Wednesday, 25th April, 1866

A cloudy, rainy, cold day. Bill and Nan remained in bed to take quinine. Nan succeeded in stopping hers, but Bill had a severe one and suffered very much. – – Hardie administered quinine to us all. I fixed a bosom on one of Bill’s shirts. – – Patsy weeded my square of corn, and onions cut up through inattention to what I said to her about a good many different things I had planted among the onions. – – I sold Randall a meddle of bacon today.1 Planted two rows snaps, one Mrs. Tebbs kind and the other Roses’ kind, or rather my old kind. I cooked dinner on the stove today, supper also. – – But I don’t believe I am adapted to the business, but I reckon I can do what others can. I am willing to contribute all I can in the great drama.

  1. A “middling of bacon” is a common cut of pork. Caroline uses that term twice in her Journal. But here she clearly writes “meddle.”  (back)