Tuesday, November 13, 2012

1862 November 14 Fauquier County, Va.

[from the diary of Anne Madison Willis Ambler]

Friday, November 14, 1862

Was restless & slept badly last night
awakened with head ache & sore throat
so that I could not go to Town.  but Pa
took the money & paid the bank -500 -sold
the carriage for 15$ Confederate & 100$ Southern
money making 615$  Pa owes me from this
the 4th day of Nov 1862-----
Head ached all day.  Patty was very kind
& fixed my throat nicely after I retired with
onions steeped in lard & made hot. Not a
very pleasant odor however, though I slept
right well & did not mind it.
    After tea Willie Ryland came & brought Pa
a letter from Mr shanks telling of of Peachys
death.  He had not heard that we knew it &
was quite relieved to find that we did.
=poor Mr Shanks=his letter comes from the heart
& I know that he is broken in spirit=I pray that
he may find comfort from whence cometh
all comfort= & draw nearer to the cross--Oh,-
this is a world of sorrow, the older I get
the more fully I am impressed with the
idea that this is not the place for us to
fix our hearts upon=How thankful I
feel that there is a better country where we will
rest, in the bosom of our Saviour

[as transcribed in 1972 by her granddaughter Anne Madison Wright Baylor]

MSS 15406

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