Monday, 17th December, 1866

Very cold and windy, still I looked for Mrs. Lewis and Nannie to comply with their promise. Nannie and Catesby came about 2 o’clk. Said they had been hunting for their carriage harness all day. They were all ready to start, and expected the carriage to drive up for them to get in, but no harness to be found. The rest were very much disappointed. The Dr. let Nan have his sulky harness and came in their buggy. They remained till after eleven o’clk., and Pigeo returned with them home to spend a few days to assist Nannie in making preparations for an important event. Gave her Shallenberger pills to take again tomorrow to prevent a chill, though I think it was imprudent in me to permit her to go out tonight. – – Melville and Willie Walker spent the evening also, left after tea. – – Bill went to Ju’s to supper in order to take an early start with him down the County to a hunt at his Uncle Billy’s. – – The servants, Jim, Washington and Tom have been getting and hauling wood. Will do the same tomorrow, and the next day Washington will go to plough. Hardie rode with Bill to the C. H. this morning for a carboy of spirits he sent down from Richmond the day before he came. They returned to dinner. Had an excellent partridge pie of birds Liv killed Saturday. He took dinner with Larkin today. Heard there of the burning of the dwelling house at our Mill, which took place Wednesday night after Banks and his wife left in the morning. Quite a suspicious affair.