Saturday, September 24th, 1853

The anniversary of my birth day. – – Poor Mollie had another of those attacks this morning, I was sleeping in the bed with her. I pray that I may never experience the same feelings again. It frightened me so that I was unable to move for several minutes. I know something serious will happen to me if I ever see her in that situation again. The idea of sleeping in the same room with her almost deranges me. – – Cousin Tom and Capt. Braxton spent the evening with us, remained till eleven o’clock. Cousin Fendall came down after ten. Cousin Betsy spent the morning with us, she got back from Hanover last night, left Cousin Sarah Ann much better, her life was despaired of for several days. Old Mr. Winston, her father-in-law, died a few days since.[1]

  1. [1]Cousin Sarah Ann [Gregory] Winston’s father-in-law was Hanover’s Phillip Bickerton Winston, b. 1786. He died 18 September. Both he and his son William Overton Winston were clerks of court in Hanover.

Friday, September 23rd, 1853

Dr. White left very early for Norfolk. – – Mollie was well enough to walk with us this evening. Cousin Tom came down directly after dinner and stayed till ten o’clock. I think he must be smitten with Mollie in reality, he certainly visits her often enough. I received two nice long letters from Tave and Lilie this evening. Had more fun than a little quizzing Cousin Tom. Cousin William went down home today to beg Ma & Pa not to send for us for a week longer. He didn’t see Pa, but Ma consented we might stay. – – I am certain I haven’t slept two hours since I’ve been up here. It almost deranges me to see poor dear Mollie so afflicted. She doesn’t seem to mind it much herself. It is because she has no idea of her situation.

Thursday, September 22nd, 1853

Nothing particular took place. Cousin Tom spent the day at the Grove. Dr. White will leave for Norfolk tomorrow. Cousin Henrietta expected to have gone also, but she was taken with a chill this evening and in consequence will not be able. Cousin Tom and myself took a short walk this evening. Mollie, of course, was not able to accompany us, so Sister didn’t walk but remained with her.

Wednesday, September 21st, 1853

We all arose quite early and took a nice long ride on horseback. Dr. White was our escort. I know I never laughed as much in my life. – – Mollie had another slight attack this morning about day, but nothing in the world to compare with the other. – – We made some very nice ice cream. Cousin Tom came down directly after dinner and stayed till eleven o’clock. Dr. White had one of the greatest falls this evening I ever saw. Cousin Robert invited us over to his office where we spent a very delightful half hour.[1] Cousin Tom, Mollie, Sister and I took a long walk. The more I see of Cousin Tom the better I like him. Cousin Henrietta is getting much better. Mollie had one of the larger pim-ons on her tonight I ever saw.[2]

  1. [1]The 1850 US Census shows a non-family member living at the Grove with the Turners. He is Robert King, brother of Hill King, Caroline’s brother-in-law. As his occupation is Manager, it is likely he had an office on the premises. And by King William standards he would certainly be a Cousin.
  2. [2]Does Rose mean a Mollie had a pimple?

Tuesday, September 20th, 1853

We all arose quite early, walked down to Piping-tree directly after breakfast. Found no one at home but Cousin Tom and dear sweet little Kate. She is more expressly like her mother than I ever thought two persons could be. It makes me feel so sad when I look at her and think how dear Cousin Sallie would have worshipped her. It commenced raining very hard while we were there and frightened us all considerably. Cousin Tom walked home with us and spent the evening. – – Cousin William & Dr. White went down to Walkerton ducking and came back the greatest sights I ever saw.[1]The rain caught them and they had to put on a suit of Uncle Washington’s clothes, but they were not large enough for either of them by sixteen inches.

  1. [1]“Cousin William” is likely Cousin William Gregory. We first met him back on 22 August. But we will soon meet another “Cousin William.” Surprised?

Monday, September 19th, 1853

Nothing particular occurred. Cousin Tom spent the day with us, stayed till ten o’clock. – – The sick folks are improving slowly. Mollie doesn’t show the effects of her attack last night in any way. She was up to breakfast. – – Cousin Sarah Ann’s health is very bad. Cousin Betsy has gone over to see her. Dr. White came up this evening in the “Star.”[1] We took a long walk. Cousin Tom and myself took an ever memorable run.

  1. [1]Dr. White remains a mystery. Perhaps he has a familial relationship in King William.

Sunday, September 18th, 1853

We all arose quite early. Sister and myself remained at home in the morning. Ma went down to Jerusalem in the buggy with brother. Sister dressed Nannie up in a suit of boys clothes and I thought we would have killed ourselves laughing at her. Sister and myself went up to the Grove directly after dinner, found Mollie looking very well. Cousin Henrietta was suffering very much with the _____.[1]All of her children, as well as Cousin Maria’s have the whooping cough very badly. Aunt Turner’s health is also quite bad, it seems quite an afflicted family.[2] Cousin Tom was there and remained till ten or eleven. I like him very much & indeed more than any cousin I have. Mollie and I slept together (or at least not slept, tried to doze) for neither of us closed our eyes till day. I tried in every manner I could to read her to sleep &c, but she seemed to have taken it in her head that she was to be sick that night. Just about day I suppose, I had fallen into a doze when she clenched my arm. Never shall I forget the feeling I had when I turned over & saw her. Oh! that look, can I ever forget it. The fit lasted her fifteen or twenty minutes. the whole of which time she layed in a perfectly unconscious state. I never saw persons more deeply distressed in my life, that is every member of the family. I do feel so much for poor dear Cousin Maria when I think of her situation. I know

  1. [1]Rose cannot bring herself to write the cause of Cousin Henrietta’s suffering. As the Turners seem not to have a Henrietta in their household, this visiting Henrietta can only be supposed. I am guessing she is Henrietta Garlick, the future bride of William Braxton of nearby Hybla. They were mentioned in a footnote on 7 May.
  2. [2]Emily Anderson [Dabney] Grey, Cousin Maria’s sister. She was mentioned back on 30 March.

Saturday, September 17th, 1853

I have been as busy as a bee all day. I cut out my dress about ten o’clock this morning and have finished it with the exception of putting the skirt on. That would have been done, but some gentlemen came in (Messrs. Pollard, Nelson, Powell & Uncle Hardin) and we had to play for them, which prevented it. This is the last I expect to write in my journal for a week. It is now twelve o’clock.

Friday, September 16th, 1853

I arose as usual and gave out breakfast. – – Mollie Turner and Cousin Tom came down about eleven o’clock and spent the day with us. I never was more surprised to see any one in my life. I thought Mollie was confined to her bed. She looks better than I ever saw her. The Drs. prohibit her playing on the piano altogether. Report says she and Cousin Tom are engaged, but I don’t believe it. – – I received a letter from Willie Brown this evening. It is the second I have received since I wrote. – – Mr. Slaughter sent the blue berage down for my dress this evening that he was to have gotten two months ago. It is very ugly, but I suppose I shall have to keep it.

Thursday, September 15th, 1853

We all arose quite early. Mag and brother left directly after breakfast. – – Herbert grows faster than any child I ever saw. I think he would weigh almost as much as Nannie does now. He is one of the best children I ever saw. – – Pa spent the day at the mill, returned home to supper. They have gotten it to work again. I have just finished writing a long letter to Lilie (11 o’clk. P.M.)