Sunday, 8th April, 1866

Found it raining this morning and it bids fair for a rain day. Nevertheless, Liv started again to Richmond. Loaned him my umbrella and gave him a small piece of advice on leaving, which I hope he will profit by. – – The rest of us spent the day at home. Rained steadily all day. I wouldn’t allow Patsy to come out to get dinner. Had a snack and early supper. The rain slacked a little about that time, but soon set in to hail and rain again, and when we retired, the hail was pelting the windows. – – Bill covered up the potato bed. I walked in the garden late. In the evening, but it was so cold, soon came in. – – Gave Nan quinine, but her chill came on sooner than it did Friday, and she remained in bed all day. She looks very badly indeed. – – Frederick came just as supper was ready to inform me that Buck would be down in the morning to remain the rest of the year. I agreed to take him for his victuals and clothes, and told him he should be treated kindly and good care taken of him. I also told him I had a strong attachment for all the children, just as much so as if they were still my own property. I feel as if I had an interest in them all. – – Weighed out meat for the hirelings today. Contrary to my intention, I forgot it yesterday evening. Bill returned from where he went yesterday, this morning before day, but did not disturb us. Someone came for a pig. He brought me $2, making $10 he has sold 5 for. How I do dislike so many business transactions on Sunday, but it seems that it cannot be avoided. – – The times are very unpleasant to me at present. I do hope we shall have some kind of order and better regulations before very long. The Yankees have stirred up the Country. I hope they will settle it soon. They shall have all the credit, “All is well that ends well.” I agree with Pope to some extent that “Whatever is, is right.” – – Set a hen on 9 turkey eggs. – – Bill’s hat met a sad fate last night.