Friday, 22 July, 1864

Machining again today. Ju sent Sarah down to take Beck’s place and let her go back.1 I did so. – – Bake is trying her best to get Mary’s cloth out today, but she says it’s like the old woman’s cruse of oil, no end to it.2 – – Bill dismissed Sarah this evening. Only a few hours work for our own hands in the morning. – – Zac walked up for the mail today. Not much news of importance today.

  1. Sarah must be one of Dr. Ju’s and Mag’s slaves.  (back)
  2. 1 Kings 17:16. The transcript shows “curse.” Caroline’s handwriting again. A cruse is an earthen vessel, the reference a common Biblical metaphor Caroline would have known.  (back)