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Friday, 22 August, 1828

Looking around me on every side, I see the busy and economical man flourishing, at least all such drive want and misery from their homes, and wear a serene smile in their countenance. An approving conscience follows them to the pillow and cheers them in the morning. But look at the listless, careless idler, poor miserable creature. No power to move; want is seen sitting on his head and encircling his body. And the mean shelter that is for his protection from inclement weather bespeaks the abode of wretchedness. Spent the day principally in reading and the evening with H.