Friday, 20 October, 1865

A lovely day. Susan and Elizabeth came this morning to make some cake for Bake’s wedding. I only intend having a small company. My health, Nannie and Pigeo’s being sick, and the situation of affairs forbid anything else. – – Bill had an elegant beef killed this morning. – – Seeded in all about 65 bushels wheat. – – For fear I may forget how those girls make cake, I will write the recipe here. I am so much pleased with the way they make it. One pound of sugar and 12 oz. butter beaten together in a tray. Then add 9 eggs beaten together in a bowl and then 18 oz. flour, all beaten together. Then a cup of buttermilk and a teaspoonful of soda. They left after looking at some of Bake’s things. – – Sent Mrs. Cobb some little things by them. She is sick and destitute of the necessaries of life. Gave them a piece of beef.1 – – Sent for Ju to take out Bake’s tooth. She suffers so much with it. It is a great relief to her. She took a nap after it and then could go about the house some. – – I am feeling badly today. Didn’t go to dinner. Nannie missed her chill. – – Pigeo’s improving. – – Bake received a letter from Cousin Lem today on a particular subject.

  1. This could have been one of two Mrs. Cobb’s. Mary Cobb was loaned a horse for plowing on 13 April. There was also Martha Cobb, widow of James Cobb and mother of James, Jr., likely the “Little Cobb” who ploughed for her at Woodbury on 17 June, 1864. Both seem to live nearby.  (back)

4 comments on “Friday, 20 October, 1865

  1. Mary O'Brien Vidlak says:

    OK – how did I miss this? When did Caroline write about Bake getting engaged? Who is she marrying? Lieut. Arledge? I guess that’s why she’s been making so many new clothes.

    It is so much fun to read this Journal each day! Thank you for sharing it.

    • Bibb says:

      Caroline has dropped a few now obvious clues over the past few months. But you didn’t miss any “announcement.” There was none. I felt the same surprise the first time I read the transcript. Mama Littlepage leaves much between the lines.

  2. bev pflugrath - says:

    I agree with the above comment by Mary. I feel exactly the same way every morning when I read the new entry for the day!


  3. Nancy Mickles says:

    I was surprised as well. I had to read that line about Bake’s marriage twice to make sure I hadn’t misunderstood. Mrs. Littlepage then spent more time on the recipe for the cake than giving us any details about the wedding. I hope there will be mention of the groom in a later post. I just love reading her post each day.

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