Friday, 2nd March, 1866

Rather foggy and a little threatening for rain. Hardie thinks he will have to defer his visit to Elsing Green again on account of the weather. Fixed my little hoe hillier while he is waiting to decide. Had an early breakfast for him. Bill went to look for his hogs and returned after we had breakfasted. Corbin finished ploughing the two square in the garden he left yesterday evening and went to the field. – – The day is rather more propitious, and Hardie started on Fannie about nine. Bill took some seine thread away to have net, didn’t return till dark. This has been a lovely day for work. I enjoyed Zac’s services in the garden. He assisted me a good deal in laying off squares. Planted a square of early mercer potatoes, sowed a square of peas, first three rows Tom Thumb’s, next three marrow fat, next 2nd May, and the last three first May peas. A beautiful square and put in nicely. Sowed my hot bed first row Early York seed left far rear, second row new Early York, third row tomato. I am delighted about their coming up. Sowed some lettuce, also sowed my late cabbage bed in cabbage and lettuce, sowed ½ square kale and some seed on my long asparagus bed, mixed with lettuce. Engaged Dellah about 2 hours to help finish the potatoes. Had Patsy, Martha and Addison in the garden. – – Sent Addison to Ju’s for some turnip salad, but was much disappointed in not getting any. They’d used it all. Sent them some loaf bread. – – My darling little Nannie is suffering greatly with diphtheria. Her throat very much swollen on one side. I shall send for a physician if she doesn’t get better very soon. – – The Steamer “Chas. Houghton” made her first trip up the Mattaponi this evening. The servants went to see her and make some enquiries as regards trading. She will run Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.1

  1. The steamer would not stay long on the Mattiponi. In service to the federal forces in 1863 along the coast of Georgia and South Carolina, and after the war in commercial service there, by fall 1866 she would be back up north running between Boston and Gloucester.  (back)