Sunday, 28 March, 1830

If you should ever journey to find a place to settle, seek for one where the people are neat and clean, and have some conveniences around them; where they are sober and industrious and moral. If you should be so unfortunate as to get in a place the reverse, it will exert or have a tendency to exert a pernicious effect, if not on you, it may on your family. By being constantly witness of vice and nothing else, virtue does not appear half so enticing and we are too apt to be affected by the surrounding scenes.