Thursday, 5 March, 1829

It would appear that man was destined an unequal share of perplexity. Last evening was the first time that H. and I took a walk unacompanied by others, before we commenced our short perambulations, I anticipated much satisfaction but was disappointed; and it frequently happens, when more than ordinary expectation is excited, the participation is below the ordinary. I returned again much dissatisfied and wrote considerable, which will be found in the proper place. I retired to my bed while the wind was moaning among the branches of the leafless willow that were suspended over my room. All circumstance seemed to combine to add deeper shade to my gloomy thoughts.