Monday, 19 December, 1864

The weather still moderate. Washington came in early this morning and handed me a letter to Pigeo from Zac, 12 pages, a very interesting one. Finished getting the corn all in the house today, and the hands went about repairing some fence blown down last Sunday night. – – Hardie’s arm continues about the same, very much swollen. Ju bandaged it up in wet clothes Saturday and has kept them on ever since, wetting them frequently during the day. The swelling has extended below the elbow. He has had nothing of rheumatism since the accident occurred on Friday. Parky is finishing off some clothes for the little chaps today. – – Nan is suffering very much from cold. Had her feet put in hot water and gave her pepper tea tonight and put a plaster of mutton suet on her chest. I altered and repaired some shirts for Hardie today, after fixing Dellah’s cloth, which she had gotten in right bad order. – – We took supper in the chamber tonight, ash cake and roast potatoes, buttermilk and sweet.

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