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Thursday, 26 November, 1829

Now, I hope, you may be honest and take no low, mean advantages, but if you ever buy a man's property at a forced sale, give him a fair chance to redeem it. But here you will find a difficulty in consequence of some individual underhandedly purchasing this place or property at the same price or for less. And in this instance, I would give the individual time to make the property by his own industry, and then let him have the property and not otherwise; because in this instance it will be evident that the man does not want this property for the use of his family, but merely wishes to be freed from the trouble of it himself and that he does not wish you to have it. Act so honest that no charge of the reverse may ever be alleged against you and so that you may condemn all aberrations in others and not inflict a wound on your own conscience.