I occupied myself in
my regular reading at the Office and in the afternoon and evening at my room looking
out the authorities for the cases just cited in a morning’s note to me by Richardson1
who was so much troubled that he omitted half of them.