Friday, 1st February, 1867

Well the snow has nearly all disappeared today and the face of the earth is partially, once again, in sight. The wheat looks well from a distance. The walking and traveling is shocking. Bill rode to the C. H. on some business. Court adjourned yesterday. He went from there to Mr. Cooke’s and took supper, returned at eleven. Brought letters from Bake to Nan and myself. – – Nan and Pigeo finished their Balmorals today. The former has nearly completed the two pair of drawers I cut out for her yesterday, though she is suffering very much with sore throat. Her great anxiety to go to school would make her endure most anything. – – I was busy in the dining room till 12 o’clk. doing various little things in the way of cleaning up. Feel the want of a servant very much, having been accustomed to them all my life, but when the snow is all gone and I can have the house nicely cleaned, I shall feel better. I do love neatness so much. Washed a lot of handkerchiefs while in the dining room. – – Hardie has been promising to make a little wagon to pull stove wood in. Went in the woods with Tom to help him saw the wheels. Met with the processioneers and Camm persuaded him to go take dinner with him, as it was Johnny’s birthday and they had an invited company, so my little wagon was knocked in the head.1 Tom came back and cut wood. I would like the boy right well if he were not so miserably slow and stupid.

  1. Beginning in 1662 Church vestry’s were required to “process” property boundaries. By land owners and neighbors regularly walking property lines, “in procession,” markers could be renewed and disputes resolved without the need for legal proceedings. After colonial days this responsibility settled upon county government. Obviously this is still going on in 1867 King William. For further information see Land Processioning in Colonial Virginia, William H. Seiler, The William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. 6, No. 3 (Jul., 1949), pp. 416-436. Another source about the early days of land boundaries in Virginia, see Sarah S. Hughes’ Surveyor and Statesmen – Land Measuring in Colonial Virginia, The Virginia Surveyors Foundation, Ltd. and The Virginia Association of Surveyors, Inc., 1979.  (back)