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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Tuesday, April 9th, 1861

To day I am busy in canvasing and carpeting the room intended for a counting room. weather changable & warm with a hard rain at night.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Monday, April 8th, 1861

To day the little woman [Margaret Hall Stewart nee Sharp] and myself made titles for the negroes sold & named on yesterday. The Steamer Alamo passed down ladened with 900 bales of cotton. The river still rising and in fine boating condition. weather clear but rather warm.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Sunday, April 7th, 1861

To day the steamer Ruthven arrived, and James Wrigley returned home from Galveston. The river rose 7 feet plumb water and the steamer Col. Stell started for the upper river with a large freight. I sold Melinda, Laura and Elisha for $1700. these negroes were the property of the little woman [Margaret Hall Stewart nee Sharp] and I am indebted to her for the amt. of purchase money. I having ? it. I was busily engaged in writing up our correspondence. weather clear & warm.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Saturday, April 6th, 1861

To day Charley Lund, Sam* Sharp, Ed Jones & myself hoisted the confederate flag on the top of a 30 foot pole and it placed on the top of the Ware house, where it now floats to the breeze, the emblem of the free. The river commenced rising very fast. weather changable & rather cool.

 *This Sam is a 2nd great-grandpa to the Keeper of this family history blog.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Friday, April 5th, 1861

To day I finished filing and arranging the papers and vouchers refered to on yesterday, but did not go to the Ware house in the evening because I anticipated a return of the fever. it did not come and Richard is himself again. weather cloudy with a cold and chilly rain nearly the whole day.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Thursday, April 4th, 1861

To day I am up after spending a very sick night and went to work on the papers & accounts of the steamers belonging to the Trinity River navigation Company. The little woman [Margaret Hall Stewart nee Sharp] became very much alarmed for fear I was going to have a severe and protracted spell of sickness, but as I am up this morning she appears to be very much relieved. weather cloudy and rather warm for the season of the year with every prospect for a hard rain.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Wednesday, April 3rd, 1861

To day James Wrigley left on the steamer Ruthven for Galveston. I am still engaged in arranging the papers and vouchers named on yesterday. In the evening I had a pretty hard fever and the little woman says a chill preceeded it but I think not as I never have before had one of the articles. be that as it may I do know that I had a fever which lasted nearly all night. weather cloudy & showery.