Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

Mr. Boyd made me some comfort needles (wood). They were too large. He trimmed them down last night. I got up very soon this morning before 4 & had breakfast about day. I began a comfort before breakfast to try my needles. They do finely. It will be a small one scarcely broad enough for me. I think of knitting Mr. Henry one of single yarn. This one I am knitting now is very coarse, double & twisted yarn. I have at last finished Sam’s shirt & then knit on my comfort. I finished it after night & patched Pinck’s pants after washing the children & putting them to bed. I did not go to bed till near 11 as I got to reading & knitting. Atheline came in a while before ten & greased & worked at my head till I finished reading the “Children of the Abby.” It is a very interesting work. Charlie & Peter came home yesterday evening. They went with the hogs. Mr. Henry wrote me a little note by them. He is not going to take his hogs to Blythe’s as the hog cholera is too bad, even then he has stopped at Mr. Heath’s some 36 miles from here in Transilvania Co. Gallion started this morning to Spartanburg with 15 bu. apples, is going to bring back some wheat Mr. Henry has there. Also some cloth Mr. Henry bought over a year ago at the factory if he can get it & I hope he may as our people need shirts badly.

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Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

Jinnie scoured my room, the hall & front piazza today. I assisted a little in washing the windows &c. It has been very pleasant today. Mr. Boyd came back this evening. I have done nothing of importance today. Hanes attends to Willie & picks a little wool occasionally, not much as he is lazy. Willie tries to talk, can say something very plain, can call “Mur” almost as well as Zona.

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Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

Mr. Henry started early this morning, will be gone some two weeks. I shall miss him a great deal. He is such a kind husband & father. I will stay by myself. Boyd will be here most of the time I think so I will not be affraid. Atheline will sleep in my room. I have began reading “Children of the Abby.” I have read it several times but it is a book that will bear reading again & again. I made one of Sam’s shirts & began the other today. Mr. Boyd is not here tonight but I am not at all affraid for I feel that my Father in Heaven will take care of me & my little ones.

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Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

The hogs got as far as E. Glenn’s. Mr. Henry came back tonight. I was glad to see him. He goes on again in the morning. Dr. Sam Love came here about 8 o’clock. He brought John back as he ran away last Sunday. Dr. Love is on his way to Raleigh as he is a member of the legislature. I finished Mr. Henry’s shirt soon after dinner & cut out some other work. Sam two shirts, Mr. Henry a pair drawers, myself two pair & two pair of pants I am going to give the soldiers. Poor fellows, a great many need clothes & shoes.

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Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

I began the last shirt this morning for Mr. Henry, did not finish it. Mail brought Mr. Henry some papers. Nothing new in them. Mr. Boyd is here at work on a loom for us, just an old fashioned one. Uncle Welch stays here tonight. He came with Mr. Henry from Asheville this evening. He has been to the salt works in Va. to procure salt for the people of Haywood Co. Succeeded in getting some. Mr. Henry wants to start with the hogs in the morning.

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Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

A heavy frost this morning but the sun shines warm out of doors. George Peake left this morning. Mr. Henry has gone a short distance with him. He will be back to dinner I think. George Peake is going to the salt works in Va. He has five waggons along. He is going to haul some for salt if he can get it that way. I am alone in my room, the children are at play. It is very cold for little Zona’s feet as she has no shoes & I can’t tell when she will get any. Willie’s are old ones. Pinck can wear his boots on only one foot as the other is not well yet but improving very fast. We have turkey for dinner. Mr. Henry says we must eat one every Sunday that Fannie cooks as she is so much better to prepare such things than Jinnie. I will soon stop as I want some walnuts. We have a quantity this fall laid away for winter. Mr. Henry came home to dinner. A man from the armory in Asheville came here a short time before Mr. Henry got back. He staid till after dinner. He wanted to see the patent loom. Mr. Henry & I took a walk, at least he went up to the spring with the loom man & I met him at the old store. There was some men with him so I went down to Bets McKinnish & staid awhile then we came home.

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Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

Very cold this morning with a slight skift of snow on the ground but clear. Warm after the sun got up. Wind all day from the North. Fannie & Jinnie breaking wool all day, at least till time for them to go to wash. Sam & others slaughtered a beef this morning. Mr. Henry gave John a thrashing this morning for some stealing from a waggoner that camped up at Mrs. Branton’s last night. Mr. Henry went to Asheville this morning, did not get back till sun down. Mr. George Peake came just before he did. He stays here tonight. Very cool this evening. Fannie cleaned the tripe after dinner. Mr. Henry will start Tuesday with his hogs over the Mountain to feed them at Blythe’s. He got 1000 bu. corn of him for 1200$. He will stay over there a good part of the time I expect. He bought twenty of A. B. Jones today.

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Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

Mr. Henry well enough this morning. Corn stays part of the day to sharpen some mill picks. Mail brought no news. I got a letter from Dora & Matt. They are all well. Pa has had an attack of Rhumatism but is better. The others all well. Dora wrote that Bill Santos was dead. He was wounded at Sharpsburg fight & died from the wound. I began Mr. Henry another shirt today after reading the papers. Mr. Henry took Pinck with him to the tan yard this evening. It began to snow some after they started so Pinck was very cold when he came back. Zona & I went to Mrs. Fanning’s a little while. I promised to take her to keep her from crying after Mr. Henry & Pinck. The wind blew very cold & snowed on till night.

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Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

Very cold this morning, wind from the North. Mr. Henry & Joe Russell started to the sale this morning. Russell staid here last night. I finished another shirt this evening which makes three & two more to make. The bosoms, collars & wristbands are done of the two. Mr. Henry says things went very high today at the sale. Old Mr. Corn stays here tonight. Mr. Henry is not so well tonight. He has caught cold I think as it was very cold this evening.

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Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

Mrs. Jamison & Betsey spent the day here. Rather cool & windy with rain in the evening. Mr. Henry went to G. W. Candler’s sale, got wet coming home. Things went very high. He bought nothing, only a chain. Betsey took home some rolls to spin, white for linsey for the children, some dresses & sacks for me & them. I finished the shirt after dinner & began another one. Mr. Henry sent for the mail yesterday by old J. Night. He got a letter from Harrie saying E. P. Night was dead. They were cleaning guns in the ordenance Dept. & a gun in the hands of another man went off killing Night instantly & wounding another man after passing through Night’s head. Mrs. Knight takes it very hard. I felt very sorry for her & her little ones.

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