Monday, 14th May, 1866

Exceedingly cool for the season. Bill’s cultivating corn today, running some five cultivators. Used one himself today, and was very tired when he came to the house. Went to fret about the disastrous season upon the corn and the injury it had sustained, but I soon stopped him. He says the corn is perfectly seared by the frost and a great deal of it buried in sand, some four or five inches, by the winds and rain recently. – – Zac went to Court in order to ascertain there whether the Col. was well enough to commence teaching again. Has lost a week. Couldn’t learn though correctly. He returned to dinner after we had dined. I cooked dinner today. Sent Patsy to replant corn with Addison. – – Millard Lipscomb came down in the carriage to meet Lu, who returned from King and Queen in company with Miss Jennie Henley.1 They spent an hour or so and insisted on me letting Nan go with them and stay several days and attend the singing school on Wednesday, as she has never had it in her power to go yet. They all started about sunset. – – Bill came to the house soon after, and thinks a famine inevitable, no prospect for a crop of corn this time. The frosts are very injurious. I believe we have had them nearly every night since May came in.

  1. Millard Lipscomb, b. 1850, second son of Sterling (Brett) Lipscomb and Angelina [Ellett] Lipscomb, is Lu’s brother. Those interested in Lipscomb family genealogy should not be thrown off by the enumerator in the 1860 US Census recording his name as Mildred, a 10 year-old male (!).  (back)