I changed my day for going to town principally on account of the intention to commence some new work on my place. I have been anxious to avail of the services of the men now about the place before they are scattered to Washington and about. Accordingly I began upon the road up to the house, which required some ploughing in the first instance and removing the surface to the bank around my house where I wanted it. The superintendence took up much of my time.
Mr. N. Curtis and Mrs. Boylston called to settle business with my father respecting the trust of Mr. Boylston and remained by invitation to dine. The first walked up with me to see my house. I nevertheless read before dinner eighty five lines of the sixth book of the Iliad and a little of Corisande. Afterwards I was unable to do much. Evening at home. Nothing of material consequence.