Tuesday, 18th June, 1867

Cloudy and threatening for rain. Three hands commenced cutting wheat, Herman, Frederick and Dandridge. Cut about two hours and the rain commenced and they had to desert for the rest of the day. Bill’s right much indisposed, though it would be best to diet himself. – – The hands left about eleven o’clk. Gave Martha a bucket of milk, loaf of bread and butter. Gave her a ball of sewing cotton to twist. – – Mr. Cooke came just as we finished supper, through the rain in his buggy from the sale at the Piping Tree. Came by the C. H. and brought papers and letters from Baltimore, Smith Elliott and Co. check for eleven _?_ of wheat.1 Purchased at the sale the old clock for Bill for $4.50. Purchased the large mahogany dining table for himself at $10.00 and some other things.

  1. Smith, Elliott & Co., Grocers and Commission Merchants, No. 12 Roanoke Square, Norfolk. The missing word is probably barrels.  (back)

2 comments on “Tuesday, 18th June, 1867

  1. Jenny Littlepage Wilkinson says:

    Regarding a “bail of cotton” — I am wondering if this should be a “ball of cotton” — which is used in today’s (June 19th’s) entry of Caroline’s. Or, if possibly it is a “bale” of cotton?

  2. Bibb says:

    Ball make much more sense than bail. I will look closely at the original. Thanks! UPDATE: It is unquestionably “ball.” I will update the text.

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