A clear pleasant morning. I rode to town but without the power of effecting as much as I had anticipated. At the Office I finished the Draught of the Quarterly Account which I have suffered to run in arrear, and I gave many directions for the proper ordering of things at the house but was unable to go in person to see to them so that they will not be done.
A. H. Everett came in and read me a letter which he had written to his Constituents the Abolitionists. It was tolerably cautious and yet very evidently stretched as far as he can go to accommodate them. I went into a conversation with him upon general politics, in which I explained to him my grounds of dissatisfaction with Mr. Hallett’s course and my indisposition as well as inability to follow it further than the present Election. After which time, I should be disposed to try Mr. Van Buren fairly but impartially by his acts. Neither he nor Hallett can follow the same track because they are bound by nominations to office.
Home. Afternoon upon the hill where I found they had done my cellar foundations, and a very fair piece of work it is. It now remains to take proper precautions for the winter. I went to the Quarries and from thence round to the Canal. They have not delivered as yet more than half the lumber and I must against my will act by Attorney in the matter. Evening at home. Cards, and Lady Montague.