Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

Mr. Henry came this evening after dinner. The hogs will be here tonight. Tomorrow they begin to slaughter 100 head of hogs. It will be some time before they are done. Very cold & windy today. Mr. Henry got very cold before he got home.

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Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

Worked at Harrie’s glove. Finished one last night & began the other this morning. Nothing new going on. Willie is not at all well, worms I think. The negroes mostly gone to George’s breaking up Christmas frollic. Atheline & Fannie here, also Sam’s family. Willie has high fever tonight & is very scary in his sleep.

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Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

Old Mr. Parker died yesterday morning. He has been to see his son in the 60th Reg. & came home sick. Only lived a few days after he returned. Tom Parker died whilst he was there. George Boyd died a short time ago in the same Reg. I crochet some on Harrie’s glove today & went to Parker’s burial, but few people there. I went in the buggy. Charlie drove. The children rode as far as the mill & then came back. Zona cried a little to go with me. Miss Mathies brought home Harrie’s socks this evening not knit as I directed, so I only paid her 50 cts.

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Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

Betsey left this morning. It is clear & pleasant. The children all at play. I don’t feel very well this morning as I have a dull headache. It was nearly 11 o’clock before I got through cleaning the house. Jinnie getting dinner. I don’t feel as if I wanted any. Betsey will not be back in several days as she has to spin some blanket filling. I intend having the blankets carded on both sides. I think they will be very nice. The flannel is very nice. The warp is No. 11 & put in the five hundred sley. Betsey is a very good weaver, takes a great deal of care to clip the knots. I fill quills & Mr. Henry fills some. I will not take my walk this evening as the ground is wet & my shoes not a protection as they are my own make of cloth.

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Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

Mr. Henry started this morning to the hogs, going to drive some home to slaughter. Mr. Peak left with him. Rained all day. Betsey did not go home. She finished the last one of Harrie’s socks. I began to crochet the gloves today, got the thumb started. I wish they were done as they are troublesome & my other work is needing me so badly. Mrs. Fanning has not got the negroes jeans in yet & will not soon I think. She has acted badly about that piece of cloth I think.

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Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

Till Morris left this morning soon after the mail came. Her & I slept together last night & Mr. Henry & Mr. Peake, Till & I did not go to sleep till after 11 o’clock. Betsey went home yesterday evening. Fannie has been cooking yesterday & today. Jinnie will cook tomorrow & next day. Atheline gone to Haywood to see the Common Negroes. She went yesterday. Mail brought no news. Mr. Henry & Mr. Peak went to Asheville after dinner, dark when they came home. The children have no shoes yet. The negroes all shod.

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Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

Christmas day. Many changes have taken place in our short year. A great many have given their lives for their Country in that space. Oh! God I beseech Thee to grant us a speedy & honorable peace is my pray.

I knit all day. Betsey weaving. Till Morris spent the day here. We had turkey for dinner & several other things. George Peak came in while we were at supper. He is just returning from the salt works. He got salt enough to save his bacon. I felt very sorry for him when Mr. Henry told him Sam was dead. Their family is very much attached to each other.

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Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

Killed three shoats today. Cured them in brine (boiling). Got the sausage meat made & lard rendered up as tomorrow is Christmas & the negroes then go frolicing. I finished Willie’s dress before dinner & knit in the afternoon. I weighed the meat to see how much salt it would take. Mr. Henry scalded it. John & Peter went to Asheville this morning. I gave the children a few fire crackers this evening, some Pinck had last Christmas. Willie was delighted as much as the others. They can’t be bought now as there is none in Asheville. Fannie made some peach pies this evening.

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Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

Finished Zona’s dress & knit some on Harrie’s sock. Mrs. Jamison came here today & Betsey. Warped a piece of flannel & blankets & got it in the loom ready for weaving. Betsey is to weave it. Nothing new going on. All are well. Willie’s bowels loose.

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Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

I made the skirts & sleeves of Zona’s & Willie’s linsay dresses. Mr. Henry went to Asheville today, got a letter from Harrie. He wants two pair socks and a pair gloves. I put on a sock tonight on the needles. Will get Mrs. Mathies to knit the other pair. Fannie spinning the mixed for Mr. Henry’s clothes black.

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