down the river until I could buy a boat or lumber to make one, for a sail instead of a ‘march through Georgia.’ I was intoxicated with the beauty of these glorious river banks, which I thought would increase in grandeur as I approached the Gulf. But such a pleasure sail would be less profitable thank a walk, and so sauntered on southward as soon as I was dry. Rattlesnakes abundant. Lodged at farmhouse. Found a few tropical plants in garden. Cotton is the principal crop here, and picking is going on merrily. Only the lower bolls are now ripe, higher on the plants they are green [and] unopened, higher still buds and flowers, which if the plants be thrifty and the season favorable will continue to produce ripe boll until January. The negroes are lazy and merry, doing a great deal a noise and little work. One energetic white man, working with a will, would easily pick as much cotton as half a dozen Sambos and Sally’s. The forest almost entirely composed of
Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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