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JQA Diary, volume 17 7 April 1791
JQA Neal Millikan

Thursday April 7 th. Since I wrote the foregoing lines I have not had a moment of Time to spare for adding any thing to them. Yet I have had nothing to do. Time slips unheeded away and yet upon looking back there is little to afford pleasure in the retrospect. My present situation is not over eligible: how to improve it is the subject which most employs my mind. I have much leisure upon my hands, and my own improvement seems to be the proper object of my pursuit.— This object I have frequently before me, but I do not write with facility, and what is worse, whenever I journalize, I soon grow disgusted with my own egotism.