Monday, 28 December, 1829

It is, I believe, a very correct observation that vice sooner or later brings misery. I was called to visit to a female that had for years indulged to some extent in forbidden pleasures. She had too often visited the haunts of dissolution and partook freely the intoxicating draught. She had always enjoyed good health without once thinking of the certainty of death. Fatal delusion! Unfortunate lady! No, not lady, unfortunate creature! Sometime ago she found it difficult to continue in the road she had been following and in a measure had relinquished it. She has now nothing to expect but death. Her complaint is incurable. She has but a short time to make the necessary arrangement to leave this transitory state of existence. Her eyes are continually suffused with tears and her mind, as far as her pains permit, engaged in fervent supplication for mercy. You must never feel or at least you must never act as though you may never want the aid of those that surround you, because you know not how soon misfortune may assail you, whether affluence or poverty is your portion. This female has since I have been in this section endeavored to do me all the injury she could and implores me to give her ease. Although she has misused me, I feel no disposition to withhold any relief I can afford. I do as a duty and find a satisfaction in its performance. We must be merciful to our enemies and do good for evil. You will always find more satisfaction from doing good than from all other acts you can perform. If you should be so inconsiderate as to act from a spirit of revenge, instead of gaining friends, you will create enemies and not only create, but you will make more inverterate those you may have. Goodness has a far more powerful effect than revenge.