Saturday, 14th April, 1866

A lovely day, by far the prettiest one we have had this Spring. Zac went down to Mr. Henley’s to enquire whether the young ladies would attend the Fish Fry at Walkerton, and to offer himself as an escort if they did, but they had made previous engagements, so he and Nan went in the boat by themselves. Started about eleven. Wore her new shoes. – – Bill returned from the W. O. to breakfast. He went there last night to see about a corn planter and some things Mr. Crouch said Liv had sent from Richmond, but they were not there. – – Commenced planting corn today with the planter. – – Hardie has not returned yet and it’s now six o’clk. I’ve been alone all day pretty much and have spent it very pleasantly, recalling past happy days and would drop a tear to the memory of those I can never recall. “Often like the evening shade comes the memory of former times on my mind, pleasant but mournful to the soul.” “Ossian.”1 I’ve not done much work today. Apparitions have been in and through the house in every direction, passing occasionally the different rooms to recall some little incident of pain or pleasure, but all will soon have passed away and oblivion will leave not trace, but enough. – – Nan went in the garden and cut a fine dish of asparagus this morning. She is a darling little creature. I would like to gratify most of her wishes. She is such a reasonable, consistent child, more so than the generally of children at her age. She and Zac returned about 6. Had a terrible storm soon after they arrived. I never saw so black a cloud, it really looked awful. They spent the day very pleasantly and had a nice company. Hardie accompanied Miss Lockhart and Nannie Winston from Liberty Hall on horseback and returned with them to Dr. Lewis.’ He and Miss Lockhart changed horses, the latter was thrown soon after leaving Enfield, but not hurt, only frightened.

  1. While certainly in the style of Macpherson’s Ossian, I have not been able to locate this particular sentence.  (back)