Thursday, 30, July 1829

It is no less curious than true, the flight of pleasure increases its value, or when we find a deprivation is about to take from us something that we have long enjoyed, almost without thought, all at once we think it was of the value. Indeed we enjoy many things that we do not justly appreciate until it be too late. I have seen a conspicuous example of the above today in the mother of my wife. It would appear that she now just begins to imagine or believe Henrietta was of great comfort to her, but she never thought of it before. We are preparing to occupy our own hourse, which is but a few yeards distant. Yet she seems to grieve much, and depict her sorrows in shades of woe. But the distance cannot produce this effect, but the effectual loss of the direction and control of her daughter and reflecting on the many untried scenes of life, no doubt operated strongly on the mind, seeing her child about to emark on a tempestuous sea of life and from under guardian care was enough to produce the effects exhibited.