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Monday, 30 June, 1828

The day has passed away and the curtain of night is now about to be drawn. I have been confined principally to my books and find more satisfaction by their perusal than any other way except applying those principles in practice which are there laid down. But unfortunately, while I have too much leisure for reading and but little for practice, they are not equally balanced. But we must employ ourselves at that which we can, still keeping in view our great object. I have a few patients in town, which gives me a small circuit and affords a source of thought. Do not undervalue small favors. They may lay the foundation of greature and be the commencement of noble deeds. We are shortsighted to see what is yet to come.