9th This morning I do not feel so well but guess it is because it is so cold. Have been reading newspapers and finally concluded to come up and write in my journal. The war is the all absorbing topic. The battle of Monticello has been fought with an Austrian loss of 1500 & French of 600 to 800. I do so hope that France will conquer and then if England must meddle I hope that France will not forget that the best friend of France, the one who guided her eagles to victory (?) an (?) on the rock bound isle of St. Helena and the one too who would have secured to her rest, prosperity and freedom had not England, jealous of the spread of republican principles, interfered. England knows the grudge is not yet wiped out & (?) has even acknowledged it in a poem.