This morning Henry Phelps son of W. W. Phelps attempted to wrest their horse out of the stray pen & I gave him a severe caining & broke a good fancy hickry cain given me by Br Stewart, all to pieces[.] He ran through the lot and cried so lout that he excited the whole neighbourhood which caused much to be said for & against us a police. Henry was a young about grown & needed all he got for his imprudence for he was a rebllious person and had threatened us on former occasions if we did not do as he wanted. I reported the affair to Presidents Cutler & Harris who approved of it & thought it would do him good.
[Diaries of Hosea Stout]