All the family rose between three and four o'clock to see William off. We had prayers and an early breakfast together when he started to Marietta in a drizzling rain, before daylight, going in a two horse buggy with George to drive, expecting to take the Wheeling boat and arrive in Washington tomorrow. He feels reluctant to leave home this winter and does not have very pleasant anticipations of life in Washington.
William Cutler, Julia's brother, was returning to Congress as a Representative from Ohio. He had not been reelected, however, so he was a "lame-duck".