Tuesday, 27 January, 1829

Some people are so unable to abandon a bad habit that they go on into destruction of peace, happiness, and prosperity, and involve themselves and all that are dependent on them in ruin. Is it not surprisingly astonishing that people having common understanding will thus act. Here let me remind you of that which I have so often done before: that desire in these individuals is the fatal rock and has the control of the will to which it should, in all case, be subservient.