16th March, 1836
Not only every session but every day and hour increases my distaste for the course I am thrown into here, and makes me long to flee away and be at rest. It has, however, one good effect in guarding me from the snare of falling in love with politics and making me seek for comfort in looking away from all things around and about me, and forward to the things before and above. There, and there only, is a true resting-place for the sick and weary heart. I join you all in the morning around the Throne of Grace, and often feel delight at the thought that though separate in the body we are joined together in the spirit. These are the thoughts upon which my spirit rallies and my heart revives again, and is enabled to make a fresh fight against the onset of discontent. I must hasten away to the House of Commons.