Saturday, 15th December, 1866

Still cold. I went to the kitchen after breakfast and attended to the lard. Bill sharpened the knives of my sausage mill. – – Liv went partridge hunting. Ju returned with him, but would not stay to dinner as he has an engagement for three o’clk., so he left before I saw him. I was busy about lard. Sent Washington to carry Dr. Gregory’s horse to the Piping Tree, loaned Liv to ride down. Said when he returned that Hardie was at the Grove and would be down this evening. Brought his trunk down. – – Hardie arrived at dark. Liv returned with Ju and came while we were at supper. Hardie is looking well and more fleshy than I ever saw him. Traveling agrees with him.