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Tuesday, 15 June, 1830

Having during the past two years done much for Gage, he yet thinks I must continue to do so. You will find that some people are fond of having favors done for them and are very good and condescending while you assist them, and the greater the extent of your bounty the more they seem to think they are entitled to it and as soon as you refuse, these very individuals will become your inveterate enemies. Before you ever give assistance to any extent, refuse under circumstances of need; see how a refusal is treated, and then after, act accordingly. Either continue or secure your former debts. By using this and still more caution, you may save your property and friendship.