Took the Stage to Boston and from there I went directly to Medford where I found Abby
and passed a pleasant day with her. Henry, her brother, had arrived from New York.
She was as usual the pleasing attraction. My affection for her increases as I more
clearly perceive the finer shades of character, and as my feelings become interested
in drawing out fairly the attractive qualities, keeping in check the exuberances which
unlimited indulgence has produced. I often think what a fool a man is to suffer himself
to become entangled by his noble feelings, for if they do chance to be crushed, where
is the limit to the bitterness of his Fate? But I have thrown aside the selfish philosophy
and must abide the consequences.