Christmas is past, and a very quiet day it was. I spent it at my brothers. Did not receive any present, except a letter from [Luania] Sheridin with a good picture of herself.
They were afraid to let me come up, it was so cold, but I was so anxious for the mail. Mrs B – gave me a pair of drawers made out of a blanket – and they kept me warm. There was no school Monday, and that day I visited at Van Reeds. Mr. V – is a cousin of Mothers. Then rode down here in p.m. I came by way of Free Hall, when I turned the corner, a team came up behind me to pass, but Kit would not let them, she started to run and run she did some three miles, with the team close behind her. A little way from Butlers, the team turned off and Kit slacked up. That was the fastest ride I ever took. They say Kit never lets a team pass her.
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