I arose at 4 o’clock this morning and commenced work on the cistern. It got to be hot work after the sun got well up so it could pour down on me. I got it all dug before noon, which was more than I though I could do. I covered it this afternoon, and got it as near ready for plastering as I could. It threatened to rain very much and I feared it would cave in the cistern, but it passed off. I hitched up and drove up town tonight. Fred Neill went along with me. I engaged Mr. Bradford to plaster the cistern tomorrow.
*(R. Henry Scadin Collection, D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, UNC Asheville)