Saturday, April 30th, 1853

Pa spent the day at Woodbury, commenced hauling the seine, caught eighty-three shad, and two or three hundred herrings. Liv caught seventeen in the evening in the float seine, which made one hundred. He sold all he caught to Mr. Egbert Lipscomb at the landing.[1] – – Brother and Mag came by from down the county and spent the night. We all promenaded the garden ‘till dark. After supper we went in the parlor and played & sang on the Piano ‘till eleven. – – We’ve had beautiful weather now for two or three weeks.

  1. [1]Egbert E. Lipscomb, about 32, his wife, Ann Nancy [Russell] Lipscomb, and two small children, Melina and James, appear in the 1850 US Census.

Friday, April 29th, 1853

One of the warmest days I’ve ever spent. – – Brother & Mag came by on their way down to Uncle William Ellett’s about three o’clock. Sister returned home this evening with Bil. He brought one of the prettiest little puppies home with him I ever saw, given him by one of the Academy boys. – – Liv caught nineteen shad. – – Pa took supper at Uncle Hardin’s, returned home about ten o’clock. – – Washed the parlor curtains, put the curtains up.

Thursday, April 28th, 1853

Pa took dinner with brother & Mag, sent Hardy up in the buggy for Sister, but she didn’t return. She and Fes had just equipped themselves for a ride on horseback. – – Beck, Patsy & Maria – – all three sick. – – Ma sent Hannah to the cowpen to milk for the first time in her life and I thought we would have killed ourselves laughing at her. – – We had a joyful time cooking supper. Hannah baked the bread. Ambrose made coffee. Ma fried the shad, and I fried the buckwheat. Each of us had a separate fireplace. I never enjoyed a supper as much in my life. – – I’ve done nothing all day but read Gus Howard. – – Liv caught nine shad.

Wednesday, April 27th, 1853

Ma and myself spent quite a lonely day. Sister is with Aunt Rose. – – Ma warped a piece of striped cloth in the morning. In the afternoon, carried it to “Miss Kitty Paul.”[1]– – I commenced reading “Gus Howard,” found it very interesting.[2] – – Ma brought me some very pretty flowers. She got rhubarb plants to set out. – – Liv caught eleven shad. – – Ma carried the old lady a dozen shad.

  1. [1]“Miss Kitty Paul” remains unidentified.
  2. [2]Gus Howard, by John Fredrick (J. F.) Smith (1804-1890) prolific purveyor of popular Victorian “penny” literature.

Tuesday, April 26th, 1853

Aunt Rose came down about one o’clock and spent the day. We had not taken dinner when she got here. She took us very much on surprise. Sister and myself were busy making our cambrick dresses. The former returned home with her. – – I received letters from Tavie & Willie this evening. I was very sorry to learn that Willie’s health would not admit her visiting us this Spring as we anticipated, but the Dr. decided that she must go up to Buckingham. – – Pa took supper at Mr. Pollard’s, returned home about twelve. – – The case of Dr. Wills was continued today. – – Liv caught thirteen shad.

Monday, April 25th, 1853

Nothing particular occurs. – – The Trial of Dr. Wills takes place at King William Ct. House today.[1] It is thought he will certainly be sent to the “Penitentiary.” I have never known more general sympathy for any one in my life. – – Pa returned home to supper. Liv caught nineteen shad. – – The dear little baby is recovering slowly.

  1. [1]No information about Dr. Wills or his trial has been found. So far.

Saturday, April 23rd, 1853

The dear little baby has been worse today than she has been for a week. – – Sister and myself have been busy all day making Spring dresses for Bake. Ma got her a very pretty bonnet at Walkerton the other day. Sister & I ironed the parlor curtains this evening. – – Pa commenced planting corn in “McCallister’s” today.[1] Pa returned home to supper, did not fish today and in fact hasn’t fished in the day for a fortnight or more.

  1. [1]King William Land Tax rolls for 1837 show Lewis Littlepage purchasing 180 acres of land from James B. McAllister of North Carolina. The parcel is located “adj. Ottoman Slaughter & Joseph H. Robins ½ miles s.s.e. of the Courthouse.

Friday, April 22nd, 1853

I have been busy altering my white muslin &c all day. Sister and myself cut out our white cambrick skirts this evening. – – Bil walked down from the Academy. – – We didn’t receive either papers or letters this evening. I do bless the old Post Masters.[1] – – Pa remained all night at Woodbury; caught twenty-six shad. They never think of floating any time now but at night. Liv has been staying down there all the season. He came up this evening and we scarcely recognized him. He was so burnt and had turned so ugly, Ma declared he should call her Mrs. Littlepage. – – Pa finished liming at Woodbury.

  1. [1]See 9 April for this usage of “bless.”