Thursday, 25th October, 1866

A white frost last night and really cold today. – – Patsy washed. Addison drove the tumbrel and Bill rode Fannie to Acquinton Church. Carried some bacon, but sold none. Also carried Mollie, a mule which had gotten hurt. Settled Mr. Houchings’ account up to this time, also Mr. Gary and Spiller’s. Received eighty dollars for the 20 sheep sold Mr. Brill the other day.1 I’ve been jobbing all day pretty much, fixed the bricks in the front chamber fire place, cooked dinner, &c. Bill returned about 4 o’clk.

  1. Mr. Brill appears only once and remains unidentified. As he does not appear on local period tax records, he may be an itinerant merchant who will transport the sheep to market elsewhere. Suggestions welcome.  (back)