Saturday, 9 July, 1864

A pleasant morning. Very propitious for rain. Took a ride on Shakespeare to the oatfield and over to the wheat field. Returned again and gave out dinner to Martha. Sent Parky to shocking oats. – – Bake’s making a shuck hat for herself. Bettie twisted sewing cotton. Martha got dinner. Stuart is more quiet today, doesn’t fret as much as he did yesterday. – – Bettie cleaned the dining room floor this evening. – – Zac started to Dr. Lewis early this morning to accompany the girls to Mr. Robert Hill’s.1The Personal Property Tax Books for this period show a Robert Hill and a Robert C. Hill. But there is no listing for a Robert Hill in the Land books other than a Robert A. Hill who lives in New Kent County. Again, perhaps a later entry will help identify this Robert Hill. They declined going. He spent the night. – – I walked up to the turn alone nearly about twilight.