Thursday, 19 February, 1829

I have rode considerable today and have cogitated much on the unpleasant situation in which I find myself placed. What can be the reason of such delay? It is an unfavorable omen, even if it be as I wish in the end, because were there no objections; in any case an answer could be made at the moment. I will, however, imagine it to be a German practice and permit it to pass. However, at the arrival of evening, my inclination was obvious and I wollewed it and passed a pleasant hour and received the answer; no objections, but it did not leave the tongue with that freedom which produced conviction. So after three days of probation, I have received my sentence and to me it is such as I could have wished, but pronounced in a way not so agreeable.