Friday, 15 May, 1829

I have visited one of those pretended righteous individuals, who are all goodness with works and all badness in action. It creates no small degree of surprise to me when I reflect on such beings. How it can be possible that a man in a neighborhood where he is well known to be destitute of one good principle, can pretend to be so honest, so meek and humble, as scarcely to speak audibly, and at the same time as diabolical as any hypocritical creature that ever lived. Shun such people, leave them and ahve as little to do with them as you would with a venomous reptile.