Tuesday, 30th January, 1866

A tolerably good day. Hardie rode Fannie to the C. H. to see Bill Dandridge and George Ratcliffe.1 Spent the day with Billy. Returned to supper and told me a good deal he said to him respecting Meredith’s suit, what his Pa had told them frequently in relation to it when he would be sitting there alone with him in his office. Spoke of them as being his best friends. – – Had an excellent partridge pie for dinner today. We have them frequently.

  1. There are several possible William Dandridges. But they live in Hanover and New Kent. There is a George F. Ratcliffe of New Kent who would have been about 31 in 1866. But past an 1850 US Census listing, his trail grows cold. Suggestions welcome.  (back)