Saturday, 18th May, 1867

Pretty weather, but too cool for vegetation. We all oversleep ourselves as of late, must turn over a new leaf. – – Bill went out to feed and soon came in to tell me Fannie had a colt. I went to see it after breakfast and thought it a very fine one and named it “Shakespeare” after his Pa’s riding horse, the best one he rode on. – – Mr. Cooke came in his buggy about ten to take Pigeo to the Cooperation Meeting at Smyrna.1 Had lemonade and cake for them before they started. 1, 2, 3, 4 cakes made after breakfast. – – Walked with Mary to the barn to see the colt before dinner. She was very much pleased with it.

  1. This would be Smyrna Christian Church near Bruington in King and Queen County. Cooperation Meetings were regional meetings of representatives of individual Christian churches, much like Baptist Associations and Methodist Conferences. Caroline’s former church, Jerusalem Christian Church, would certainly be represented.  (back)

3 comments on “Saturday, 18th May, 1867

  1. Mary D. Edwards says:

    “1,2,3,4 cakes”
    There is an old-fashioned cake recipe known as a 1, 2, 3, 4 Cake. Wonder if this is what she meant. I used to make it quite often. Could look up the recipe if of interest.

    • Bibb says:

      I believe that is the same cake you made. Caroline has mentioned 1,2,3,4 cakes before and I posted a link to a recipe last February 19. I ate many slices of such cakes when I was younger, but don’t recall asking the name or how long they had been around. I suppose I had my mouth full. We would be most pleased to have your recipe.

  2. Jenny Littlepage Wilkinson says:

    a tangential comment — I have a recipe for “1-2-3-4 cake” from my maternal grandmother, (though I suspect it goes back further, and that there are many variations on this recipe). It is:
    1 c. butter
    2 c. sugar
    3 c. flour
    4 eggs
    plus: 3 tsp. baking powder; 1 c. milk, 1 tsp. vanilla.
    Cream butter & sugar; add eggs one at a time; add milk & flour alternating; bake 350 for 20 min. (for layer cake).

    (I found a recipe for “1-2-3-4 Cocoanut Cake” in an 1879 cookbook — “Housekeeping in Old Virginia” by Marion Cabell Tyree.)

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