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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Saturday, March 24th, 1860

To day I moved my negroes home. Mr. Tanner bundled ? some augers & chisels. we clear up & fixed for planting a potato patch. weather clear & pleasant. I executed my note to Herndon's adms. ? for $137.75 for purchases made at the sale, due and payable 12 months, with W.A. Stewart & James Collins, ? as my securities.

YAZOO DEMOCRAT [Yazoo City, MS], March 24, 1860, p. 1, c. 5. Kitchen Memoranda. -- Potatoes to be washed -- meat to be put to soak -- lamps to fill -- knives to scour -- furniture to be dusted -- silver to be polished -- front entry to be washed -- beds to be made -- apples to be pared -- flour to sift -- shirts to be ironed -- dishes to be washed -- beets to be cleaned -- carpets to be swept -- fires to be tended -- dinner to get -- pig to be fed -- pudding to be made -- a run to the store -- front door to tend -- children to be waited on -- baby's frock to be washed -- stockings to be darned -- button to be sewed on the shirts -- skirts to be done up -- tea to get -- griddle cakes -- doughnuts, custards, ginger bread, preserves -- dishes to clear away -- company -- meetings -- bed time. What merchant, politician or president has a longer list of daily avocations than the good housewife; and yet how little are they considered. The hard and constant fatigue of the mother should elicit a deep sympathy, and a more strenuous effort to lighten her burdens.