Tuesday, May 31st, 1853

Nothing of importance occurs, we still sewing on our everlasting dresses. – – Pa was highly gratified to hear from the elections. Caskie was elected by eight hundred majority.[1] – – Ma has been busy all day cutting out summer clothes for the boys. – – Pa spent the morning at Woodbury, evening at Walkerton and here together. He has finished weeding his corn over for the first time. – – I feel quite gloomy today and indeed have felt so ever since the walk Aunt Rose and myself took. – – The dear little baby is no better. Sister finished her dress. – – Aunt Clary was sent for to Aunt Becky.

  1. [1]Hon. John S. Caskie, Democrat, would be re-elected to the United State House of Representatives defeating Whig candidate Clayton G. Coleman with 54.89 % of the vote.

Monday, May 30th, 1853

We all arose quite early, I attended to breakfast as usual. – – Sister and myself still sewing on our cambric dresses, it does seem that we will never finish them. – – GrandPa went up to Uncle Hill’s this evening with Bil on his way to the Academy. He has suffered a good deal with sore feet, owing to walking up here in a pair of new shoes. He has been unable to wear his shoes for several days. – – Pa spent the day at Woodbury, took dinner at Uncle Hardin’s. Sister & myself walked over to the machine house, had rare fun running from the cows &c. – – Pa hired about a half dozen servants from Col. Skyren to cut clover, one half for the other.[1] – – I had entirely forgot to make mention of a fall I had this morning. I am sure it will never be forgotten by either of us three (Ma, Sis & I). – – The dear little is worse than she was yesterday, she has had a burning fever all the evening. We sat up with her ‘till nearly twelve.

  1. [1]This sounds like Col. Skyrin received half of the clover in exchange for ‘his” labor.

Sunday, May 29th, 1853

Aunt Rose, Uncle Hill & myself left quite early for Mount Hope, found Mag & brother there when we arrived. They all stayed an hour or two with us before church time. Ma, Pa & Sister went down to Jerusalem to hear Dr. Duval (senior). They were all highly delighted, Pa particularly. – – Uncle Hardin & his family, Uncle Hill and his Uncle Washington, Cousin Fes, brother & Mag took dinner with us. – – Sister and myself attended Colosse in the afternoon. When we returned, found them all busy trying to make the table talk, but I believe they all concluded afterwards it was nothing but a humbug from beginning to end, except Uncle Hill & Cousin Fes.[1] – – Amanda cooked dinner today for the first time. Patsy, Maria & Beck are all three sick. – – Our strawberries are in greater perfection than we have ever had them. The company all left about sunset. – – Sister and I walked around to Holly Fork. – – The dear little baby is sicker now than she has been for some time.

  1. [1]It appears the Littlepages are trying their hand at Spiritualism.

Saturday, May 28th, 1853

Spent the day and night with Aunt Rose, enjoyed myself very much. She and myself took a long walk, in sight of old “Flot-beck.”[1] Talked of old times &c. I felt very gloomy afterwards. I went in a room by myself and took a long cry after we returned. – – The bees swarmed again today and Ma lost them. It is the first swarm she’s lost this summer, altho’ they’ve swarmed so frequently. She took some of the nicest honey out one of the hives I ever saw. – – Sister sent over to Walkerton for some trimmings for her white muslin. Succeeded in getting them, very pretty. – – Uncle Hill dined at Woodbury with Pa & Uncle Hardin, Washington & Mr. Pollard. They hauled the seine but caught very few shad. – – Ma went to see Mrs. L., brought her counter-pane home.[2] – – Mr. G. Lipscomb sent Ma about a bushel of May cherries.[3]

  1. [1]Rose’s Ma and Rose grew up at Flotbeck, adjacent to the Littlepage seat of Aspen Grove. In 1853 it is owned by William M. Gary. It is currently listed for sale.
  2. [2]Certainly “old” Mrs. Lipscomb. Ma visited her to discuss counterpanes on 19 March.
  3. [3]The only likely Mr. G. Lipscomb found in the 1850 US census is George Lipscomb, the 19 year old son of Bartlett Lipscomb. We met Bartlett on 22 February.

