Friday, 19th October, 1866

Well, this is Friday night. A very lovely day has passed away quietly. I took a nap this evening, felt quite weary. Sat up most of the night last night for fear we would oversleep ourselves and not have things ready for Bake and George to start for the boat, but they were up and dressed and took breakfast before light, and started as soon as they could see to drive. They in the buggy with George and Washington, and Addison in the tumbrel with the two trunks, the latter to drive the buggy back. This is the third time in ten days George and the buggy have been to Tappahannock. Such a thing has never occurred before. The children have all gone to the meeting at the C. H. tonight, the 4th night they’ve attended. All took supper before leaving. Clarissa walked with Pigeo and Nan up, and Bill rode Fannie after. Jim came with the 20 bushels wheat from Dr. Braxton’s. Gave 20 bushels white wheat for the red, same quantity. Pigeo finished her calico dress to wear, and Nan altered her figured mouslin.1 – – Sent Smith and Watkins the check they sent us in order that they may furnish George the $150 he loaned me a few days ago. Bill intended to have gone to Richmond, but was too busy, and that answered just as well. Requested him to draw $25 besides to pay for Pigeo’s cloak, one made to order like Bake’s. Gave Bake a $5 on acct. of Jim and Washington. I hope Bill will be able to start to work tomorrow. Everything has been stopped today. Have only sowed 30 bushels wheat yet. Washington and Addison returned a little after dark, arrived at Tappahannock in good time, and Bake is off for home after an absence of more than two months. – – Hope they will find all things qualified when they get there, as the children say.2 Put out all my yarn counterpanes to sun today. Patsy washed 6 of them. – – – Since furnishing Ju, May, and Bake, I have only twenty left. Must try and have some more before another child marries. – – I went in the bridal chamber this morning after Bake left and took down the evergreen &c that have been there ever since she was married, and now I must have that room ready for the next one. Wonder which one it will be? Bill returned from the C. H. soon after I retired, brought some six or eight letters for Bake and myself, one of eight pages from Zac and one of four pages from Hardie, written from Stanton.3

  1. Throughout this journal Caroline writes muslin. Here she reverts to a spelling often used in CJ1. Mouslin is Caroline’s faux French spelling. The actual spelling is mousseline.  (back)
  2. Caroline is totally down with her children’s slang.  (back)
  3. Certainly Staunton, Virginia.  (back)