Thursday, 10 September, 1830

Today have been steadily engaged. Am attending on Mrs. ____ , one of those sort of women that have lived in such a manner that death has no charms, and as soon as she feels a little sick, imagines that the unerring, dreaded shaft has been sent. She is, however, in sickness as in health, a little touched with dissimulation and frequently endeavors to make the family think she will soon die. Now the whole family are strongly tinctured with the same disposition and endeavor to make everything real. Immediately set out for the doctor. Let the time be what it may, the physician must go.