Tuesday, 20 January, 1829

You will perceive the truth and full force of what I before stated on the impropriety of not fully considering and maturely weighing every course you may calculate and that nearly all of our troubles and misfortunes are attributable to this fatal and improper neglect. This connection with Gage was the feeling of the moment and not considerate, and now it is a source of sorrow, because it is a source of immense damage to me.