Tuesday, 29 July, 1828

Called to see a man in the last stages of Nervous fever. He is quite delirious. Prognosticated his death. Here an old man asked me if he would get over it, and before I had time to reply, said, Doctors always gave a good opinion so they could come again and make money. Sir, said I, that is reflecting on those of my profession and as you must believe me to be actuated by such motives, any opinion I may advance cannot be believed to be the truth, so I must beg to be excused from answering your request. But you are mistaken in such ideas.