I left Bear Lake about 7 o’clock this morning. I had an awful hot dusty walk, at one place there was a [slarhing?] on fire and the smoke was suffocating. When I got to the bridge over the Betsy they were fixing it and I left Jimmie on the other side for a while and called on Mr. Jordan’s folks, Where I had some bread and Milk and took a good rest. In getting Jimmie over the bridge, he got through and skined [sic] his leg badly. I thought he was a gone horse for a while. I called at Dr. Taylor’s and had a lemonade also at the store Mr. Hopkins made me one. I got my satchel there all right. Am at the hills tonight.
*(R. Henry Scadin Collection, D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, UNC Asheville)