I wrote my portion of Executive Record this morning and devoted the rest of the time
before breakfast to finishing Judge Cranch’s Memoir. It is a sensible, well written
thing in his peculiarly sententious manner. After breakfast my time was not occupied
very correctly—it being wasted in doing little of any utility or profit. I wrote a
letter to Richardson1
and rode with John in the evening. Conversation with the P[resident]
about the Memoir.