Saturday, 31 July, 1830

Many people who are not intimately acquainted with such men are often deceived, and their popularity becomes considerable. This is somewhat the case with Mr. A. Lash. But their real principle will be developed, they cannot always wear this borrowed appearance, and then they sink below mediocrity and will yet be the fate of this family and particularly so with this dissembler. He is a brother to my wife's mother, but he is now the better for that connection. She, however, believes him a little god and he is the tutelary deity to her mind and secrets.