Dined with Townsend and Thomson at Mr. Parsons's. I finished this day the first volume
of Vattel. The first book treats of the duties of a nation with respect to itself:
the second of its obligations towards others. His sentiments and principles appear
to be dictated by good sense and real virtue. They appear all to derive from that
law of nature, which every person of common sense and common honesty must wish to
prevail, Do as you would be done by.
Mr. Parsons endeavoured to perswade Thomson to give up his school; he told him it
would infallibly either murder his health or his studies: he himself had tried it
for two years and it had almost ruin'd him.
My trunks at length arrived from Boston, and I shall at least have more convenience
than I have as yet had here. Little pass'd the evening with me at my lodgings; and
his company is always agreeable.
I received a letter from Braintree.1
The french fleet have received orders to sail immediately for Brest, and it is added
they are enjoined to avoid all english fleets'. It is conjectur'd that the affairs
in Holland are now arrived at a crisis, and it is not improbable that England and
France will support the opposite parties.2