Wednesday, 27 July, 1864

Very pleasant again today. – – Mr. Hanes and Bake started about 7, Bartlett having gone on ahead with her baggage in a tumbrel with the things for Mary. – – I feel sad at parting with her. I shall miss her society so much. She is a dear affectionate child and one who tries very hard to do what is right. When she does wrong, so readily repents and acknowledges her faults. I trust the Lord will continue to guide her through the uneven course of time and receive her to himself at last and rewards her as she deserves. – – Bartlett got back abut 5. _?_riages $ 2 ½. Drove two mules.1 – – Planted a square of white turnips in the garden.

  1. “_____iages $ 2 ½” remains unidentified. This seems the price of something, bought or sold. If you want to give it a try, I have put two images in Dropbox. Click on them, take a look and let me know what you see. Image #1, “Bartlett got back about 5.” and Image #2, _?_ 2 ½.  (back)

3 comments on “Wednesday, 27 July, 1864

  1. Suzanne says:

    Could that be fariages?

  2. Bonnie says:

    I think she’s right. Ferriages-the fare for transporting.

  3. Bibb says:

    Yes!! Bartlett would have had to cross the Pamunkey to get to Richmond. What bridges that did exist had been long destroyed by one army or the other. Bartlett may have also used a toll road. I believe Brook Road near the Hanes residences was a toll road at that time.

    The context matches as well as most of the easily identified letters. Because she followed with “Drove two mules” it might be that the ferriage for each mule was $1.25 and she wanted to remember that.

    Caroline and I agree. Our readers rock!

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