Sunday, 18 January, 1829

How many young men have I seen work and labor year after year and always be in debt and never have purchased anything of permanent value; no, have actually put on their backs for show and to appear grand. This is all a fatal mistake. Do not people with whom you have been raised know your situations and suppose you are with such as do not know you. How long can you keep it concealed but a very short time, and what much be the feelings of mortified pride. Keep what you got and lay it up for a time when you may want it, for these opportunities are frequently to be met with.