Morning very clear and pleasant but it clouded up at night. I remained at home, walking up into the town on certain commissions, and then round by the quarries which are deserted, home. At the house, superintending the outside work which is in progress. The remainder of my morning passed in reading Homer, which certainly becomes easier. I find that I have still much to learn, but the Port Royal Grammar is a mine of information.
Afternoon, Humboldt and Lessing’s Laocoon which I barely com-282menced. The first, difficult to remember. I am perhaps more particular than most persons about an apparatus of study. I cannot do so well if I have not the assistances within my reach, which is much the case at home but not here. Evening the ladies walked up to the House, and back. The results are now daily becoming more visible and I am satisfied with every thing but the expense. Conversation with my father. Politics and Banking.