Saturday, 24 December, 1864

We awoke and found it raining this morning, but soon cleared up. Mr. Henley returned the corn I loaned him last summer, 13 ½  bushels. The boy stole Washington’s pants and I let him get a boat and go over the river for them. He soon returned with the pants. – – I made some beautiful jelly today, and a pound cake this evening. – – Bake and Hardie spent the evening at the Hill’s. – – Bill returned from Richmond about ten o’clk. – – Mary sent Pigeo the black muslin dress presented to her by Bill when he returned from Baltimore. I presented it to her as I did not intend she should put on mourning at the time. – – Luce sent me two bags apples and one to Hardin. Bill treated himself to a splendid suit of clothes and a pair of shoes, also had his hat dyed. Brought Pigeo and myself a letter from Mary. – – Mrs. Lipscomb and Bettie came this morning.1A Judy Lipscomb, about 54 in 1864, had a daughter Elizabeth who would have been about 25. They may have lived adjacent to Camm Garrett. Or this might be the Bettie Lipscomb who visited Woodbury on 21 July with Mrs. Crow. As Caroline does not write Bettie’s surname, she might be a slave. There is a Woodbury slave named Bettie who first appeared 6 June. So many Lipscombs, so many Betties, so little time. – – Pigeo and Nan, with Bettie, went after running cedar. We all took dinner in the chamber. – – Bake and Hardie returned late, having spent a pleasant evening.