Tuesday 26th May 1846

” — Received a letter from Mr Ballingall relating to the present illness of my mother in which he hits me very hard, calling me an undutiful son with a heart harder than stone in which he is perhaps not far out, and begs me to immediately relieve her and my father-in-law. I can only answer that it is next to impossible to exchange a law of nature. When a child is born into the world it partakes of those passions, grows with its growth and strengthens with its strength. In me were born the passions of selfishness and viciousness which cannot suddenly be changed but by a great power above. — “

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