Thursday, 23rd May, 1867

Cool and disagreeable. Bettie took out some clothes to wash but didn’t succeed in putting them out. She is very complaining, but is trying to do something. Of course her wages will not go on till she is able to work. John Owen, her husband, was taken sick today. I cooked dinner and supper. Eliza came to see me about getting a home. Mary partially said she would come tomorrow and remain till she returns home. Pigeo and Bill went up on horseback to meeting and were very much pleased with the speakers, Messrs. Holland, Cave, and Cutler.1 Had 4 or 5 additions who will be baptized in the morning.

  1. For the sake of clarity I have rendered Caroline’s “Mrs.” as Messrs. Although Mr. Holland seems to appear only twice, and Misters Cave and Cutler only once, it seems likely these are John Lyttleton Tazewell Holland of Fluvanna County, L. W. Cave of Spotsylvania, and Landon A. Cutler of Louisa. All were prominent leaders in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and would have been welcomed by members of Jerusalem Church, and perhaps members of Zion as well. In 1888 Rev. L. W. Cave would be the minister at Corinth Christian Church in upper King William. Caroline wrote of “Mr. and Mrs. Holland” on 18 October of last year.  (back)