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Saturday, 19 July, 1828

Call on soon this morning and visited seven or eight patients which consumed the day and a portion of the night. My acquaintance extends quite fast, even much beyond my expectation. I hope it may continue to extend and my reputation elongate with it, but reputation and acquaintance are two distinct things, and one may exist without the other. I feel now satisfied that I shall make sufficient to defray my expenses. Arrived home some wearied and retired and slept sweetly. I will do justice to Mrs. Lash for the more than expected kindness to me. I never come home but my supper was on the table and a light burning in the passage. She took every pains to me these things agreeable. Indeed, I could not have expected more from my own Mother.