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Tuesday, 9 December, 1828

I will now say after riding and intense reflection on the subject of the seventh inst., never, no never bind yourself in no case until you are fully prepared to meet such obligation, or very plausible prospect to do so. If you are so injudicious, rely on this declaration; you are not to be happy; it will haunt you in every place; you cannot escape it even if the obligation be for what you want. Inability will poison the draught and disturb the fountain. Ability is the prerequisite of entering into binding obligations if you desire mental ease.