Diary of George A. Mercer June 15, 1860 - December 17, 1865
Copied from the original given by John H. Mercer Los Angeles, California for permanent preservation in the SOUTHERN HISTORICAL COLLECTION University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, North Carolina 1963
DIARY of GEORGE A. MERCER
June 15 This morning argued ease of McGloin in Staleys Ct. then read a little & wrote until dinner. In afternoon read Greenleaf's Evidence, and examined titles to certain Lots. At night went to drill room.
The day has been pleasant: Thermometer at 2 P. M. 80°.
June 16 Walked after breakfast. Prepared deeds from G.W. Garmany to Planter's Bank until 2. Posted Books. Dined with Partner.
After dinner worked at deeds until near seven: walked until eight. We were instructed to draw Fifteen Deeds and trace the titles: we have in consequence been very busy. Tonight (Saturday) I have read a few chapters in Montesquieu & a portion of Measure for Measure: shakspeare's power is finely exhibited in Isabella's entreaties to the stern Angelo to spare her Brother's life, and in her interview with Claudio.
The day has been very pleasant, the Thermometer less than 80° at 2 P. M.: 2 P. M. is the hottest portion of the day and our entry a very good place to test its range.
June 17 This has been a pleasant day: there was rain this morning after church. Thermometer at 2 - 78°. Walked at 6 P. M, round Lover's Lane, and on the A. & G. Road. I read Burke's speech on the Nabob of Arcots debts: nothing can surpass his splendid description of the desolation of the Carnatic by Hyder Ali, who hung upon the mountains like a great
black cloud which burst upon the plains. The English cruelties and abuses in India are drawn with a master's hand. This speech contains several of those filthy metaphors which sometimes mar Burke's productions. I now sit down to read some chapters in the Old Testament before going to sleep: it has just struck Eleven.
June 18 This morning drew Deed, examined titles and read in Kellys Ga. Reports: used Dumb bells, and have felt well and active. Dined with Mama. After dinner prepared papers in garnishment, and examined the law. Took tea with Aunt Lisa a then went to drill room. Day breezy & pleasant; Thermometer at 2 P. M. 84°. The northern papers are full usque ad nauseam - of the reception of the Japanese in Philadelphia & New York. The Democratic Convention wh. adjourned from Charleston is sitting at Baltimore. Bought today Campbell's Lives of the Lord Chancellors.
June 19 This morning draw deed, examined titles, read in Cobb's Analysis & Forms, and attended to office business. Studied tactics all afternoon. Tonight attended instruction meeting at Drill Room,. Morning warm and steamy: thermometer 80° at 2 P. M.: heavy rain before dinner and this evening.
June 20th & 21st Yesterday morning I was busily occupied in drawing five deeds, wh.
completed the batch from Garmany to the Bank.
In the afternoon I read the Pickwick Papers - an unusual indulgence. At night attended drill. The day was quite warm. Today I was occupied most of the morning in a criminal examination in Staley's Court: I then read Law till dinner. In the afternoon read Kent's Commentaries. This afternoon at 4 1/2 we had a heavy storm of wind & rain: the thermometer at 2 was 86 at 6 1/2 the Blues drilled in fatigue dress: notwithstanding the wet earth & still dripping skies. Fifty Two men were out. A painful swelling in the groin prevented me from joining my brother soldiers: it is the first parade I have missed.
I spent this evening over Boswell's Life of Johnson.
The Supreme Court has just closed its session in Savannah: owing to the presence of two new Judges, many decisions formerly made by the Court are altered or reversed: it exhibits in a painful light the evils of an elective judiciary: nothing is permanent or stable: this is itself an inconvenience; but the influence of this fickleness on the mind is the worst feature of the systems men should respect & revere the laws; but the mind is not constituted to reverence instability & uncertainty.
The Covode Committee has made its report, and the House has passed a resolution censuring the President: the precedent is a bad one, & it is difficult to foretell the result of such inquisitorial committees: they are useful as far as they discover corruption: but unfortunately their whole object is to worry & scandalize political opponents: they are modern inventions for coining political capital. - The New York