Sunday, 8 January, 1865

We were awakened about 4 o’clk. by the return of Bake and Pigeo. Bill, long before they did. I sent the mules to pull the carriage home. The horses had pulled all they intended to pull. – – I arose at that time and sat up till day. – – Fixed up two small bundles to send Zac by the Rangers, comprising a pair of gloves, two kinds paper, envelopes, stamps, a letter from Bake, a roll of peach leather, a doz. ginger, some jumbles and pound cake. Sent a long letter of four pages foolscap and $100 by Mr. Powell, also a letter from Nan. – – I went to the barn and had feeding done this morning. Wouldn’t have the children disturbed. Hardie would have gone out, but his arm was too bad. This is Sunday morning. Had his arm rubbed with a preparation Hal prescribed for him Friday evening. – – I looked at the horses to see if I thought they could pull us to Church. I thought it rather doubtful, but anyhow I tried them. Had much difficulty and would never have gotten there but for Larkin’s kindness, who dismounted at the foot of Mrs. George’s hill and put his horse in place of Shakespeare and he rode him.1 We managed to get to Church. – – Cousin Lem was very interesting. We returned to dinner. Pigeo remained at home with Hardie, who is an invalid, and Bill wants sleep. – – After dinner I gave the children jelly and cream. They enjoyed it very much. Beck came home today.

  1. Mrs. George lived at Cherry Hill, a small farm on the road from the Court House to Horse Landing. There is a sharp incline as the road rises from the Mattiponi floodplain towards the ridge where Courthouse is situated. Caroline would have been trying to come up that hill under bad conditions. Even today with a modern hard surface this stretch requires care in wet weather.  (back)