Tuesday, 31 March, 1829

I have this evening agreed for the house mentioned yesterday and at that price. Such steps as these are indicative of an everlasting more approaching. You will here see that it requires preparation before you commence any important undertaking, and that it is absoultely necessary to reflect well before you embark on a voyage that will land you in the Haven of Matrimony. All that troubles me is this event ofthe necessary quantity of means to ensure a competence and comfort so as to make my situation pleasant. Nothing would make me more unhappy through life than to see my friend not provided for comfortably and hence my anxiety on that subject. But the fate seem to have decided that it must be tried in the course of a few months, or at least to commence being decided.