Thursday, 21 July, 1830

I have seen today that industry with strict economy will procure a good decent living in almost any place. Mordica Phillips, a poor man living on as poor a plantation as can well be found in this part of North Carolina, commenced the world a poor man and has bought his plantation and is ought of debt; has comfortable buildings, lives very well and raised five of his children. All was accomplished on a piece of land that many people would have starved on. I look upon his as an example worthy to be imitated, and should silence the complaints of many of his neighbors who with double the advantages are being sold out for debt every few years.