[from the diary of Dr. Brodie Strachan Herndon]
I ride over to Gen McCall's (Mr
Phillips) for Charles to seed redress for
Mrs Taylor whose House was broken open by
marauders & robbed. Terrible times!
The negroes all demoralised. When
they stay at Home as a general thing they
do no work, or very little. They all
seem to think their deliverers have come.
It will be sad to part with our
faithful ones--but so it may be.
At night we read Irving's Washington
and take encouragement from the
patience & perseverance of our Fathers.
Little Mary had a nice fire in the
Library against my return from a ride
in the rain. It was so cozy.
Old gentleman very much excited
Says "dont be nervous--See
how calm I am" his look & manner
utterly denying his words. He
brought the girls a young bird he
had caught. They would not
pain him by refusal--but quickly
sent William the back way to restore
it to its mother. Luc quoted some
beautiful lines from the Prisoner of Chillon
about a bird and its Captivity.
In my ride I met a troop of Horse
and Major Lacy a prisoner. He had
imprudently come to the neighbourhood
to see his family. Our acquaintance
Dr Gailland--a very clever man--lost
an arm at the Battle of the 31st and 1st
Surgeons not always safe!