Charles went to Boston this forenoon.
I have been somewhat idle for several days: and expect to continue so till the exhibition
is over; for so long as that is before me I can pay very little attention to any thing
else. I found this to be the case last fall, and do now, still more so but, thank
fortune I have only one more trial at the worst, of this kind to go through; which
will be at commencement unless we should obtain a private one. Distinctions of this
kind are not, I think, very desirable; for besides the trouble and anxiety which they
unavoidably create they seldom fail of raising the envy of the other students. I have
oftentimes witnessed this with respect to others and I am much deceived if I have
not lately perceived it, with respect to myself.