Wednesday, 9 September, 1830

Have visited one of those poor men made rich on the credit of others. Of all people in the world, such men are the most deplorable. How important, how wealthy, how able and willing to purchase. Money plenty but, alas, how did they get it? Not from their own industry. Not from their economyh. But by the credit of an industrious neighbor. I could never bear the idea of living on the industry of my friend. Now this man is sick, doing nothing, and his extravagance will ruin those who have given him assistance. Never give such men your name. Never go security.