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Monday, 6 October, 1828

Last night roused from the sweetest slumber that I ever enjoyed. I was so exhausted it seemed impossible that I could again get up. Indeed, it was with the most difficulty I could be sufficiently awakened to know that someone in great distress required my immediate attention. However, I went and arrived at the place just as the sun arose and was not well pleased because the patient could have waited until daylight. Some people are so impatient when sick they imagine death to be inevitable and close at hand and keep so much complaining that those around them are frightened. And the Doctor must be sent for. Now in case of absolute necessity, it is all right and proper, but slight indisposition could be put off until daylight without detriment.