Friday, 19 June, 1829

Indeed I have a day for preparation. But have I to prepare? What have I to do? I am prepared as much as I can be under my situation. I have a house, but, alas, it is not furnished yet. How many thousands enter into marriage unprepared, even with a shelter to protect them from the storm. They indeed do not appear to imagine it requires anything but a wife to cause everything to be pleasant. But this fatal mistake is soon disclosed and instead of all pleasure anticipated remorse, misery, and unhappiness frequently through life is the consequence. I have indeed reflected on all these things.