Wednesday, 15th August, 1866

The weather quite warm again. Pigeo is much better since the action of medicine. She is in bed all day tho’ Zac went to work on the carriage again this morning before starting to the singing school. Bill dug some potatoes for dinner. I doubled cotton for Martha to twist. Wrote three letters to send by Tom to Rich., one to Mary, Hardie and Bake. I enclosed Sallie Wright’s letter to Bake also. He started after dinner. Liv’s gone to Walkerton Mill fishing. Hauling oats today, finished. Zac returned to supper and Mr. Grubbs with him to spend the night. Will go to his Rappahannock school in the morning.1Mr. Grubbs may be associated with the well-known Rappahannock Academy in Caroline County. However I have been unable to confirm a connection, or, for that matter, learn anything about Mr. Grubbs. More research, and luck, is needed. Pigeo nor Nan, neither went out. The latter complained of toothache and Pigeo has not left her bed. All retired early. Liv returned to supper.

Memorandum of Nannie’s Things For School at “Piedmont,” Feb. 18672Note: Caroline evidently wrote this on an open place in the journal well after this  day’s entry.

Five winter dresses, scarlet, figured and pink muslin, silk calico and Alpaca

  • Five summer dresses, two Swiss, a calico and two lawns3The used of the term Swiss here would suggest a sleeveless summer dress.
  • Six white underskirts, a balmoral and two flannels4It is unclear whether Caroline means a balmoral bonnet or a pattern.
  • Seven chemise, six cotton and one linen, two flannel chemise
  • Four pair drawers and three pair panteletts
  • Four sacques, blk., white, pink and green5Probably Caroline means a woman’s full loose hip length jacket.
  • Four handkerchiefs
  • Two underbodies and one corset, two Swiss bodies6As Caroline mentions the Swiss bodies – bodice? – here she likely means a sleeveless undergarment.
  • Ten pair stockings and four pair shoes
  • One pair sheets and two towels, black velvet bonnet and blk. velvet cap
  • Two pair gloves, one black cable and pear necklace7Does Caroline mean pearl?
  • Needles, pins, silver thimble, combs coarse and find and brush, and toothbrush
  • Black cloth cloak, grey cloth sacque and worsted scarf
  • Stationery
  • One Smith’s English grammar, Comstocks Chemistry, Willson’s Outlines of History, Comstocks Philosophy, Botany, Pope’s EssayIntellectual Philosophy, United States Speaker, Davies Arithmetic, Telmaque Reader, and Webster’s Dictionary, letter paper, Foolscrap and envelopes, oil can, slates, pens and ink.8Telmaque Reader is likely a French language volume based on this.