Wednesday, 27 July, 1830

You will find people generally inclined to take advantage whenever an opportunity occurs. I had bought some few plank about seven miles from town, which I wished to have taken home. A Mr. Jacob Keiger had his team ready to come to town empty and the plank were at his house. I requested him to bring them. There was not even one-fourth of a load, yet he had the conscience to charge me one dollar and fifty cents. Be sure that you know beforehand the price you have to pay, or you give the man your purse to extract what he pleases.