Quite an inclement day. Nevertheless, Mary, with the children and Pigeo to accompany them, took the wagon to the White for the Cars to Richmond.1 Started about ½ past 1 o’clk., with Bill to drive George and Phil. – – Gave Pigeo $21 to lay out for herself and Mary $5 to purchase some domestics, i.e. $.20 per yard. Gave Bill $1. – – The house is so still now I expect the mice will have a jubilee. – – Mr. Cooke came about 12 and gave me two papers and a letter from Zac, a semi-annual report, and a paper for Bill from Zac. The rain has increased from the time they all left and about 6 o’clk. all hands, baby and all, came walking down the road. The Cars disappointed them, and the horses refused to pull at the sandy hill, and in a few minutes after they came, Mr. Hanes came with a conveyance to take them home. I soon had supper and all retired early.
- “White” in this case probably mean the White House in New Kent just across the river from Pamunkey Island as “cars” certainly refers to rail cars of the recently rebuilt Richmond & York River Railroad. (back)