Saturday, 23 July, 1864

Quite a pretty day. – – Parky did up some things for Bake and Pigeo. Sally Hill came for a barrel of corn this morning. Larkin promises to see it returned out of the new crop.1 – – Finished machining wheat before dinner. – – And commenced fanning.2 – – I finished a handsome suit of Va. cloth for Bill today, worth $500. He is much pleased with the fitting and looks well in them. He values them more highly on account of the roundabout being mixed with Leo’s hair.3 – – Bake finished that everlasting piece of cloth (to?)day and she really rejoices, and her head aches too bad for her to make as big a fuss about it as she would otherwise do. – – I have furnished Bill with four pairs pants, and a roundabout, and Zac the same, besides various other articles of wearing apparel, such as shirts, drawers, socks, &c, &c, all home manufacture and most beautiful hat made by Bake.

  1. Who is this Sally Hill? That in the next sentence Larkin Garrett, “promises to see it returned out of the new crop” indicates he is guaranteeing repayment. A family listed as black in the same 1860 KW U.S. Census enumeration district as the Littlepages and Garretts is headed by Fanny Hill, 60. Listed next is a daughter, Sally, 26. She is the only Sally Hill to be found. Is the corn for him or the Hills? Do the Hills work for the Garretts? As we read through this journal we will find Larkin mentioned frequently as both a neighbor and business associate.  (back)
  2. Separating the wheat from the chaff. The kernels of wheat are thrown into the air. The light chaff to blows away and the wheat kernel falls back to the ground where they are collected.  (back)
  3. Leo is a family dog.  (back)