I went to town this morning, accompanied by my father. Engaged in accounts and devising means for payment of my various bills. Called upon Carey and paid him thus getting rid of that. Mr. Walsh came in and we talked. I have not seen him for some time and am struck with his talk as sensible. Called upon Mr. Brooks and had a little conversation with him.
Mr. Russel Freeman came and embarrassed me much with his talk about his Office of Collector of New Bedford.1 This is a species of monomania in him particularly troublesome when one reflects as is my case that he has not the remotest prospect of success. His particular object with me seemed to be, to know whether Mr. Hallett was in pursuit of the Office for himself, and if so whether it would be expedient for him to send in a letter of Mr. Hallett’s written to him last winter, 302appearing to favor his cause, as one of his recommendations. I replied by stating my present relations with Mr. H. and consequent disposition not to meddle in his concerns.
Dined at Mr. Frothingham’s. A small company consisting of Governor Everett and his Wife, Sidney Brooks, &do. Mr. Brooks, Mr. Stetson and Mr. Hedge, my father and myself. Talk of animal magnetism in which Mr. Hedge is a believer having been to Providence where wonders are performing through the agency of a blind old woman. A nine day’s wonder.
Home at five. At the house for a moment to see the surveyor, who is not yet finished. Evening, Loto with the children, the ladies having gone to town for the Afternoon.
For Russell Freeman’s political background and his hopes, see above, entry for 6 January.