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Sunday, 26 October 1828

Every individual who can view the past and see that no part has been wasted in unimportant pursuits but in such as have been followed by good motives with a strict regard to justice, must feel a sensation of the most pleasing and lasting description, one that no subsequent period, however remote, will impair. It will be as durable as recollection. An individual quent period, however remote, will impair. It will be as durable as recollection. An individual whose conduct is thus guided can never fear the attacks of the malicious or dread the exposure of his acts. How much better then to act thus uprightly than to follow a course that is condemned by all good men and one too that we ourselves do not approve. Let a man deal in dishonesty, endeavoring to wrong those with whom he has business, and do it in such an ingenious way that he may avoid open detection. Yet his own monitor will ever tell him he has not acted justly; he cannot escape the stings of conscience. The transaction of the 20th instant, though so slight and attended with no bad consequences to any but myself, led me to the above remarks. I wish to show you how very necessary it is to act honestly and openly under all circumstances.