Friday, 12 March, 1830

Have visited a Negro with a fractured thigh. Poor fellow has suffered for ten days, haveing had his fracture reduced by one of those natural bone setters who generally do more harm than good. It is now very difficult to get it properly adjusted in consequence of the great tumifaction of the part. Besides it is very painful. Now, for this neglect the poor fellow has to bear double pain. Never attempt to do that which you are quite incapable of doing right and may inflict irrreparable injury.