DIARY OF FRANCIS TAYLOR,1799,
10, Fair (except flying clouds) very mild,great part of the snow dissolved. Had the Park hung up that I killed 4, Dec'r last, 23 hogs. William Bell sent the same wine he borrowed the 4th instant by Davy- Davy got 2 Gammons old Bacon, 18 lb for his master & paid for i at /13=22/6.
11, Did not freeze. Fair and very mild. I went to C.Taylor's- J.Taylor & family, J.Taylor jr & do- John Pendleton & do. T.Crutchfield & wife, Minor Herndon, Stapleton Crutchfield, Rob't Cruthfield, Ben Ellis, R'd Noel & wife,John Taylor, C.P.Howard, Reuben Smith, Dr.Tho's Barbour,Nelly Barbour, Polly Glassell, dined there. I staid to supper as did most of the Company. Sow that easts lambs had 7 pigs.
12, Saturday, Continues very warm. Fog clouds in morning,Soon cleared, some clouds in evening. I dined at home. Walked in evening to J.Taylor's, J.Pendleton & family, James Taylor jr & do, T.Crutchfield & wife, Dr.T.Barbour & sister Nelly, John Minor Herndon, Robert Crutchfield, Ben Ellis, Salley & Betsy Taylor were there. Tom Barbour & Rob't Crutcfield went away. I staid at hone- Sent Frank
13, [SUNDAY] Warm-Foggy morn, misty day, rain at night. I staid at home- Sent Frank with Letter for Reuben Taylor,which I got at J.Taylor's and suppose contains the Papers sent to Capt James p/r post at Richmond.
14, Foggy and cloudy,without rain, warm. J.Taylor, JTaylor jr, John Pendleton, Thonas Crutchfield, John Taylor & Reuben Taylor, dined here. Reu Taylor informed me Capt J.Barbour had returned his papers and carried my plats &c to Richmond.
15, A little Frost, fair and very mild weather. Joseph Clark's Edmund came to borrow a swingle tree & ask assistance to move his waggon,stalled by the Old School house- I lent a swingle & went with M.Atkins & with J.Taylor's oxen he got on his way to Fred'g- I staid at home to dinner- Hung the meat of hogs killed Last month for Bacon.
16, Wednesday. A little frost, Fair mild or warm day. I walked to Court house- got an Iron pot for one I bought the 2d instant of E.Hackley, paid diff'ce 1/4 1/2, got 9 lb Steel & 1 1/2 yds Shallon of do. I came back by Aunt Taylor's, John Taylor's child ill. Mr.John Howard still confined but mending- I also called at J.Taylor's- Mrs.Burnley & children, Mr.Crutchfield & wife, J.Pendleton's family there, I returned home to dinner- After dinner sent Frank with the pot that leaked to E.Hackley's, he brought the one I got to day in exhange, also part of Bar of blistered steel.Wm Bell sent a note by Catlett Madison & got 2 bottles wine, for his sister Madison.
17, Frost, mild fair day, not so warm as yesterday, some clouds in evening. I dined at home- After dinner I carried to C.Taylor's soem books of G.C.Taylor's I borrowed and brought others back. Frank informed me brother James had been here while I was away.
18, Rainbow in morning, a little rain, cloudy mild day. I dined at home.
19, Saturday, RAined briskly in early part of last night, thick cloudy day. George said Wm Bell desired me to send him two pieces bacon. I sent a Gammon, 10 1/2 lb 2 yrs old O& a Shoulder 9 lb last year's. Davy had Leather &c to mend young Peter's shoes. I rode to Call'd Court on Matthew Hughes' negro man Horatio, for want of some propreity in his commitment, his trial was put off & he remanded to jail. Tho's Bell paid 3/- for 1/4 Bus hemp seed last May. Wm Bell paid me 21/7- for the Bacon above.I came home between 3 & 4 o'clock to dinner. I paid A.Shepherd jr 6 dollars for a Barrel of Flour, whih he bought for me, and to give Fred'g price, if more. 28, Jan'y, paid him a dollar more making 7 dol's in all.
20, Sunday, Cloudy last night, cleared before noon, fair mild day. I walked to C.Taylor (Frank said he was told to sk me), J.Taylor & family, including J.Taylor jr, Tho's Crutchfield & wives- John Pendleton & family dined there.
21, Ice and frost. Fair not cold for the season. I sent Frank with horse-cart and got the Barrel Flour A Shepherd jr bought for me. M.Atkins said his brother was to be at his house to-night and I let him have a bottle whisky.
From the TAYLOR DIARY, #1907-z in the Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina Library, Chapel Hill. FOR REFERENCE ONLY: PERMISSION TO PUBLISH MUST BE REQUESTED. WARNING: MOST MANUSCRIPTS ARE PROTECTED BY COPYRIGHT.
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