Saturday, 3 January, 1829

Morning calls to business, contemplating on time to come, affords but little satisfaction, yet I cannot avoid, and most surely I ought because there is much, very much for me yet to accomplish, or my feelings will be more disagreeably acute than at the present, an occurrence I much wish to avoid,. I have seen my esteemed friend today, but have nothing to add in this place. My feelings are well known and the cause of my anxiety fully described. We had better confine our ideas of pleasure or our desire of wealth within the bounds of mediocrity and never anticipate too much. If our expectations are above the ordinary with the same means, we are very apt to be much disappointed. However, when we wish to be more than we are, our exertion is greater and we have a better prospect of getting a little.