Friday, 9 January, 1829

Days pass away rapidly and I seem to prepare slowly. Yet I progress some. My ideas begin now to fall on a house and it may be they may fall off and suffer fracture. Still these fears will not do to act on. We are sometimes forced to act under, by or through fear and in it. But I have but one fear that disturbs me, and that is a fear of not being able to gain a competence i my calculated, to be adopted, course. I cannot caution you too much on this point; be careful and see your way clear and sun before you. Prepare difficulties and snares for yourself. Respect must make the object happy or it will make you miserable.