Evening at Mrs. Clay’s. I was engrossed almost all the evening by Miss Brooks. This
young lady’s character is so singular that I am much struck with it. Talked much of
that affair of her brother Sidney and Miss Marshall.2
1. From D/CFA/5. CFA spent the morning at home, reading Voltaire and working on the Executive
Record (D/ CFA/1).
2. The engagement between Emily Marshall, the celebrated Boston beauty, and Sidney Brooks (1799–1878) was broken; she later married William Foster Otis (Crawford, Mass. Families, 2:247, 249).