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Jan. 1st  The day has been cold & windy. Father went out as usual with Dr. Bache. He came home much earlier than usual on account of the cold. He did not say much about his visits but mentioned tho he had been very cordially received by the Sec. of War who asked him why he did not provide better weather for the New Year, adding the Smithsonian and the War Department find it difficult to suit everybody. Nell was sick so we did not enjoy our calls as much as usual.
Jan. 2nd We expected Prof A   & his wife. Dr. Torrey & daughters & other members of the New National Academy but they have not come.
" 4th Prof & Mrs A   arrived this morning they had been detained by an ice freshet
       The Academy opened to day. Outsiders will not be admited until the constitution & rules of the Society have been properly arranged Mrs. A rested during the day. In the evening Dr. Torrey arrived & about an hour after his daughter The latter had left N.J. the same day as her father but had passed a day of two in Princeton the former had also been detained by the ice freshet. Dr Hall, the Geologist & Dr. [[Shoreg?]]