Monday, 23 February, 1829
I have enjoyed the day very well, have passed part of it in riding and the balance in reading. This last source of relaxation to me is very agreeable and beneficial and should be used by every individual. We obtain real good information if we read nothing but the news of hte day and this every man in society should do. Nothing can afford a man in the course of the day and this every man in society should do. Nothing can afford a man in the course of life greater pleasure than to be well acquainted with the occurrences of the day. Indeed I cannot see how people can bear to be destitute of the knowledge of the general topics of the day. It is of material importance in all company where subjects of a political nature interest every individual in society.