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Thursday, 17th December, 1846.
I submitted today to the usual trouble and annoyance of members of Congress and others, who called as usual to apply for petty offices for their friends. Many persons called to pay their respects, both ladies and gentlemen, and I was compelled wholly to neglect the business on my table to receive them. . .
At five o'clock P.M. I had invited the diplomatic corps residing in Washington to dine with me. At that hour they commenced assembling. All the foreign ministers now in the city, with their wives and those attached to their respective delegations, attended and dined with me.
- James Polk