Thursday, 15th November, 1866

A much better morning than I expected to see. Came on to rain about 10 o’clk. Sent Addison with a letter to mail for Bake, and taking letter and papers, also an order to the store for Shallenbergers pills, stamps, envelopes, cambric, &c. He returned with price current and no letter or paper. We were much disappointed knowing there were several letters and two or more photographs somewhere either miscarried or taken out, as well as a draft from Smith and Watkins for several hundred dollars. – – This has been the shortest day I ever spent in my life. None of us thought it was more than 2 o’clk. at sunset. Was very near having to put a candle on the table before we finished dinner. – – Bill has been about the bridges across the mill creek. – – I hope something will put him in the notion to haul corn soon for we have not commenced yet, except just a little to feed hogs on. I sat up quite late tonight to make up a whole day. Knit a stocking foot and put on another, and fixed the front of Nan’s dress. I will now get ready to retire. – – Patsy washed today. – – Sent instructions in Bake’s letter today for George to forward the barrel of oranges they intend sending us to George Smith in Rich. via Balt.1This is more evidence that George Smith is a commission merchant. Perhaps there is a connection with Baltimore’s Smith and Watkins. – – Pigeo paid $1.50 for a pair of shoes for Mollie, money given her by Mary for the purpose.