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lmost, I might say, miserable; care-worn, wrinkled, haggard, and wearing out. He was very pleasant, and asked much after you; talked about general matters as much as he could, but still constantly came back to politics.
From Mr. Clay's we went to Mr. Vaughan's, who showed more pleasure at seeing me than I thought he would. . . . . Mr. Webster and he seemed quite familiar, and we all dine with him to-day at five o'clock, without ceremony or company; and on Wednesday, which is the fete of St. George, the titular saint of the King of England, we dine there again in great ceremony, with all the heads of Departments, the foreign ministers, their attaches, etc.
April 22.—First this morning I took Sally S. in a coach and went to Georgetown, to the convent, where I. W. lives, to give her a parcel from her father.
She is a nice round lively little girl; and the whole air of the convent, and seeing I. through the grating, interested and amused S. so much that I was very glad I took her.
ed by John Randolph in the House; but in the main I was rather dreary and homesick.
April 25.—Yesterday we had quite a pleasant time at Menou's.
French Minister. He has bought a small cottage, and after nearly rebuilding it and fitting it altogether in French style, he has made it a pretty little snug place for a bachelor.
Mr. Webster dined there, General Van Rensselaer, M. de St. Andre, Prince Lieven, my old classmate Hunt,
See ante, p. 7. Judge Johnstone, and General Stewart of Baltimore.
We had a nice little dinner in the library, and a nice little time altogether.
Afterwards William and I spent an hour with General Van Rensselaer, at the Livingstons,
Mr. Edward Livingston and his family.
See ante, pp. 350, 351. very gayly.
All Washington looks rather trite to me. The divisions of party have infected social intercourse. . . . . The whole thing is much less gay and amusing than it was when we were here together.
I have been very happy in my visit to Mr. Webster,