Friday, 10th August, 1866

Another pleasant morning. Zac walked over the cornfield and found the Henley’s hogs were destroying a great deal of corn.1  He returned to breakfast at eleven o’clk. Seven additional hands today. Humphrey has gone to Rich. hauling wheat again today with the intention of machining tomorrow. – – Bill improves slowly. His mouth is very bad. He helped me to examine some papers this morning appertaining to those two perplexing “Estates,” Meredith’s and Dugar’s. I could wish they had never died if it had been the Lord’s will. O! how great are my trials here, will not a day of rest soon dawn for me? I eagerly desire it and earnestly pray for it. – – I got Tom to go over to Mr. Cooke’s this morning for some apples. He brought me a nice bag of them. Liv and Zac seem to enjoy the bathing very much of evenings. Liv went fishing this afternoon, or rather went before dinner and returned in the afternoon.

  1. We might note that the Henley farm is Hillsborough, across the Mattiponi. Pigs might not fly, but they can swim.  (back)