Wednesday, 20th February, 1867

Found it quietly raining this morning. Arose at 4 o’clk. and went down and soon had breakfast ready, i.e., after cutting the wings of all my fowl. Tom so long about it, I did not allow him to get breakfast. Sat the first hen today. Have only about 50 or 60 fowls. They have stolen some two dozen or more this winter. – – Mr. Cooke came by and brought letters and gave me two papers, a long letter from Zac, a Valentine for Pigeo “Coquette”, one for Bill “Old Bachelor.” – – Had the broom corn cleaned and office cleaned up by Tom. The four men on shucking corn. Bill’s after ducks.