Wednesday, 12 April, 1865

Fine growing weather. Martha’s preparing a square for ground peas. Bill rode his new horse to the C.H. Various rumors are afloat. – – Pigeo and Nan made me a couple aprons today. – – Finished slacking the barrel of lime. It’s very nice white wash. – – Dellah plants corn with the rest, gets dinner when she comes to attend to Ben. Bake takes him in her room while she is out. – – Col. McLaughlin came this afternoon to spend the night. – – He is ever hopeful. – – But Bill is entirely hopeless. More cut down than I ever knew him to be under any circumstances. – – Had shad salted and filled a quarter cask of fine shad. Bill and Bartlett went floating and caught 13 shad after supper.