Sunday, January 31st, 1819
The weather continued cloudy and unsettled. On reaching the ford of the St. Francis I found the river so flooded by the late rains, that it was impossible to cross without a canoe, and this was wanting. Thus defeated in my intention of visiting the Iron mountain, and the granite ridges of Bellevieu, I pursued up the banks of the north-eastern branch of the river, through a populous settlement, for a distance of ten miles, and passed the night at a planter's, four miles below St. Michael. The granitic rock has been constantly in view.
Funding for the Schoolcraft Journey project on Unlock the Ozarks has been provided by the Missouri Humanities Council.