Wednesday, 21 January, 1829

I have a multitude of ideas in my head. How to best accomplish a disengagement from that injudicious obligation and still act justly. This now more than anything beside disturbs the mind. I must have been intent on something else at the time, or this may have been my notion. I thought probably Gage would get into business sooner than I should, and I, therefore, concluded in case he should, I could have a little assistance. And by contemplating in this way, I supposed I had a better chance. And no doubt he had the same ideas and was actuated by the same motives. But I would advise a different course to try first yourself, and if you cannot get a start, then it may do to join with someone more fortunate.