Tuesday, 14 February, 1865

A cold but bright day. Bill set the hands about getting ice, then went up for mail and returned to dinner with a very nice gentleman, a Mr. Slade, superintending some Government wagons, potatoes.1Confederate citizen records show several persons involved in procuring during the war. Unfortunately none point obviously towards Bake’s Mr. Slade. Caroline does not quite express her feelings at her daughter’s pleasure in his company, although she does describe him as, ..”a very nice gentleman.” It was too cold to do anything with potatoes, so Bill engaged him to take back a load of corn to Richmond for one-fifth of the corn, and accordingly went about getting it out. – – Bake is so much pleased with the gentleman, that she entertains him in her parlor till eleven o’clk., at which time we all retired. Bill slept in the back chamber in order for me to call him at one o’clk. to go about the corn, and it is so intensely cold that the children have all slept in my chamber for several nights. – – Bill brought Pigeo a very nice valentine from the mail and a letter from Clarence Bell.2One might think an appropriate Clarence Bell would be easy to identify. But no. Unfortunately he does not reappear in the Journal. If any readers have a suggestion I would love to hear it. This may be the Mr. Bell who visited Woodbury 21 June last year.