Monday, 13 April, 1829

I have had the pleasure again of being constantly employed. There but few, if any, source of amusement to me, equal to employment. I have no desire to set down and have nothing to engage my mind or body. No, to be forced into such a state to me would be the greatest misery and punishment. Man cannot be contented without occupation; he was formed for action, either physical or mental, and if neither be employed, he does not discharge his duty. And there is maxim better established than this; Idleness produces vice, want, and misery.