Saturday, 3 April, 1830
I have been requested to call and see a man by the name of Early. He is an object of compassion, afflicted by rheumatism, cannot walk, has been in this for years. But his wife in disposition would cause me, if I had to live with her, worse pain than generally afflict rheumatics. She is dirty and disagreeable in every way. Her countenance is remarkably repulsive, hard is the fate of a man bound to such a woman, and doubly hard must be this poor man's fate, tormented by his own pain and the pervasiveness of an unfeeling companion. I really pity him.