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Sunday, 28 December, 1828

I have just returned from a visit to W. Tyler in Guilford. I must here declare I respect him less every time I see him. He is doing good business and gets ostentatious as he increases in property. Speaks quite too important and dogmatical. We were once intimate friends, but now I cannot confide in him. We have seen many a pleasant moment together, but now they are done, sealed up and never again to e opened. He is a man that can never stand prosperity. It ruins every fine feeling of his mind, and the transaction in April last, at the time I left him in Guilford, is sufficient to show him principle when he has the power to use it. If you once find a man destitute of principle, leave him at once, have no further intercourse with him as a friend.