Christmas day. But it was unattended by the accompaniments which I have usually known
with it. My own time was quite busily passed in examining the law case argued last
night, as I do not expect to be able to do much in the latter part of the week. John
sent me a Note1
with some Documents and letters which I left last Summer in the City of Philadelphia.
Among the rest was a letter from Abby which I received just previous to leaving Washington.
In the afternoon engaged in copying from Judge Howe’s Lecture as usual. And then a
walk. My spirits were very indifferent all day. Evening at my room reading the Communications
of the different Presidents to Congress2
and copying Executive Record. Some caricatures were published in relation to Russel
Jarvis who has lately made himself conspicuous here.3