Tuesday, 29 November, 1864

A fine morning. Sent Tom to Hill’s for Mrs. Neale’s satchel sent there by mistake.1 Borrowed, by promise, her sausage mill. The boy came by for the mail and brought 1 doz. letters for Bake, Pigeo, Rose, Bill and myself. Among them one from Hardie, who arrived in Richmond Monday, requesting me to send over for his baggage and for himself. O, I am so thankful to that providence which has preserved him through so many perils. Not having a good tumbrel, I sent Tom on Shakespeare to borrow Ju’s, but he was unsuccessful. I then sent Washington to borrow Harden’s. He soon returned and told me I could get it. I gave directions to Bartlett to have him team well attended to and make an early start to Harden’s in the morning and go on from there. Bake wrote to Mary by him. Requested Hardie to collect the 1044$ in Mr. Wilson’s hands of mine.2

  1. This is the only reference to a Mrs. Neale in the journal. However in 1863 there are only two Neale families listed in the tax rolls in Lower King William Parish, Robert Neale living at Drewry Lane, and Sarah G. Neale. Robert Neale’s wife was the former Mary Ellen Smith of the Smith’s Ferry Smiths. Sarah G. Neale was the widow of James Peyton Neale and the mother of J. Stanley Neale, a frequent visitor at Woodbury and at Zion Church. As Robert Neale and his wife attended Colosse Baptist, I’m leaning to the satchel belonging to Sarah G.  (back)
  2. We last heard of Mr. Wilson and the ~1,000$ on 26 September. Obviously the debt is still outstanding. Now that Hardie is back and in Richmond. Caroline will try again to collect. This time she describes her money as being in Mr. Wilson’s hands.  (back)