Tuesday, 9th January, 1866

Still as cold. The boys skate on the river. I think some of them walked across. – – Nan and Rose carry on their studies very well. The servants are getting wood, but it is too cold for that. I don’t think they can earn their rations. Randall’s sick today and yesterday. – – Hardie rode to Ju’s this evening to have some letters mailed, one to Arledge and the other to “  ” .1 I repaired a pair of cloth pants for Hardie today. – – Bill fixed a place for smoking bacon. Gave it the first smoke today. – – O the week is so cold. – – I am anxious to hear from Bake and Pigeo again. I’ve not received a letter for nearly a month from either of them. I have my time so much taken up and occupied each day that I have not a great deal to devote to serious thoughts about them, and my health being so feeble withall.

  1. Caroline is again very careful not to write the name the person Hardie is corresponding with. Hardie’s “Delcina” perhaps?  (back)