Friday, 3 July, 1828
Morning again has arrived, and a degree of complacent satisfaction beams on the mind as had as much employment yesterday as I could attend to. it took me until late in the night to get through. As soon as I returned from the morning's engagement there was waiting another individual for my services. Indeed I rejoiced at the occurrence and went immediately. This seems like getting into business, and a source of the greatest satisfaction to me. It is absolutely impossible for any individual to imagine the sensation of such fortunate occurrences to a man in my destitute situation unless he has experienced the same situation and occurrence. This small circumstance causes hope to revive and creates a belief that I shall succeed in getting into practice. Sufficiently to make an honest and decent living. I hope I am not too sanguine in my expectations, as these are all confined to my own bosom and not communicated or observed by those with whom I live. I do not admire a boasting disposition. If you are successful, people will find it out without your publishing to everyone you chance to meet. No, do not seem to see it yourself, but leave others indulge their own thoughts and make their own observations; but if by any means you can elicit unobserved thoughts and make their own observations; but if by an y mean s you can elicit unobserved the ideas of others in relation to your performances, it is well enough to do it so that you may be prepared to alter or continue the same road. Bu in this you must be your own judge; that is, if you should be satisfied that a change required the abandonment of a good and well-established principle, of course, you are bound to continue, but if it be a mere matter of etiquette and on sacrifice it will be better at once to leave it and comply with the common mode of the community in which you live. Much may be gained by these little affairs, and they are not to be overlooked and disregarded or treated with scorn. You must let everyone have an opinion and endeavor to respect it, and if it be a wrong one, convince him so mildly that he hardly knows how it was done.