Wednesday, 3 Spetember, 1828

Have rode all day and in attempting to find the road to a place at which I had never been, in the night, I lost the way and wandered about in the woods for several hours, but being unwilling to give up and indeed, it is quite useless to yield in difficulties, because it has no advantage attached to it, and instead of lessening difficulties, it augments them. However, by perseverance, I found a road, and by following it arrived at the very house I was in search of. When difficulties occur, let your exertion increase in proportion to the increase of the opposing cause.