Saturday, 13 February, 1830

A man in dealing in articles he does not understand gives himself into the hands of him with whom he may be dealing. And if he be dishonest, he is sure to be cheated. Today I purchased a beef and if every particle had been sold at the market price, would not have amounted to more than three-fourths the cost. I was very busy and had her killed from home, and the good people believing or at least acting as though they had a legal right to some of the best, used it accordingly. Never trust to any man's honesty any further than you can help. Few act justly.