At last a mild day. I went to Market and thence to the Office. My Wife a little better. Applied to Judge Leland1 respecting the Administration and filled up the papers which he gave me to be acted upon thus setting this matter into operation.
Home after a call of some length on T. K. Davis with whom I talked of things in general, and Mr. Walsh in particular who is as it seems to me rather inert. I am very sorry for him but he has been going down the hill so fast of late that he must be roused or left.
Sophocles. What constitutes the merit of the Coloneus? It has little or no action, but it’s sentiment is fine. The contrast of divine anger softened by the agency of earthly affections. Afternoon, engaged and evening also in my coins from the Athenaeum which furnish me a very interesting study.
Sherman Leland was the judge of probate in Norfolk co.; see vol. 4:269.