Friday, May 27th, 1853

Sister and myself went up to Aunt Rose’s to see Mary directly after breakfast but to our great disappointment Uncle Hill had just carried her over to school. He regretted carrying her over today very much, it being Friday. – – Bartlett carried the buggy up for Bil after dinner. He and Sister left about sundown. I remained all night. Cousin Fes and myself took a nice long walk after they left. Found a guinea’s nest with thirty-four eggs in it. – – Clara & Ma together, made a pair of pants for GrandPa.

Thursday, May 26th, 1853

I arose this morning with the determination to finish my cambrick dress, if such a thing could be done. I had no sooner taken my seat to work than Mag & brother came down to spend the day with us, so I had just to put up my work for the remainder of the day. – – Brother carried GrandPa up in his buggy after dinner to vote for Caskie. We amused ourselves very much while they were gone. I tried on every old dress I’ve had since the “Flood” and then Mag’s wedding dress. I thought she and Sister would have “split their sides” laughing at me. – – Pa returned home about sunset not very much pleased at the election thus far. Caskie only got 91 at the Ct. House and Coleman 25. The people didn’t come to the poles. – – I have been able to teach Zac & Ed scarcely at all today. – – The bees swarmed again, but Ma succeeded in hiving them very easily.

Wednesday, May 25th, 1853

Another rainy day, brother came down for some corn and spent an hour or two with us. Ma sent Mag up a plate of butter, jug of molasses &c. Sister and myself spent the day doing nothing as usual. – – Strawberries not quite so plentiful as formerly. – – Pa spent the day at Woodbury and returned home to supper. – – Brother was highly delighted to find GrandPa with us. He insists on taking him to the election tomorrow to vote for Caskie. He is suffering very much from a pair of light shoes he walked up in.

Tuesday, May 24th, 1853

Sister and myself intended spending the day with Mary, but the rain prevented us.[1] Bake went home with Rosa Temple.[2] – – The boys came home about four o’clock as wet as drowned rats. – – Pa spent the day at Woodbury, returned home to supper. Ma cut out GrandPa’s summer coat. We soon finished it, it fits like “Ellie’s shirt.”[3] – – I was disappointed in not receiving a letter from Richmond.

  1. [1]Hill King and wife Rose have a daughter Mary, about 15. Rose and Sister will visit with Mary on Friday.
  2. [2]Rosa was the daughter of merchant William (Baylor) Temple and Eliza Hill Roy. She would have been about 11.
  3. [3]Any ideas about the phrase “Ellie’s shirt” are gratefully welcome.

Monday, May 23rd, 1853

Ma spent the day with brother. – – Quarterly court commences today. – – GrandPa walked up from Cohoke to see us. – – Sister has been busy all the morning sewing up the pockets & sleeves of Cousin Tom’s overcoat that Pa wore here the other day. We had a considerable scuffle which of us should do it. – – Pa took supper at Mr. Pollard’s, returned home ten o’clock. Judge Caskie was down from Richmond, he & Mr. Minor had debates.[1]

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  2. [1] – – Messrs. Bosher & N. B. Hill bought the Ct. H. property. It was the opinion of the community that Pa would buy it, although he never advanced such an idea.[2]In 1852 the 540 acre tract named “Ct House” was listed on the tax rolls as belonging to Thomas W. S. Gregory’s Estate. This year it is listed under the name of Mary Gregory, by will. Mary was his wife and first cousin. Next year, reflecting this sale, it will be owned by N. B. Hill (Nathaniel Boush Hill) of Richmond, prominent slave trader. Hill was born in King and Queen County, married Emily Brooke Gwathmey of King William, but lived much of his life in Richmond. At the time of this purchase he was serving on the Richmond Council. Mr. Bosher’s name is not mentioned on the tax rolls for this property.

Sunday, May 22nd, 1853

A day that time can never erase from my memory, one of the most wretched days of my existence.

“There is a time when all that grieves us
Is felt with a deeper gloom
There is a time when hope deceives us
And we dream of bright days to come.”

A very truthful sentiment, for indeed I have allowed hope to deceive me. – – Pa rode down to Woodbury directly after breakfast, returned before we came from church. Ma, myself & the children attended Jerusalem. Old Dr. Duval preached, he had quite a small congregation owing to a large protracted meeting that’s going on down at West Point. – – Emily, Cousin Hardin, Aunt Martha, Mag & brother dined with us, they all left about sunset. Sister and myself took a long walk. – – The bees swarmed while we were at church. Bil hived them.