A beautiful morning. I took a vacation from writing today in order to give myself
some variety. Office where I passed two hours as usual in examining Accounts and writing
At eleven I returned home for the purpose of taking my child Louisa to the exhibition
of mechanical figures by Maelzel. He has made a collection of all the extraordinary
pieces of workmanship which have occupied the attention of ingenious men. A tight
rope dancer with music, a lady playing the piano, a boy drawing, and a little figure
imitating the motions of reading, rising, bowing and sitting down. Besides these are
a little spider, a lizard, a mouse and a man. The latter by far the most difficult
and the least successful. This last cost three year’s labour and is not worth an hour’s.
Yet the exhibition is a very curious one to grown people and pleasing to children.1
It lasted about an hour after which I returned to see Mr. Brooks and from there to
Durand for the purpose of making an arrangement for his sitting.2
Home. The Afternoon and evening devoted to a perusal of the whole debate of 1790 which
exhausts the subject. I noted all the points.