Thus ends Rose’s Journal for 1853. Rose must have been interrupted; she did not even finish her last entry, stopping mid-sentence.
We should remember that she wrote in her Preface:
“Lilie, Sister and myself have agreed to keep a diary during this year.”
While we do not know if Lilie and Sister kept up their New Year resolves, Rose certainly did.
We also know that Rose revisited 1853 in her Journal from time to time, and at some point started another. How to we know this?
Starting this February 18th we will begin posting Caroline’ Journal, Vol. 1, which begins a little over a year after Rose’s last of January 1, 1854. Details forthcoming.
Won’t you join us?
I have not made a very good beginning for the New Year. Tave & myself didn’t rise until most ten and I don’t believe
This is the first leisure moment I have had to write in my journal for a fortnight.
I arose very early and was as busy as possible until two o’clk, fixing for the reception of the Richmond folk, when just about that time the carriage drove up empty. I never was so surprised in my life. Bil went up with James. They said the stage driver said he went out to Mr. Shook’s but they were not up, but was all we could learn about them. I can scarcely believe now that they haven’t come. – – Pa spent the day at Mr. James Lipscomb’s sale, he intends buying a good deal of his furniture, but said he could have bought it new much cheaper.1 – – We could scarcely make him believe any way that the girls didn’t come and indeed would not until he went out and asked James himself. Bil & myself took a long walk down to the swamp hoping to meet them in a hack, thinking they would hire one after they found the stage had left them, but not so.
I arose quite early. – – Aunt Patsy came over soon after breakfast to go with Ma to Jerusalem to hear Mr. Burnet.1 Pa intended going but his cold was so bad he declined. They dined with Mrs. Tebbs. They carried a snack with them intending to spend the evening with Mrs. Lewis, as they heard she was sick. – – Georgia came over for Aunt Patsy this evening.2 They didn’t get back home before dark. – – Pa is quite sick tonight; has a high fever. – – I took down the curtains out of the chambers downstairs and fixed them for the rooms up here, got Mr. Rouse to make the rods.3
I arose as usual. – – Mr. Trible left about eleven, he and Pa could come to no definite conclusion before Friday. – – Ma & myself hung up the portraits in the parlor this evening. – – Pa went up to the Ct. House to an oyster supper, returned home about eleven. Uncle Washington came over and spent an hour or two this evening.
I arose quite early, bound the ruffles for my sleeve in the morning. – – Mr. Trible came while we were at dinner and spent the night with us. He thinks he will buy Mt. Hope, or at least is very anxious to do so. – – I received a long letter from Sister this evening (& one from Lilie also). She said they would certainly be down next Friday and that “we all” & the Squire would be down Saturday week.
I arose as usual. – – The workmen have not been here today. Aunt Rose, Mary & Cousin Fes came early this morning and spent the day with us. Aunt Rose brought a dress for me to fit on Mollie, but I was too busy. She and Ma rode to Walkerton this evening. They didn’t return till dark, but Aunt Rose wouldn’t consent to stay all night. She went home about nine o’clk. Bil accompanied them. – – Pa went down to the Star to get an oyster supper, but was disappointed. He returned home about 10 o’clk.
I spent the day by myself again today. Ma & the children have attended church every Sabbath since we moved. Ma came by Mt. Hope and brought the portraits down, we were at dinner when they came, thinking it was so late that they had dined with some of the members. Mr. Thompkins was brought before the church for misconduct, but he repented so sincerely that they concluded to retain him.1 Mr. Luckhard withdrew.2 – – I spent quite a lonely evening, have been rather inclined to sadness.
I am alone! There is no breast
Doth pant in unison with mine.3
I arose quite early. – – Brother went out ducking again before breakfast, but didn’t have any luck, he & Mag left this evening. – – Mr. Wyatt sent Pa ten hogs. Ma had the fat &c dried up this evening. – – I am still busy sewing on my blue dress. I put on two flounces this evening.