Thursday, 23 June, 1864

The weather very warm and dry. Finished cutting wheat about dinner time and shocked it up.1 Jim wished to cut in the neighborhood, gave him permission to out tomorrow and next day.2 – – Bake missed her chill, took quinine and slept in her bed. – – Bill had a chill about 12 o’clk. – – Parky got dinner, Dellah and Bettie have banded wheat doing harvest.

  1. Shocking grain means cutting, bundling, and stacking the bundles of grain in a field for drying.  (back)
  2. It was common practice to allow slaves to sometimes work in the neighborhood, “on their own account.” Frederick and Washington will do the same in a few days.  (back)

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