Wednesday, 2 December, 1829

I have visited an aged man today who has labored hard for forty years and now has nought but a large family to solace the few remaining days he has yet to survive. Yet there is this remarkable fact attending this individual. He is, or at least appears to be, contented and happy, perfectly at ease, and undisturbed except by sickness. Says he enjoys himself better than thousands of wealthy and would not, as it relates to himself, exchange places with any of them. Wm. Dixon.