Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Saturday, September 2nd, 1865

To day I drove up town in my buggy with Frank Hitchcock, who left on the train for Houston. I then came home and commenced pulling corn out of my little patch, in order to open a pasture. I got from Mr. Jackson 9 lbs of beef, and paid him up in full for all the beef I had heretofore purchased from him, which amounted to the sum of $7.20. I am again afflicted with another boil on my posterior just opposite where the first one came. Weather clear and hot.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Friday, September 1st, 1865

To day I remained at home and worked a little in the garden. Fawn again missed the fever and I believe is now recovered from this present attack. Frank Hitchcock came over from Houston in company with Col. Jim Wrigley who is very sick & now confined to his bed. They both came over in the cars, Frank to see me in relation to cotton matters. The little woman [Margaret Hall Stewart nee Sharp] paid Miss Jinnie Patillo in full for what chickens she had heretofore purchased from her. I am still afflicted with the itch. Weather clear and hot.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Thursday, August 31st, 1865

To day I finished clearing up the garden for the plow. I paid off and discharged the negro woman Ophelia having no use for such worthless free negroes. The little woman [Margaret Hall Stewart nee Sharp] paid Miss Jinnie Patillo for some chickens she purchased from her. Fawn missed the fever. Weather variable & hot. Ther: 82°. Thus closes my notes for the month of August and as it closes the summer months I shall cease noting the state of the thermometer until next summer, should I be spared to live until that period.*

*Note . . . he will indeed survive for one more summer . . . but that summer of 1866 will be his last . . . I have now spent every single day with this man and his writings . . . since the 16th day of January in 2010 . . . I will miss our daily "visits" . . . 

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Wednesday, August 30th, 1865

To day I drove down to Clay Stone's and got from him 4.5 lbs of bacon for which I am to pay him 15 cents per pound. I paid Mr. Jackson one dollar for some chickens I purchased from him on the 17th inst. Fawn had fever. Ophelia was sick all day. I worked a little in the garden preparing to sew some turnip seed. Weather cloudy & warm. Ther: 80°.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Tuesday, August 29th, 1865

To day the little woman [Margaret Hall Stewart nee Sharp] is engaged in planting out some eschalots in the garden. I drove up town after some bacon, but did not succeed in getting any. Fanny & Conney are both sick with the fever. Weather clear and hot. Ther: 92°.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Monday, August 28th, 1865

To day I drove up town in the buggy and purchased some garden seed. I also got some eschalots from Mrs. Lieut. Maury. Charley Lund came home with me and spent the day. Capt. Cameron & Mr. Trowell came over & spent the evening. Weather clear & hot. Ther: 88°.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Sunday, August 27th, 1865

To day I walked up to Charley Lund's and spent the forenoon with him. He sent the little woman [Margaret Hall Stewart nee Sharp] a nice present of some peaches. He also came down home with me and spent the evening. I am still afflicted with the itch, but the boil is getting better, tho not near so painful. Weather clear & pleasant, with a gentle wind blowing all day. Ther: 78°.