Sunday, 14 August, 1864

Still hot and dry. – – Mary, myself and all the children attended Zion. Zac detained us sometime. He and Mr. Hanes had taken a walk. Cousin Lem was there and his wife with him. They promised to visit us while they are down. We returned by Ju’s and home to dinner. Bill came from Richmond soon after. Had quite a refreshing rain with vivid lightning this evening. We all took a walk after the rain, going by the barn to see the shoats. – – Mary and I went in the barn to look at the wheat. The door has been unlocked for the last 4 or 5 days. The boys are too careless with the keys. There’s no knowing what we have lost by that this year.