Friday, 5 September, 1828

Have crossed the Yadkin twice today. I am not fond of fording it and use every means compatible with dispatch to avoid it. The reason of this fear originated from not having a knowledge of the ford, and in consequence get in deep water, and was much frightened and perplexed to extricate myself from the difficulty. I would have you avoid all undertakings, when a deficiency of knowledge might lead to fatal consequences to life or reputation.