A bathe, at about 3 in the afternoon, in a broad, shallow stream
known as Shoal Creek. (All the streams are creeks here.) The
water, clear and fresh running worked mills &c above. Woods and
tall trees on either side. Kept on, to one Wilsons; decentish place,
though rough. Two drawers here. Much talk of our future road,
and controversy. Took a moonlight walk after supper, and felt
dreary. The monotony and prospective continuance of the journey wearied
me. Had we been going a swift pace �twould have been endurable; but
twenty or twenty-five miles a day, � the prospect seemed endless.
14. Friday. Watering the horses, Maurice Keene�s brute thought
fit to lie down, wetting him considerably. Kellam had to lick another,
then on, he and I getting much ahead; and so into Florence.
He, finding a ten-pin alley commenced rolling, imbibing some little.
The others came up. Talk among the town callers about, that a
notable race mare Peytona was there. So we set off to see her;
and she was admired and criticized. Two hours delay at Florence; I
posted letters to Waud &c then on. Arrived at the Tenessee river, rates high for
crossing the log bridge so we ride a mile, and Kellam attempts to ford it. Gets to
an island, has to swim horse back. We have to pay toll ignoniously, and cross.
Kellam irate with Richards. Regular row. Into Tuscumbia by 4 in
the afternoon. Put up horses at livery stable; ourselves at hotel. Both
this room & Florence, are second-rate towns. We were shown up
into two big naked rooms, two beds to match in each; a broken mir-
ror and damaged chair &c. Railroad opposite leading to some place,
Decatur, I think. In the dreary sitting room below, on the cars
coming in, a mob rushed in. Hotel supper. Council held over map
as to our route; then to bed.
15 14. Saturday. Keene Richards having conceived a desire to possess
Peytona, resolved on riding back to treat with her owner about it. He
was willing to pay $1500 for her. / So we kept on, he promising to
overtake us. Through a pig-sty of a place called Frankfort, where the
entire population, about a dozen sharking looking fellows were lounging by the