wash outside. Bill paid, always 50 cents per head for each traveller,
moderate enough, but varying for the horses. Indeed there can be
no profit on travellers, hence the rough take-it-as-you find it accom-
modation. Packing, and onwards, through woody, pleasant country.
Fording a pretty broad river at noontide we came into Hillsborough,
and dined well at a tavern in the little town; wisely having abandoned
the notion of lunch from Church�s. Rode on, through the afternoon,
and having passed through a place called Mount Pleasant, put
up at a legitimate road side Inn, had a good supper in a civilized
room, a pretty well-attired girl and others present. Tried to get up
a Spiritual Knocking and Table moving experiment afterwards, in the
sitting room; Keene Richards, who is a Beleiver, acting as Medium.
But it proved a signal failure.
12 Wednesday. On riding from �Parkers�. By 1 oclock we
passed through a little town the name of which I forget. There was a
monument commemorating certain Mexican Volunteers there. Riding
through a stream on the other side of it, we lunched on rocks there,
a very homeopathic lunch having been obtained from Parkers, eked out
with town purchased gingerbread. Here Kellam fancying he�d left his
pocket book went back into the town to the store, & found he had it.
A farmer appears, greatly desirous of Kellam�s horse, and wishes to swap
his own for it. They tried each others horses, no exchange made. /
Put up this night at the house of a man who was absent preaching,
his temporary widow and son officiating. A roughish, but endurable place.
13. Thursday. Into Alabama this morning. Sandy soil we
have been passing over for the last two or three days; or reddish colored
earth. Pine trees appear, and cotton-fields have I seen, but none
out in full snowy glory as yet. Worn, or zig zag fences, sometimes
negroes at work in the corn fields; a distant cotton gin, or log hut.