Rather a lonesome day. The company all left quite early. Sister slept all day. I amused myself thinking of the absent, the present, past and future. – – Pa left very early for Dr. Braxton’s. Went from there to Woodbury, where he spent the night. – – The “Star” has commenced to run up to Walkerton again. Pa thinks of going as far as Norfolk the next trip she makes, on his way to Baltimore. – – Sixteen shad.
I am happy to find we have such a pretty day. The company met about sundown, we danced until 3 o’clk. I never spent a more agreeable evening in my life. May Hill played the violin for us. Dr. Minor & Mr. Chandler were not here, they were compelled to return yesterday. Cousin Fendall, Cousin Tom, Messrs. Hawes, Hanes, Corr, Skyren, King, Slaughter & brother I believe were the only gentlemen. The Misses Lewis, Ginnie, Ada, Nannie Boykin & Mag the only ladies. We expected Mollie Turner, but she was unable to come on account of the sickness of Mrs. Gray, her Aunt. She wrote to me by Cousin Fendall. Mr. King, the Misses Lewis, Mag & brother spent the night. – – Only two shad.
Pa caught sixty four shad. – – Nothing particular occurs today. We’ve been busy all day making cake &c. I had the parlor carpet taken up & the floor waxed so that I can scarcely stand up on it myself. Ma & myself made some of the nicest cake today I ever saw in my life. – – Pa stopped at the Ct. House to mail a letter on his way from Woodbury. Some gentleman, he thinks it was Mr. T. Hanes, sent the children on home in the buggy and told them Pa said he would remain all night at the tavern, but he since walked home, he didn’t relish the joke very well.
A very beautiful morning. Messrs. Hanes and Dabney left between eleven and twelve. Messrs. Corr & Lipscomb called this morning and spent an hour or two, brother & Mag left quite early for Oak Dale. – – Sister and myself spent quite a lonesome day after they all left. We walked over to the Machine House to see poor Clifford; he died last night owing they all think to Bil’s straining him so hard last evening and his manner of riding him to the academy generally. – – Ma has been busy all day cutting out bed quilt pieces. – – Uncle Billy came by very early from court and spent the evening with us. – – Pa returned with him about an hour or two after dark and was very much surprised to find us at home. He said we were certainly expected at Mrs. Hill’s, that Maj. Hill had carried down several young gentlemen so we might have a dance. Well we thought we would be very fashionable and go around after supper which we did, and had a very agreeable little party. About eight or ten gentlemen, Dr. Minor from Essex, Mr. Chandler from Carolina, Mr. Hawes, Mr. Corr, Mr. King, Mr. T. Hanes, and others. We returned home about one o’clk. Pa invited them all here next Wednesday evening. – – Easter Monday. – – Pa caught sixty shad.
Ma and myself attended Church, brother & Mag came by and brought Sister on their way down. Old Dr. Duval preached. I believe they settled some of the Church difficulties. After preaching was over, they decided that Mr. Short should not preach any more ‘till he brought them a letter from the church in Richmond, and if he doesn’t do that he must be turned out of church. Brother and Mag returned with us to dinner. We all rode around to Mrs. Hill’s and spent the evening with Ada and Nannie Boykin. As soon as we returned, Mr. Garland Hanes and Mr. Dabney from Richmond called and spent the night, brother & Mag did the same.
I have been afraid several times today that the wind would blow the house over. I have never known any thing to equal it in my life. – – I have been busy all the morning making a pair of oriental sleeves to Ma’s drab mouslaine. Spent the evening in reading old newspapers &c. – – It rained so hard just about night that Pa and the children were compelled to remain all night at Woodbury. Uncle Edmund and his children did the same. – – They all had fine luck fishing. Caught one shad between them. – – They had quite a company there to dinner. Mr. Pollard, Uncle Hardin, Uncle Washington, Cousin Emmet and several others. Sister is still at Oak Dale. We intended sending for her, but the wind prevented us. Ma made Bartlet wash the carriage.
Nothing particular occurs today. – – Brother came down for some more strawberry plants this morning, and Sister returned with him. Pa, Brother & Cousin Fes spent the night at Woodbury. I believe they were out in the river until three or four o’clk trying to shoot “muskrats,” but I don’t believe they had much luck. – – Aunt Maria was taken much worse about ten o’clk in the night, and we had to send down there for brother. – – Pa caught twenty-five shad. – – I received a letter from Lilie and one from Tavie also.
I spent the day mostly in writing. Wrote three letters, one to Willie, Tavie and Mollie Turner. – – Brother came down this afternoon and performed an operation on Sister’s hand (that of burning the nails off with caustick). I have no doubt she will suffer a great deal with them. – – Ambrose and Aunt Maria are still sick. I am afraid the latter will never recover, she has been sick so long. – – Ma has a dozen of the sweetest little ducks I ever saw hatched today. – – Pa only caught fourteen shad today, owing to it’s being so very windy. He commenced plowing at Woodbury this morning. – – Jim made a short stay out.
Rather an unlikely day. Mr. Coleman preached at Jerusalem. There is a very bad state of affairs existing in that church at this time between old Dr. Duval and the Smyrna & Sycamore church in Richmond about immersion in relation to baptism. In all probability I think there will very apt be a split in the Reform church. – – Mag & Brother came by this morning on their way down to church and took Sister in the buggy with them. The carriage horses are plowing and Pa drove Frank to the buggy down to “Woodbury” so Ma and myself were disappointed in going. We had to wait dinner for them ‘till past four o’clk, and then nothing was settled. – – Pa returned from Woodbury rather earlier than usual, it being too windy to float. He only caught twenty-five shad. Pa sent up four shad to Mr. Pitts this morning by Bil. – – Jim ran away from the overseer today. I hope he will find Amanda before he comes back. – – Brother was sent for to see Ambrose.
Nothing of importance takes place today. I received a very sweet letter from Willie, expected one from Lilie but was disappointed. – – Ma has been busy all day making mince pies, cakes &c. – – Mrs. Sale sent her a grevel rose. – – I commenced teaching Eddy & Zac this morning. I couldn’t have possibly believed that they could have forgotten so much since last November. – – Pa had very good luck fishing today. Caught forty two shad.