Saturday, 18 February, 1865

Quite a pretty day. Ju surprised me by stepping in unexpectedly just as I had finished breakfast and taken my seat in the chamber to read. I soon had breakfast prepared for him, and while it was getting ready, a servant came to inform me that Mrs. Henley, some young ladies and gentlemen were coming over to spend the morning and wished to borrow our boat to assist in getting them across the river. – – Ju staid till 12, but did not go in where the ladies were as he was in his ducking suit. They spent a pleasant morning and left about one o’clk. In the meantime, sent for Aunt Fannie, and Dellah added another to the family (a handsome little boy) a little after one o’clk.1 – – Sent Martha for Bake and Nan immediately after the company left. Some of the girls promised to return with Pigeo this evening. They would insist that she should return with them when they left. Hardin sent Bake and Nan home in his conveyance and by the time they got in, Pigeo, Miss Cutler and Miss Turner, with two young gentlemen, Mr. Walker and Mr. Acre, crossed the river and spent a short time, long enough for Bake to play them several tunes, then accompanied them to the river about twilight.2 – – Ju lanced an abscess on John’s hip. Poor boy, it would be a happy turn of providence to end his sufferings I think, if I may be allowed to judge. He is so entirely helpless and suffers so much, and so intensely.3 – – Bill arrived while we were at supper. Sold the corn for $320 pr. barrel and flour for $700 he got in exchange for the wheat he carried over last week.

  1. Aunt Fanny must be a local midwife.  (back)
  2. These young visitors from across the river are in need of first names. There are Walkers galore. Miss Turner may be Lucy Daniel Turner, about 20, mentioned in the footnote for 7 June, 1864. Mr. Acree might be either Edward, 22, or Alex, 19, sons of Edward Acree who lived near the Turners. The only surname mentioned not common in King & Queen is Cutter. Our readers from King & Queen are welcome to speculate.  (back)
  3. This must be “Blind John” who we will come to know later.  (back)

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