We were much disappointed that Sarah and Lucy did not come to spend the day with us. A note from Lucy says her mother is not well. Mr. Curtis preached an able sermon. Mr. Curtis, Mr. John Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Burgess, Maggie, Lizzie Poage, Mrs. Jane Bailey and her son Marins took dinner here. Mrs. Terril was here to help Nancy and the dinner was well cooked and seemed to give entire satisfaction.
In this time of civil war and public calamity we, as a family, have great cause for thankfulness. No one of our number has been called away by death, though Rufus and Ephraim have faced it at the cannon's mouth. "Their heads have been covered in the day of battle." It has been to us a year of unusual health and our income from fields and herds is more than ever before.