Wednesday, 24 February, 1830

Wife remains weak and feverish. It is almost impossible to enforce my own rules in my own house. My mother-in-law is one among some half dozen others who wish to force rum and food on a feverish person to make them strong. Seeming to believe that solid food and much of it will force health and banish disease. They even want the infant fed on pap to keep it from crying and they insist strongly after it. I wish they would mind their own affairs.