Tuesday, 11 April, 1865

Change of programme. Lee and his Army surrendered. I’ll make no comment, but believe as firmly as ever in providence, and believe all’s for the best. I know who is at the helm, and I will put my trust in him for all that is to come. I trust my faith may be sufficiently strong to say with Job, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust him.”1 – – I have been at work in the garden today, though it’s quite wet. Sowed celery seed. – – Made a deposit of 40 pieces valuable articles and ten more in a box, 13 in another box.2 – – On slacking a barrel of lime this evening, found one of the barrels I purchased in Richmond had either become air slacked or was not the right kind of lime. Ju will be very much disappointed as I promised to let him have a barrel. – – Horace came down this evening to bring the news. – – Let all the house servants go out to plant corn today, except Martha, Tom, Frank and Buck. Took little Ben in the house while Dellah was out. He has not been well today. – – Bake had the shad canned the boys caught yesterday, some 75. They caught a few more today. Bartlett and Washington went out tonight and caught ½ doz. Gave them both two. – – Who knows what a day may bring forth?

  1. Job 13:15, JKV. The full passage reads: “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.”  (back)
  2. Caroline seems to be placing “valuable articles” underground where they might reside safely, i.e.,“burying the silver.”  (back)