Friday, November 2, 2012

1862 November 3 Fauquier County, Va.

[from the diary of Anne Madison Willis Ambler]

As usual made many good resolutions to
begin right this morning the first day
of the week but failed--The children all
woke up before day light & I was obliged to
get up soon after & make the fire.   They
were cross & hungry & I was impatient with
them & at Margaret for coming up so late &
being slow generally-. After such a
beginning could not be happy.--I know
that I have done wrong=So spent the
day with less pleasure than if I had
not sinned: Will I ever be a meek
humble, patient, charitable person= I
know that Christ can, & will, do great
things & for me- I mean to look to Him &
Him only & I pray that he may make me
a worthy follower of the cross.
   I am sad when I look at my children &
think of my responsibility & the consequences
of neglecting their eternal interest.  O that I
may never forget this= I pray & beseech thee--
O Lord especially for a blessing on my labors
for them put it into my mouth & heart
how to show them the Lord while they are
young-so that when they are old they may
not forget Thee;-
All Jacksons army left the valley to
day.= No company.  Colonel Magruder
took tea here last night

[partial transcription in 1972 by her granddaughter Anne Madison Wright Baylor]

MSS 15406

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