Wednesday, 25 March, 1829

I have rode considerable during the day and have been told of Gage's conduct and what I had known before had now become public; and not only public, but had been exposed in open daylight, in the woods with an old widow woman practicing his illicit conduct and had to run. I am much pained at this want of a due regard for his own reputation and an abandonment of those principles taught and practiced by his Father and Mother, and almost the last words of his Mother to him were the reverse of such conduct. But his character and standing must receive a severe shokck here, from such reports, and more particularly so when these are backed by the most unexceptional witnesses. Who will call or what respectable person will call on a man of such loose principle and no regard for his own reputation?