Wednesday, 27 January, 1830

Had several visitors today which deprived me of my books. Conversation on various subjects, principally agriculture. My friend, John C. Jacobson, was here and we had a long conversation on theology. He said speaking of the mind or soul that must have a place of existence after we ceased to live and as an evidence cited the action of thought. Such a noble attribute could not cease to exist. Should it be said that man is not satisfied here, was always anticipating, seeking for something yet to come. But if the soul, or active principle, be now immortal, is an emanation directly from God, there can be no change in the soul. And if there be no change and it be now possessed of immortality, why do we not know something of some other state of existence? We cannot look back to the time the soul was with God.