Monday, 1 December, 1828

Today commences the cold and dreary winter through which we have yet to pass, and the result lies concealed. But the storms and changes incident to this season are not half so dreadful to anticipate as the ebbs and flows of my unsettled thoughts. Indeed my mind has for so long a time been in a state of agitation that its action is dreaded. All this is produced by the want of that discipline in youth which teaches a distinction between desire and will, and forcing by argument or more severe measures the observance of the dictates of the will. I hope you will be more fortunate and regard the advice I have given on that subject.