Friday, 17th May, 1867

The weather is remarkably cool for the season. Strawberry’s are ripening very slowly and garden looks badly. Ought to have had peas before now, but I shall not have a dish before tomorrow. – – Mary and Pigeo are busy sewing on her blk. silk sacque to wear to Smyrna in King and Queen tomorrow. Bill rode Phil up for the mail. Pigeo received a letter from Hardie in Baltimore. John Owens and Tom finished reploughing back of the garden for corn and went about breaking up the balance of the lot. – – I am regular cook now since Bettie has been sick. Extra nice loaf bread today, baked one oven full in the chamber and the other in the stove. We have excellent servants now, hope I shall not spoil them.