Friday, 20 March, 1829

I declare I am much disappointed in this climate. The wind is very high and cold enough for Greenland. I have been out considerable during the day and have suffered from the intensity of the cold. My friend still unable to be up. I must say, if ever my feelings would justify me in staying from those sick I had promised to see today, it was this morning. But I could not do it becuase I was sure she would be attended to and another consideration was the ever busy tongue of the multitude. This we should ever avoid as much as propriety will sanction and be as cautious as we can. We shall not always escape our due share.