A showery growing day, fine weather on corn. Patsy washed today, so I cooked dinner on the stove. She picked the chicken. First dish of cornfield peas today. – – I made the skirt of Pigeo’s dress before dinner. Made some very nice ginger cakes this evening. Fine rain and quite a severe thunderstorm during the evening. – – Sent a reply and an acceptance to General Smith today for his appointment by the Board of Visitors of the Va. Military Institute. The Col. heard the children’s speeches and gave them some instructions in relations to them. – – His examination will take place at the Academic Hall next Monday and Tuesday, to which the patrons are all invited and the exhibition on the 26th. He prides himself very much on his pupils and takes great interest in them all.