Monday, 26 September, 1864

A most beautiful day. Bartlett started to Richmond in the wagon about 12, carried eight bushels potatoes (sweet), one hundred the finest I had ever seen, and one hundred herring. Sent two doz. to Mary, and some peaches, chinquapens, &c to Bake. Bill wrote to Moore and Turner and I wrote to Bake. Sent for brl. lime, an oven, curry comb, 10 lbs. brown sugar. – – Requesting him at the same time to rectify those bags of Mr. Wilson’s and ours, and collect the balance in his hands, and get new issue for it.1 – – 20 bushels oats.

  1. Caroline first wrote of a Mr. Wilson 11, July. The occasion was a trip by Bill and her brother William, (Uncle Billy) to Ayletts. She wrote: “Gave them a shock while Bake was copying a little piece of writing for her Uncle Bill, and I settled up our affairs from Richmond. Couldn’t collect his interest on bonds or coupons. – – Found he couldn’t get 6 pr. ct. bonds for the money in Mr. Turner’s hands. some 10 or 11,000$, also 1,000$ or more in the hands of Mr. Wilson.” Obviously the Littlepages and this Mr. Wilson had financial dealings. But it was unclear who Wilson was, or where he lived. Today Bartlett is in Richmond. He has taken a shopping list from Caroline to the merchants at Moore and Turner as well as a request to, “rectify those bags of Mr. Wilson’s and ours, and collect the balance in his hands, and get new issue for it. – – 20 bushels oats.” Caroline seems to always choose her words carefully. Rectify means to put something right. So it seems a mistake has been made (or a deception attempted) and she is seeking an adjustment. But we are no closer to identifying this Mr. Wilson.  (back)