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JQA Diary, volume 39 26 November 1833
JQA Neal Millikan Press Recreation

26. V:30. Tuesday.

Sewall Dr Everett Edward

My only certain time for writing, is the morning from my rising hour till breakfast— After breakfast, visitors, Newspapers, unexpected and unaccountable casual calls, consume Time, like fire without flame fretting it away by the five or ten minutes at a time, till the moment of sallying forth for exercise comes, and unless seized, is gone— A walk of an hour and a half brings me back to a late dinner—after which reading or writing are both irksome, and often impracticable— This Evening I was with a lamp in my hand reading a prosy Article in the Telegraph, when it lulled me to a doze, and my lamp set fire to the Newspaper which it took some expense of breath to extinguish— I made several efforts to write, but was obliged to give it up. I had a morning visit from Dr Sewall; and before dinner walked to the Capitol— There I met Chilton Allen of Kentucky, and Mr Foster of Georgia, and Mr Potts of Pennsylvania— On coming out, I met in the Avenue Heman Allen of Vermont, and afterwards Coll. David Crockett of Tennessee— I did not recognize him, till he came up and accosted me—and named himself— I congratulated him upon his return here; and he said yes— It had cost him two years to convince the People of his District that he was the fittest man to represent them, that he had just been to Mr Gales, and requested him to announce his arrival, and inform the Public that he had taken for lodgings two rooms on the first floor of a boarding House, where he expected to pass the Winter, and to have for a fellow lodger Major Jack Downing— The 190only person in whom he had any confidence for information of what the Government was doing— This Major Jack Downing is the fictitious signature of a writer in some of the Newspapers, assuming the character of a shrewd, trickish, half-educated Yankee Major of Militia, writes Letters from the President’s House, as entirely in his confidence, and telling all the petty intrigues of the cabinets and favourites by whom he is surrounded— After dinner Mr Edward Everett called, and we had some conversation upon the state of Politics in Massachusetts— I found he was anxious to convince me that if the House of Representatives should elect Morton and me as the two Candidates from whom the Senate are to choose a Governor, the Senate would choose Morton— I told him I supposed they would, and should be much obliged to them if they should— I saw his object was to prevail upon me to decline in favour of Davis; but I was not disposed to let him know what my intentions are— He and his brother Alexander are both reeds shaken with the wind— I spent part of this Evening in assorting pamphlets.