I can read tolerably well when I am alone in the office, and make as much progress in one day, as I can sometimes in a week, when all the other gentlemen are here. I have read through the first volume, and have made some progress in the second of Blackstone...1 And I read it I think with more advantage, than I did the first time; but my progress is slow; too slow.2
1. JQA’s ellipses.
2. In his line-a-day entry, JQA mentions “Mrs. Hooper’s. Evening” (D/JQA/13, Adams Papers, Microfilms, Reel No. 16).