Tuesday, 18th September, 1866

The weather is excessively warm for the season. Patsy came out, but was taken in another chill. Martha cooked dinner. Roasted the last quarter of lamb. – – Cleaned spittoons and fendie.1Another of Caroline’s unidentified text. Click on the word and see if you can make it out. Bake, George and the children took a short walk. She thinks a little exercise would benefit him. Cut the body and sleeves of my dress out while they were gone. Jim and John Banks are pulling fodder, Harriet didn’t come. I intended for her to iron some things for Bake, but Pigeo did it as nicely as she could have done. I walked upstairs after dinner where they were all sitting and handed her a little reward by way of encouragement. I hope to hear from Zac by the next mail. He will have been gone a fortnight next Saturday. I am so anxious to hear from him.

4 thoughts on “Tuesday, 18th September, 1866”

  1. My guess is that it is plural for fender, as in fireplace fenders. I am sure Woodbury had plenty of those. Just a guess though…..

  2. My guess would be “fender” as in a fireplace screen.

  3. We now have three votes for fender. Both jobs would have been a bit on the nasty side.

  4. It would make sense to clean fenders and spittoons at the same time, if both were made of brass.

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