Friday 17th. — Started early in the morning, and breakfasted at a miserable inn. Dirt in abundance. A drunken man sprawled in the middle of the bar-room floor. I had hard work to eat my breakfast. Dined at Stratford-on-Avon — poor enough. Here the Canada Company have an agent. There are two mills. Lodged at the Big Thames, in a miserable hovel, where the inmates appeared more rude than the wild Indians.
Saturday 18th. — I was off early in the morning, and breakfasted at the Bayfield Creek. Was overtaken with a heavy storm of rain, so that I was detained at Weight's Inn for some time. Reached Brother S. Vanderburgh's, where I put up for the night. Saw some of the wild Saugeen Indians, who informed me that most of the Indians had left Saugeen, and were gone to their hunting; and that the interpreter, D. Sawyear, was going also to hunt, and had probably left Saugeen before this.
Sunday 19th. — In the afternoon I rode to Goderich, 12 miles onward, and was kindly received at Mr. John Wilson's. In the evening I preached to a large congregation in the school house, from John ix. 25. The people paid good attention. The people in these parts are very destitute of the means of grace, and have only now and then an opportunity of hearing the word preached.
Tuesday 21st. — I determined to wait no longer for a passage to Saugeen, but return immediately, as it is quite uncertain when the boat will go up, and it is very doubtful when I should find any Indians at Saugeen, — under these considerations I feel justified in returning home. Travelled to Brother Vanderburgh's.
Saturday 25th. — Left Bro. Keagy's after breakfast, and arrived at sweet home in the afternoon, and found all well. Blessed be the name of God! Brother Stinson was here.