The Ladies dined with the Marquis de la Fayette. We went there before dinner. Mr.
Williamos tells me the Abbé de Mably is dead. He was very old; not less I think, than
78. Yet although it is probable, that had he lived many years longer, I should not
have seen him, above once more, still I was much affected at the news, because he
was not only a man of great genius, and learning, but was one of the best men in the
A wit's a feather, and a chief's a Rod,
An honest man, is the noblest work of God1
He has written a number of works, that are published, and he has left several to appear
after him. 2. vols. of Observations upon the History of France,2
a Treatise, sur le beau, and another on the Course of Passions in Society are ready
for the Press.3
We dined at Count Sarsfield's, where there was a small, but chosen Company. He shew
us some of the drawings of Countess Spencer,4
which were exceedingly well done. In the evening, we went and took up the Ladies
at the Marquis's.