Pleasant morning. Bill had a fine lamb killed. – – Very unexpectedly, the old Col. spent the day. I was very much pleased to see him. He is so very interesting and such a nice gentleman. I am glad we happened to kill a lamb this morning. I wish very much Zac had been at home. The Col. wished for him and Pigeo, but they had not returned from Bruington.1While Caroline does not explicitly identify him, in the three prior instances when she writes “the old Col.” she seems to be referring to frequent visitor, and Zac’s tutor, Col. H. C. McLaughlin. He is footnoted on 8th June, 1864.