Monday, 19 January, 1829

Today I have had, in consequence of a misstep in relation to Gage to pay for him, money which I have earned and for which I expect no remuneration. Such disbursements I hope you may never experience or lay yourself liable in any way that you may be forced to make them. I have rode much today and this unfortunate engagement has been a source of fruitful reflection and I have come to a determination to put an end to it as soon as I can. It was entered into with a good intention, and it was expected to be advantageous to me, as it gave me two advances to one. No, it is not so; it has reduced my labor one half and I am bestowing gratuitously on him that which I now need for my own use. Stand or fall on your own ground.