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Friday, July 18, 2014

Monday, July 18th, 1864

To day the boys are engaged in hunting up a beef steer but did not succeed. Mrs. Bird came up and spent the day. I cut all the hair off of her head as close as I possibly could in order to cure the latter*. The little woman [Margaret Hall Stewart nee Sharp] rode down to Mother's [Mahala Sharp Hall nee Roberts] in the evening and brought up Fanny Fitsimmons with her who has been entrusted to my care by her father to raise and take care of. Hicks ground 7 bushels of corn. Weather changeable and hot. Ther: standing at 92°. [*It was common practice for a chronically ill person to crop their hair very short.]

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