Wednesday, 29 July, 1829

Night's sable curtain is now drawn and I have a few moments to enjoy in writing. I ask myself this important interrogation, have I advanced one step in the path of improvement or increased the happiness of my fellow man? I have used my exertion to accomplish both and feel that serenity of mind which is the result of believing we have performed our duty. My mind is uneasy in relation to the circumstance related yesterday. How people can be so weak in reference to these deathly visitors, and yet have good understanding on all other subjects, is singular to me. To me it appears the extreme of folly to harbor such improbably and unauthenticated reports. I really hope you will never suffer your minds to believe for a moment any representation of the kind.