Tuesday, 2 February, 1830

I visited a poor old man today who has labored hard all his youthful days and now has not the real necessary comforts of life. I paused and reflected on the cause that producted such an effect and believe all arose for the want of care and extravagance in younger days.  We must be careful if we do not wish to be dependent in our old age. We must not be extravagant, but live within our income and not beyond it.