Wednesday, 3rd January, 1866

The most intolerably gloomy weather I ever experienced. The sight of the sun I think would give me new life. – – I have been sewing a little on Zac’s vest today. – – Lost one of my little chicks today. – – Nan and Rose carry on their studies very well. Nan has taken her 3rd drawing lesson, written one composition, reads and studies Scholar’s Companion, practices and keeps a “journal, or diary”.1As the “Scholar’s Companion” was popular over the years, we have no way of knowing which edition Nan was using. As it is certainly a hand-me-down, it is likely an earlier edition than the linked titlepage. Rufus W. Bailey, by the way, lived and worked in Virginia for a time. – – I took a nap from 7 to ½ past 8. Arose just while Hardie laid across the foot of my bed and slept an hour or so. Bill and I sat alone. He read Maj. Jones’ Travels and I knit on Zac’s socks till ten, then retired.2See entry for 15 September, 1865 for information about Maj. Jones. I awoke Hardie, who had taken a nap, arose and continued writing his letters, and then he and I talked till after 1 o’clk. Gave me the particulars respecting his trip.