Monday, 7 September, 1830

Nothing can well produce a more baneful effect in the happiness of a family than to a disregard of circumstances and perfect neglect of every duty. If your companion wishes to go to any particular place and you, from previous engagements, cannot, then it is her duty to willingly abandon the idea and be satisfied. If such thing be disregarded by either, domestic peace will never be enjoyed. Again, if your situation in life be such that you cannot consistently indulge in any amusement, it should be at once given up peaceably conforming in every instance to a just sense of your situation. This is an imperative duty and will be productive of more satisfaction than any indulgence not sanctioned by duty.