Friday, 3 October, 1828

Every individual seems to imagine they are entitled to the most attention and will say, let them wait and stay with me today. Mrs. Conrad is quite sick and she wanted me there constant. Does not wish me to leave town. I could do so with pleasure had I none other to attend to, but my duty requires me to use all as near alike as I can. I am no more in duty bound to give her any more attention than any other individual, and cannot do it. But you will find many people wish you to do much for them, but they are not willing to remunerate you for it. This you will find to be the case in any occupation, and if you commence it, you will, in order to be consistent, continue to do it. The best way is to commence right and continue to follow that course to everyone.