Wednesday, 11th July, 1866

Cloudy but no rain. After doing some work in the yard, Zac had the buggy cleaned and put washers on the wheels for Pigeo and himself to attend the singing at Acquinton. They started about eleven, did not return till a little after dark. Came through a powerful heavy dew. The first term of Mr. Grubb’s school closed today, and he reorganized for another term, to commence next Wednesday.1 Nan has been very busy all day braiding her bodies, a Swiss and brilliant. She certainly deserves credit. Cut out both herself and finished them off. – – I find but little time to do anything but keep house. Patsy ironed today. Nan ironed a Swiss skirt and pink organdy dress for herself. She has a very good idea of doing most anything she pleases. I smocked a calico dress for Pigeo. – – The rain, I’ve no doubt, begins to benefit the corn. Bill walked to the C. H. and returned after supper. – – Zac received a letter today from the Supt. of the Va. Military Institute informing him of his appointment as Cadet by the Board of Visitors on the 27th of June. It’s very gratifying to him. Hope he will be able to accept it and it will be agreeably gratifying to him.

  1. Mr. Grubb, or more likely Mr. Grubbs, has not been identified in connection with any local schools or academies. However, he may have been responsible for the singing school where Zac has been a scholar since May.  (back)