11o below 0 this morning, the sun rose very clear and bright. I stayed indoors all the forenoon writing to Kate and doing some reading. Mr. Huntington was here talking to Fred about going in with him to make maple syrup. Fred went over to Mr. Barr’s this forenoon. Mrs. Barr is dead. Grace came back with him and is staying all night. It was 20o above 0 at noon and clouded up and has been snowing all the afternoon. I went over to my house after dinner and put on my big boots took my arc and cut down a good sized maple tree and sawed up some wood, it kept storming but I hung to it until after 4 o’clock. I have been writing copies this evening and will write a little more to Kate.
*(R. Henry Scadin Collection, D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, UNC Asheville)