Saturday, 28 August, 1830

Ms. N.J., somewhat advanced in life to be yet in a state of celibacy, was very intimate in my family since I have been married and with my companion before. I must, however, acknowledge her goodness in many instances, let the motive for so doing originate from what source it may. Yet I could not implicitly confide in those great professions of esteem. Time will always develop the hidden deception of men's professional goodness. i believe it may generally be laid down as infallible that when so much is said about love, esteem, respect, there is but little reliance to be placed in its genuineness. There is no reality in it.