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Friday, 23 January, 1829

Man does not appear created for enjoyment or that kind of enjoyment which would result from an absence from care, or a satisfaction originating from a freedom from avarice or avaricious desires. I have my doubts whether it be possible for man to live and not feel a desire for more or a disposition to increase that which he already possesses. I know that I have but little and cannot reasonably expect great accumulations in wealth, yet I acknowledge I have a strong desire to enjoy a state of affluence above mediocrity. And I see those around me who have as much as I now think I should want, yet they are as craving, as thirsty for more, as though they would use today all they have in store, and as though the least loss would involve them in ruin.