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Wednesday, 21 October, 1829

How many happy and useful hours do we completely spend in making ourselves, and all who are around us, miserable? All such proceedings or actions are in reality unpardonable, particularly in married people who have bound themselves in the most solemn and sacred obligation to be kind, affectionate, and a departure from that seems to be an infraction of that agreement, and the first infringing is doubly culpable, because that may stimulate a resentment not easily to be appeased, and frequently recurrence of this unpleasant animosities is sure to weaken, if not utterly destroy, every vestige of affection, and a rain of vice and evils generally bring up the rear of a degraded existence.