Friday, 22 September, 1865

Still dry and warm. Frederick came home with his children at dark, all very tired. – – Nan finished off a very pretty crimson Merino body for herself this evening. Put it on and came in the front parlor to show it to me while Hardie and I were writing, he to Lieut. Arledge and I to Mary, to send by Uncle Bartlett this evening, but he started before mine was ready. Hardie sent his for Danville, written a day or two ago. Nan took Mary and went after  _(Bay?)_ cocks and chinquapins.1Nan must have been gathering some autumn nuts or fruit. Click here to see if you can identify the word before “cocks.” Bake and I enjoyed them with her in the back porch very much. – – I repaired Hardie’s black coat today. Made a nice job of it, and have his grey one to repair tomorrow. He is such an obedient good child. I can’t refuse to do anything in my power.