Thursday, 12 February, 1829

I have been among the distressed, Poor, idle, unattentive drunkenness has produced it. And the mother of a large family probably not subject to the vice of intemperatate drinking, yet is too lazy even to wash her small children or even to keep herself clean. I should suppose she was a real slut. How disgusting is a woman, all rags and hands and face besmeared with dust and grease; hair standing in every direction and an old black pipe in her mouth. Such a sight to me is horrid.