I went to the Supreme Court today, and heard a most powerful argument by Mr. Webster
on the Insolvent law case. I have seldom known him more interesting. His manner was
good and his argument was convincing.1 In the evening after one of our usual dinners, I went to the concert of the Miss
Gillinghams and was much pleased.2
1. In D/CFA/1, CFA mentions also hearing Edward Livingston and William Sampson.
2. Emma and Louisa Gillingham, daughters of a New York orchestra leader, were concert
singers who specialized in English and Italian music (Odell, Annals N.Y. Stage, 3:33, 291). Abigail B. Brooks was also present at the concert (D/CFA/1).
I heard Livingston’s reply today on this great law question and was confirmed in my
opinion that the laws are not constitutional.1
1. CFA also heard arguments from Walter Jones and William Wirt. He spent the evening
at home, working on the Executive Record (D/CFA/1).
I heard Mr. Jones and Mr. Wirts Commencement in reply to Mr. Webster. Mr. J. failed
completely. In the evening I went to Mrs. Johnston’s. Party tolerably agreeable. Given
to Miss Jane Ramsay, or in other words, Mrs. Jane Turnbull.
Mr. Wirt finished his argument on this great case, and it was very ingenious, but
Mr. Webster in his close scattered all it’s parts and finished in a very splendid
manner. In the evening I went to Mrs. Gales’s. Party dull.