Wednesday, December 7th, 1853

I arose as usual, put the curtains up in the other chamber and did various other things. Ma has been quite sick all day. Brother & Mag came down directly after dinner, brought Herbert & Louisa and spent the night.[1] Brother went out ducking just before sunset and killed three of the finest ducks I ever saw at one shoot. – – Pa came very near being killed this evening in the same way Mr. James Cobb did. He has been suffering with a dreadful headache ever since. – – I wrote a long letter to Sister tonight after everyone had retired. Ma came up and sat with me an hour or more.

  1. [1]Louisa may be one of the “hired on” house servants at Oak Dale.

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