I arose quite early this morning, had breakfast and prepared a box to send Bake for Bill to take in the buggy to Enfield for the vessel. Fixed up two old hams, one a year old and the other two years, sausage, butter, ground peas, and Mr. McRae’s book and one I sent her to read.1 Then wrote a letter of six pages and Bill was off before eight o’clk. with Fannie to the buggy. Returned about ten and the vessel passed here about eleven. He took a snack, transplanted some turnips and then walked to the C. H. by Mr. Garrett’s on business and returned to supper. Handed me a letter from Liv brought down by Maj. Butts, who met with him in town while fixing up a box of confectioneries at Pizini’s to send Nan and some of her schoolmates.2 She has been quite sick for several days, but is now well.
- Col. Sherwin McRae (1805-1889) was King William County attorney some years previous. He then moved to Henrico County where he had a long, influential, and multi-faced career. It is likely this book was owned by McRae, but it is certainly possible he was the author. (back)
- Remember Maj. Butts is the local representative of the Freedman’s Bureau and Yankee officer. This is another example of how integrated he became in white KW society. There will be more. – – Antonio (1804-1869), Juan (ca. 1811-1866), and Andrew Pizzini (ca. 1816-1882) were brothers born in Corsica who came to the United States about 1829 and settled in Richmond, Virginia. The family quickly established itself in the city’s restaurant and food service business. Andrew Pizzini’s confectionary shop on Broad was a Richmond institution for many years. Mag wrote of visiting Pizzini’s in her short 1857 diary. (back)