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Friday, 27 August, 1830

Have been busily engaged during the day and my reflections have been principally confined to that deception so much practiced among mankind in their intercourse with each other. I have seen in those who have pretended to be my best friends more deception than could have been suspected from the warm professions of esteem often repeated. We must always closely observe the movements of all, whether intimate or not. Real friendship is calculated to elevate and purify our enjoyments in this life. But we cannot see into the minds and see the motives that operate in those we may, for a time, consider our friends. In order to detect the ruling motive of any intimacy that may be offered, it is not only necessary to have attention directed to others, but we should use self-examination, and in our intimacy never transgress the bounds of propriety or lay ourselves under any fearful obligation.