Monday, 19th March, 1866

Some change in the weather today. More moderate. Ju had his tomato plants killed Saturday night. O! it was so cold. I had my hot bed blanketed and then some of the plants were killed. Zac returned from school to dinner, no teacher today. The Col. has gone to look for Frank, who reports say has made a break on him and left. – – Bill rode to the C. H. this morning and carried five shad. Mr. Cobb carried four to Richmond, he gave one to Ju. It’s so cold the shad are all gone, only caught one tonight, making 36 in all caught. Bill sent $8 by Mr. Cobb for clover seed. Ju sent me the change for the $5 Saturday, or rather Friday. Jim sent for Dr. Ju to see his wife, who he thinks has the measles. He came after had dined.- – We heard of the death of Aunt Patsy Quarles, who died yesterday.1 I lament her death very much. Cousin Betsy and herself were only a short distance apart in their journey. Only about two weeks difference. Their earthly career is closed. May they have made the preparation for the solemn event is my prayer. – – I walked to see Clarissa about 12. Found Jim and her mother with her. He is very attentive to her, wishes to have the day on that account. I put a linen bosom in a shirt for Zac and starched it before retiring. Took a nap in the evening and slept till supper was ready. – – One of the mules is sick tonight and Bill is sitting up late on that acct. Did not retire till she got better. Planted cymling seed this evening. – – Patsy’s raking walks in the garden. Martha has not returned yet. Should have been there yesterday evening. I hope she is enjoying her freedom.- – Nannie pursues her studies. Is fond of them and I will devote the proper time to them, though we have a great deal to do that has not been in our line of business. Nevertheless, as loyal subjects we will not complain, for I think I see the hand of the Lord in it all and I would not “Fight against God.”

  1. This Aunt Patsy Quarles is likely Martha (Patsy) Quarles, born in Louisa County in 1788, a daughter of William Quarles (1726-1796). William’s Quarles family had been in the Virginia Colony since the early seventeenth century, marrying into the West family, soon taking up land in the Pamunkey Neck area. Patsy owned a large farm in Spotsylvania County for many years before moving in the 1850s to Richmond to live with the A. R. Holladay family.  (back)