Monday, 17 October, 1864

A very beautiful day. Commenced sowing wheat today. Bill sowed 16 bushels. – – Mrs. Moser came and brought my tin bucket. Gave her some butter in consideration. – – Old Mrs. Lipscomb came also. Brought a jug for molasses. Made some more grape and apple preserves today. – – Martha’s about the potatoes. Dellah weaving. Bettie got more leaves for dying. Nannie rode to the C. H. and had Liv’s letter mailed. They are both at home on account of Camm’s being sick. – – Patsy spinning yarn for flannel and Parky spinning cotton for servants’ clothes. – – I am feeling right indisposed today. Have been spitting up blood from come cause or other. Slight hemorrhage from the lungs I imagine. – – Mr. Hillyard and St. Coalter came to bring Bill papers from Lieut. Haw.1 They rode to the field. I sent dinner there, but Bill did not want it and turned the boy back. I dined at table on what I sent him. Miss Judy was here, and amuses us so much.

  1. St. George Tucker Coalter, II of King William, 24, was a member of the Home Guard on Light Duty. St. George’s grandfather was John Coalter, lawyer and Justice of the Virginia Supreme Court from 1811 to 1831. John Coalter was a tutor in the family of St. George Tucker (1752-1827), the distinguished lawyer, judge, and professor at the College of William and Mary. Coalter worked as tutor without pay, but in exchange for legal training. St. George Tucker Coalter, II’s mother was Judith Harrison Tomlin, older sister of Col. Harrison Ball Tomlin of the King William’s 53rd Virginia. Liv. Littlepage enlisted under Col. Tomlin.  (back)