I was detained later than usual in consequence of my having to draw a Check upon the Bank in this place. I then went into town and found myself somewhat cramped for time. I first attended a Stock Sale for the purpose of investing the small sum belonging to Elizabeth. But I found nothing that suited me. The pressure for money is very considerable and reduces very much the price of Stocks. But most of those now habitually sold at Auction are such drugs and of so little intrinsic value that even a low price is hazardous. I could not adventure and therefore returned to the Office.
Mr. Spear of Quincy came in and we had much talk upon a variety of subjects, principally connected with the disposition of the property at Quincy. This detained me until late when I went over to see Mr. Brooks and consult him respecting the expediency of my mode of building. He gave me many ideas which will prove of very great use to me I do not doubt. There is a great value in practical knowledge of the subject. I must acquire it slowly and patiently and by asking. Returned home late.
Afternoon passed partly in reading Livy and partly in a walk. There is no part of my daily life which gives me so much pleasure as the short period spent in reading the Classics. Evening, read several numbers of the Discourses on Davila.1 A very interesting Essay.