The weather is moderate for the season. – – Hardie made a throw at one of the cows, running this morning, and hurt his arm very much. So much so, that he had to carry it in a sling. Of course, it knocked his expected visit in the head. Bake and Nan started about 4 o’clk. in the carriage, Washington to drive. Bill rode a mule up for the mail. Returned after we had supped, in company with Beverly Littlepage, to spend the night.1 Brought me a long letter from Mary, six pages long. I read it in dining room while supper was preparing for Bill and Bev. John Hill came with a note for Bev from his Mother respecting Jimmie’s arrest, after they had retired.2 He should have attended to it at once, but did not. Was too sleepy.
- Beverly Arnott Littlepage, 24, was a son of the late Col. Edmund and Martha Ann [Hilliard] Littlepage of “Retreat.” Although Hillyard was a common family name in King William, Hilliards were also to be found. (back)
- Bev Littlepage had a brother two years older, James Isaac Littlepage. This might be our Jimmy. J. I. Littlepage, merchant, appears in Lieut. Haw’s conscript book as enrolled as a conscript 8 July 1864. If, like Bill, he was ordered to report to Camp Lee in Richmond and didn’t, that might account for an arrest. (back)