The prettiest day we have had this week. Very well with the molasses today. Bill road away for a short time. The children went to school today for the first time since this day three weeks. – – Ju rode down this evening to let Bill know he wished him to send for the red wheat at Mr. Garrett’s. He will send, nothing preventing, in the morning. – – Very soon after Ju came, a messenger came from Mrs. Munday’s saying he was sent for by Dr. Lewis to see Mrs. Mundy, who is very ill.1 He went immediately.2 – – I have scarcely had time this week to think of preparing Zac’s clothes. It engages me closely to attend to the many chores of the molasses. It is certainly a troublesome job. Still, I like the prices very much.
- Caroline consistently spells the family name as Mundy although the generally accepted spelling is Munday. To avoid any confusion it is rendered consistently here as Munday. (back)
- Initially I thought this Mrs. Munday was Mrs. Elizabeth G. [Armstrong] Munday, who would have been about 70. She appeared living with her son, Robert A. Munday, and his family in the 1850 US Census at Liberty Hall, a substantial estate on the Pamunkey just upriver from Elsing Green. But according to the Richmond Whig, she died 10 December, 1852. So the ill Mrs. Munday is Anne [Lewis] Munday, the widow Robert A. Munday’s. Robert died 22 November, 1860. Anne would have been about 34 and probably a cousin of Dr. Lewis. (back)