Tuesday, 22nd May, 1866

Another pretty day. Jennie and Melvin Walker started very early in order to meet with Mrs. Henley at Walkerton on her way to Richmond.1 I sent $1 by Jennie for her mother to get some trimming for Nan’s jacket. Bill is out of bed some today, but very feeble. – – Patsy worked in the garden some before dinner and ironed a few things after dinner. I starched some shirts and sprinkled the clothes, and I do get so tired doing things I’ve not been accustomed to, but if I have health, my strength will improve. I’m fond of exercise, but not without limit as I sometimes give into myself. I try to do myself what I used to think an imposition almost for ½ day, but it’s only when I feel badly that I take it to heart. Bill walked to show Nan where a strawberry patch was. She got a nice bucket full.

  1. While Caroline clearly spells “Melvin” she must have been referring to Melville Walker. See footnote for 9 January, 1865. She will spell his name correctly eventually. Also eventually, Melville Walker and Jennie Henley will marry. But that will happen 3 November, 1868, well after this volume of Caroline’s Journal ends.  (back)