Mr. Gilman here tuning piano. Maggie Voris here to dinner. William has sent home quite a number of valuable books. Among them the U. S. Expedition to Japan. Smithsonian and Patent Office Reports. Congressional Globes. The Fallen Brane, &c. Some of these have fine engravings.
Maggie Voris was Lizzie Cutler's 26 year old sister.
William Cutler, who was serving in Congress, seems to have access to books that were of great interest to Julia. The U.S. Expedition to Japan refers to the expedition by Commodore Perry in the late 1850's.