Very gloomy, disagreeable weather. Hardie and Zac caught 18 shad last night, making 318 in all. – – He and Bill went shooting snipes and killed 15. Found a boy to row the boat and brought him up with him, a small boy that used to belong to Col. King. Patsy weeded my square of peas this evening after cleaning those 18 shad, making 82 salted. Zac brought a pair of shoes to stretch for the Col., shotteshed and danced in some time in the parlor.1 – – Nan was well enough to play a few airs. – – She has just learned a pretty little song from one of my family’s Journals, “Halie’s Secret” 2 – – She and I went down and made some excellent buns today. The best I ever tasted, we really enjoyed them. – – Nan has a very sore mouth from fever, the most she complains of now. – – Hardie and the little boy went out floating before dark. It has drizzled rain most all day.
- What was Zac is doing in the parlor besides dancing? Click on “shotteshed” above and make suggestions. (back)
- “..one of my family’s Journals.” suggests an Ellett family tradition of journal keeping, well before Caroline began keeping a journal of her own. And I have been unable to find any references to a song by that name. (back)