April 7 to 13, 1811

Ohio Spiderwort by Darke County Parks on flickr.com7th arose in the morning with a full determination to surmount every obstacle in my way to Worthington, accordingly a good Saddle horse was procured; we cross'd the ferry in a boat, & rode abt 12 miles to that place; making it 3 further than to ford the river; left our horses at the Inn

& as I advanced towards the habitation, I saw a young man, on whom I gazed steadfastly to see, if I cou'd trace aught of my dr RT in his countenance; he had not approach'd So near as to enable me to trace the outlines of his visage: but my eyes was regaled, by his near resemblance of the friend I love: & the mutual Salutation, was as if we had long been acquainted; the sweet tenderness, that was evident throughout; his manly deportment; such alternate struggles; between fortitude & affection, as acknowledging me to be the frd. of his friends; presented such a scene, as will not easily be forgotten he turn'd tho' much engaged on acct of a sick child in the neighbourhood; & conducted me to his Bulah, who with open arms rec'd me, & their hearts was as commodious, as their house which tho equal to many in this country is not what we wish them to have & we are gratified to find they are going to another place more eligibly situated, than we think the one is, they now inhabit, which tho' pleasantly situated, has not the advantages of many other towns; little Joan with her wonted diffidence soon approach'd me, & Darwin also. they both, save a little enlargement of Sise, seem to retain every appearance even in their countenances as when they left Farmington = our time was Limitted; we improved it, in reciprocal enquiries; & after being Solaced with a frdly repast; we were obliged to bid them an affectionate adeiu, & return'd comfortably to Franklington;

8th left that place, had to ford a deep River call'd for want of a better name Big Belly: pass'd on abt 18 miles, near to Walnut Creek which was thot, too high for our Carriage to pass over, & we tarried at Cratons the poorest of all places, I believe we have been at, we gladly departed, after to me, a most miserable night; & in abt 3 quarters of a mile found a more comfortable assylum at Snyders & took breakfast, near the place of fording when the river is high; we pass'd safely & had a swampy road for several miles: after which it was better, & we reachd Chilicothe Just at dark, cross'd the Sciota river in a commodious flat, & met a welcome reception from our frds of the place; I must not here omit remarking that on the 8th inst; while waiting to cross the ferry I took a short ramble in the woods, & amused myself with gathering flowers; which upon examing I found contain'd 12 different kinds & some of them the most delicate, & beautiful I have seen at this season, the smell resembling the Hyacinth very much; & its beauty nearly equal in this state of nature, what wou'd be done by cultivation is not mine at present to know; these are not all the varieties, that inhabit the woods at this time, & as the season advances, there is still greater perfection; by the accts we have from the inhabitants, that time, precious time, may be more usefully employ'd in this Land, than Cultivating flowers, nature having been rich in blessings,

Rachel Todd letter to Charity Rotch10th went to the Shops, procured bumbazet, for a gown & had a woman to make it, mine being too much worn now, except for riding = had an invitation from our frd Lamb to take tea with her, last night upon our arrival, had the Satisfaction of receiving divers acceptable letters, which were a real treasure; from every place, we were particularly desirous of hearing of, & from = most of them contain the draught allotted mortals & mingle the bitter with the Sweets; tho' I was highly gratified in finding, our own dear connections & best loved frds. in tolerable health-

11 took our leave of Chilachothe & Lodg'd at Shartles 19 miles, saw three beautiful deer skipping across the road;

12th got to Lancaster lodg'd at Sturgeons,

13th got to Dittos met with a bad place in the road, & Cato, in his exertions to get thro, broke the Wifletree, which we got repaird at Dittoes.