Sunday, 22nd July, 1866

The weather continues warm. – – Pigeo, Nan and Bill remained at home. Zac and I went in the buggy to Zion and returned to dinner. The roads were badly washed. I spent rather an irksome evening at home. Zac went to look for some blackberries, but couldn’t find any worth speaking of. – – Bill dressed with an intention of riding out, which prevented Zac from getting to Acquinton this evening. The Choir generally meets there to practice, and he always enjoys it so much. – – We heard some very disagreeable news at Church today. An animal of ours broke out and has been missing for several days, and the first intelligence we had of him was that Mr. Dunn had him confined with his stock and the result was the killing of his horse, which I am very sorry for, but he should have notified Bill according to law.1

  1. This is likely Lee A. Dunn. The U.S. Census shows he had a son Robert who was about 13 when this incident takes place. Lee Dunn, besides being a farmer, is Commissioner of Revenue for King William County.  (back)