Wednesday, 20 July, 1830

Whenever I see a man vain of dress I think at once he is a mere simpleton, a conceited blockhead, a hypocritical pretender, having nothing to recommend him to notice but the fading show of his covering. Decency is commendable and necessary to show proper respect to society. But to be vain, proud, and haughty is detestible; or to act as though it confer merit and deserving of particular respect is impious and should be frowned down with disguest. If a man be able to afford it, let him enjoy it, let him indulge in extravagance but never harbor the idea that it alone deserves any regard in any way.