I have given up all pretences to study any more this week. The Court of Common-pleas
sits here; and I shall attend that. It was near one o'clock this day before they met
and then they immediately adjourn'd till the afternoon. I was there after dinner.
Nothing was done but calling over the actions. Judge Greenleaf1
gave a very short charge to the grand Jury, in which he observed to them, that frequently
persons were charged, by malicious enemies, of crimes whereof they were entirely innocent;
and he recommended to them to be upon their guard, so as not to be deceived by false
accusations, of that nature. The court adjourned by five o'clock. I went and took
a walk with Mr. Symmes and Townsend. Symmes was sworn in at the Court of common-pleas,
this time last year: but has not I believe an immediate prospect of making his fortune
in the profession. I was with Townsend at his lodgings till between 7 and 8 o'clock.
this afternoon told me a piece of news which shock'd me exceedingly. That Sam. Walker
was rusticated; and for a crime, which is the more infamous, because it can be attributed
neither to youthful levity, nor to the extravagance of ebriety.3