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JQA Diary, volume 28 25 June 1810
JQA Neal Millikan

25. Mr: Harris sent me this morning, the dispatches from Mr: Daschkoff to Count Romanzoff, containing the account of the outrage upon his house on the 26th: of March, and his correspondence afterwards with the Secretary of State, and with Mr: Dallas the District Attorney, respecting it. Mr: Harris afterwards called himself, and gave me a report of the American Commerce with Russia, during the year 1809. I received also visits from Mr: Montreal, and Mr: Dorsey— Mr: Montréal offered me any money for which I might have occasion, to be drawn for at my own convenience— Mr: Harris made me the same obliging offer immediately after my first arrival here— Under the Circumstances in which I find myself here it is difficult to resist the opportunities thus presented for anticipating upon my regular income— But I am determined to do it— The whole experience of my life, has been one continual 120proof of the difficulty with which a man can adhere to the principle of living within his income— The first, and most important principle of private economy— From the month of July 1790. when I commenced my Career as a man untill the close of 1793. I was enabled to accomplish this purpose only by the assistance of small supplies from my father— I had then acquired the means of maintaining myself— In 1794. I was sent to Europe, and untill my Marriage in 1797. kept more easily within my bounds than at any preceding or subsequent period— Since I have had a family, I have kept steady to my principle, but at the prices of uncommon sacrifices of consideration and a reputation which in the Spirit of this age, economy cannot escape— In this Country beyond all others, and in my situation more than in any other the temptations to excess in expence amount almost to compulsion— I have withstood them hitherto, and hope for firmness of character to withstand them in future— I declined with thanks Mr: Montréal’s kind offer; as I had that of Mr: Harris— Mr: Dorsey came to say he should go the day after to-morrow for America, and would call to-morrow Evening for our letters— In the Evening I paid a visit to Mr: Six, whom I found unwell, and in bed— While I was there Count Bussche came in; and also complained of being unwell. I took afterwards a short walk, and came home about eleven at Night.