Wednesday, 21 September, 1864

Fine seasonable weather. Dellah’s assisting the rest in winding Ju’s cotton to get it ready to warp this evening. I am fixing pantelettes, gowns, so for Nan. Ju came in very unexpectedly, just as I had given the children snacks. Stuart’s the heartiest little fellow I ever saw. I soon had one prepared for him and he enjoyed it very much. Bill came about 3 o’clk. and as I was busy had dinner and supper all under one about ½ part over, and I took a walk with him when he left. Let Tom go and carry his butter and lard, 12 in all @ $8.50 pr.pound. Gave him $40 to give Mr. Slaughter, Agent for the County, to get 100 yds. cotton cloth and two bales no’s 10 & 12 cotton warp at government prices.1 – – Nannie’s reading “Alone” the 2nd time.2 She has taken the piece of new music sent Pigeo by Bill Monday, “Take me Home,” though she was so sick last Friday and had to go to Ju’s, she would go back and spell in the evening for fear of losing her place which was hard. – – Bill went to see Mr. Ware about running the chimney.3 He promised to come in a week or two.

  1. Probably P. H. Slaughter.  (back)
  2. Alone was the first novel (1854) by Virginian Mary Virginia [Hawes] Terhune, who wrote as Marion Harland.  (back)
  3. While Ware is a common surname in the region, the only Ware family in the KW 1860 U.S. Census is that of William Ware, 50 that year. Conveniently for us, his occupation is listed as bricklayer. According to the Gilmer Map, the Wares lived on the road running south from Acquinton Church towards the Pamunkey, were today Jack’s Creek Road (629) and Mt Olive Cohoke Road (632) meet.  (back)

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