Quite a pleasant morning to be so dry, it is distressingly so. Uncle Bartlett carried 15 bushels corn to Mill this morning.1 Gave Bill quinine and stopped his chills. – – Zac rode Duroc to try and get a saddle. He has instead returned with a second-hand one _?_ at $150. – – I cut out and made Stuart a calico dress today.2 Had a delightful rain this afternoon, with some thunder and lightning. How thankful I feel for it, for surely we needed it more, for to look at the crops around, the prospect presented starvation for another year. – – Bake has woven a little on Mary’s cloth today. The Yankees put a stop to it for a long time and I feared it would be lost to her, but I hope now we may have an opportunity of finishing it and that she may be able to yet.
- The use of “Uncle” to occasionally describe Bartlett suggests he is well into adulthood. That term, along with “Aunt,” are usually considered “familiar” terms, indicating a long term relationship. It is possible there are two Bartletts, and the Uncle is used to identify the elder one. (back)
- Yes, small boys wore dresses in those days. Being first dressed in breeches, breeching, was a rite of passage for a young boy. (back)