Saturday, 17 January, 1829

Made a settlement with Christian Lash today and paid him some toward my board. It does me much good to be able to discharge my debts after they have been contracted, but the force of necessity which compels me to contract them is not calculated to create such sensations. On the point of ability to discharge all dues against me, I feel much more at ease than I did a few months ago. I have suffered much anxiety on that account last summer. I hope it will never be your situation to undergo such ordeals, but if you should, be not discouraged or cast down, but preform your part; be honest and industrious and saving, and you will obtain friends and credit. But you must never buy things you do not want for comfort and respectability because if you spend for ornament, you will never prosper.