Thursday, 20 November, 1828

Mind much agitated from causes not under my control. Envy must have a place in a mean, low, and sordid mind, and the venom created in such an odious mass ought to be not regarded, but passed by in utter contempt, and so I will endeavor to treat it. And I hope you will never stoop so low as to be led into difficulties by noticing it unless it taints your reputation.