Tuesday. Novem. 17. 1840. A fine, bright, day. not cold. Catharine, came down early, invited us to tea with her, we did not accept, on account of Maria’s cold. We all went down to see Bell, sat an hour there, walked up to Aunt Remsens, spent an hour with her, then walked up to Canal Street. I jumped
in a stage and rode home, the girls walked. Cath. remained to dinner with us.
Wennesday [sic]. November 18. 1840. A snow storm, our first snow. Maria, and [I] sat sewing all day. She increased her cold yesterday. Garret went to Mr Anellis for a sitting of two hours. His foot wet when he came home. I cut three pair pantaloons for Louis. Julia ______ to her Book. Garret went to hear Mr Clay* this evening. Bought tickets for the course. ========================================
*Henry Clay was a leading American statesman and orator who represented Texas in both the House of Representatives and Senate. He was the founder and leader of the Whig Party and a leading advocate of programs for modernizing the economy (such as factories, canals, railroads and banks). Although his multiple attempts at the presidency were unsuccessful, he to a large extent defined the issues of the Second Party System. He was known as the Great Compromiser because of his success in brokering compromises on the slavery issue, especially in 1820 and 1850. In 1957 a Senate committee chaired by John F. Kennedy, named Clay as one of the five greatest Senators in American history.