Arose about an hour today. Eat breakfast by candlelight. – – Pa commenced delivering his corn to Dr. P. P. Duval, worked the carriage horses to the wagon, with the view of taming them a little. They drew finely. – – Brother came down to see James, found him much better. – – Ma set up an hour or two, she is improving right fast. Pa is anxious for her to send for old Dr. Duval or Gregg, one which she says she will do if she has a relapse. – – Bil stayed from school on account of the corn. – – I wrote three letters, Tavie, Willie, Molley Turner: T.W.M.
Arose as usual, a glorious day. Sister & Lilie took a long walk after breakfast. Uncle Edmund came by on his way to church. Lilie and I retired to our room about ten to arrange ourselves for church, but were disappointed in going. – – “Mr. Brown,” one of the carriage horses, kicked James down, injured him not a great deal. We were determined not to be out done, so we walked around to “Holly Fork.” – – Aunt Rose came by and spent about an hour with Ma. She is rather better today, brother went down to Jerusalem. They came by and sat a little while, or at least Pa sent for brother to come down and see James. As soon as he returned from church, he was sent for down to Mr. Martin Slaughter’s to see Corbin. One of the arteries in his wrist was burnt and had commenced bleeding. He got there in time to stop it. It was about ten miles from here. He didn’t get back home until after sundown. He pretty soon got something to eat and he & Mag left in a hurry for “Oak Dale,” accompanied by Sister and Lilie. – – Sent for Dr. L. again to Ma, not at home.
Arose as usual. – – Brother came by about ten o’clk from poor Mr. Trimmer’s & informed us of his death. We were all very much shocked to hear it. He told us when he left there the day before that he was so much better it would not be necessary for him to go see him any more, but after Brother left, he was very imprudent. Went walking about in the yard in his shirt sleeves and was soon taken with a relapse. He died about eight o’clk this morning. He was a gentleman, very highly respected & beloved by every one that knew him. His death was deeply regretted by his friends. – – Pa went up to “Oak Dale” for Lilie and Bake, they returned just before night.
Arose before day. Pa and myself eat breakfast by candlelight. He was anxious to get down to Woodbury soon enough to finish sowing his clover seed, which he did and returned home to supper. – – I slept down in the chamber on the lounge last night. Ma & the baby both quite sick. Don’t think I slept more than an hour & half all night. Brother came down to see Ma twice during the day. Sent for Dr. Lewis, not at home, sent for Tebbs, not at home.
A little colder than it was yesterday. I never felt such weather in my life. – – Mag got up quite early & went down and had a mighty nice breakfast for us. Ma sent Hardin & Bake for me just before dinner. – – Mr. Butt and Ginnie spent the evening with us. I brought all of Mag’s keys home with me through a mistake. – – Ma not so well.
Arose very early. Brother and Mag left for Oak Dale this morning. Lilie & I accompanied them. Pa went up also to help them fix. They took their first meal there tonight. We fasted from breakfast to supper. I think they have a very good cook and in fact I like all of his servants very much, especially for hired servants. – – I had never fancied to myself before today what it was to leave the home of our childhood forever. Oh! what sweetness there is in the very sound of home, home, the home of our childhood and of our youth. Should I ever be separated from it how often will the pleasures of it steal over my heart. I felt so sad all day. I could not refrain from giving vent to my tears several times during the day. – – I love Mag dearly, and hope she and brother will get along well. I think she will be very economical in housekeeping, which I like to see. Lilie & I slept up in the garret. It reminded me of old times about eleven years ago. – – It has been one of the coldest days ever spent. – – Ma still confined to her bed.
Arose as usual. Nothing particular occurs, brother had several patients. – – He, Mag & I went to Oak Dale this evening for the first time. Mag was very much pleased. Found every thing in very nice order about the house and yard. We unpacked the crockery and most of the furniture. He broke the looking glass to his bureau, but walked over to the Ct. House, and found Cousin Ammon, who was going to Richmond in a few days. He promised to take it over for him and have it fixed. – – We returned home about dark, found Mr. F. Dickinson, Mr. Pollard, Uncle Hardin & Mr. Powell here. They stayed until eleven o’clk, and made them a large pitcher of apple toddy. They declared it to be the best they ever drank. – – Ma was sick and as I am housekeeper, I had to preside at the head of the table. Really, I received such a compliment that night, and as it came from two old married gentlemen, I will write it in my journal. They declared that I presided with more dignity & grace than any young lady they ever saw. I hope if any one should accidentally ever read this, they will not be “goose” enough to think I swallowed all that. Now for the (“Spoon“) (“Spoon“) (“Spoon“). That will never be forgotten.
Arose uncommonly early & had breakfast before sunrise. Pa had to go to Walkerton to see about Brother’s furniture & he had to go some distance to see a patient before court. Brother returned about three in the evening, had an old hare fried for his dinner. Pa took supper at Uncle Hardin’s, returned home about eleven o’clk. He hired a servant from Mrs. Motley. – – Ma still confined to her bed.
Arose very early as usual. It was my Sunday to go to Church, but Ma wanted me to stay with her, so I consented to do so and let Sister go as she was very anxious. Mr. Slaughter & Cousin Fes returned with them and stayed ‘till ten o’clk. I didn’t favor sitting at the head of the table much, so I had a traveling supper for them. We played & sang a good many hymns. We teased Cousin Fes a good deal about Miss Fanny and I don’t think he liked it much. We had some mighty nice pies & jelly & custard for dinner, & also some handed around in the evening with some ground peas &c. We amused ourselves very much playing “nuts in my hands.” – – Ma and the dear little baby still sick.
Arose very early this morning, nothing particular occurs during the day. – – I made some nice green apple pies this evening to eat with some jelly & custard Ma made while we were gone. – – The girls returned from Uncle Hill’s this evening.- – Ma still confined to her bed. I don’t believe she has been out of it for three weeks. – – The ever memorable discussion about “who made the best jelly,” Ma or cousin Maria, took place today.