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Tuesday, 19 July, 1830

I was introduced to Mr. Samuel Reynolds who has just returned from Massachusetts where he says he finished his education. He is far from having learned one of the most essential parts of wisdom and that is to be above little haughty pride. He shows himself to be a mere coxcomb, a proud upstart, valuing to have a fine suit of clothes more height than any other qualification; or it seems he thinks a gaudy dress compensates the want of information, or that information adheres to a fine dress. But a fine dress is, in poor individuals, sure to cover poverty of mind as well as body, because it is for the want of sense that so much pride is made use of, as was satisfactorily proven to me by a few hours conversation today with this poor fellow.