Thursday. February 23rd. A beautiful clear morning. Mother, Rae, and I plucked three turkeys and thirty chickens. Amanda was not able to assist us.

Friday. February 24th. Another pretty day. I was up stairs all day tearing up carpets, sweeping, and taking down bed-steads. I received two nice letters this afternoon, one from Uncle Severn, and the other from Brother Judson. Amand is somewhat better though complains a good deal yet of dizziness in her head.

Saturday February 25th. A very pleasant day. I cleaned a pair of bedsteads and varnished a case of drawers ready for the sale. In the afternoon Ellie and Naomi Cornog came over, took tea with us, and spent the evening.

Sunday February 26th. A lovely morning. Mother, Rae, Jont, and myself went to the Valley for the last time, most probably, that we shall ever be there together. Mr. Van Meter from Philadelphia, and for ten years a missionary among the Karens, was there and gave us a sort of lecture on the manners and customs of that peculiar people. His manner was not at all interesting or pleasing, principally from the fact that he spoke so low and indistinctly as not to be heard more than half over the house. I was very much disappointed in not getting to hear our beloved pastor once more. After the services of the morning the congregation repaired to the pool to witness the baptism of Mr. Dewees’ son. It was after three o’clock when we got home. All went to Presbyterian church in the evening except Mother, Josiah, and myself.

Monday February 27th. A beautiful day, warm and spring-like. We had a very, very extensive washing but Charlotte took my place at the tub. I cleaned and scrubbed four pairs of bed-steads, then assisted in cleaning the cellar; was very tired when done.

Tuesday February 28th. A very pleasant day. We arose at a very late hour, “Black Viney” was here before we came down stairs. We were all very busy today making a finish of the “general tear-up.” Amanda and I swept and fixed the house from the garret down; the other Feminines were engaged in the baking department, and also plucking the turkey and roasters for tomorrow’s dinner. Uncle Charles Griffith & children came this afternoon.

Wednesday February 29th.[Sale Advertisement] The long-looked-for day has arrived! It was somewhat cloudy in the morning but cleared off beautifully towards noon. The people began to collect between ten and eleven o’clock. We had advertised out wood lots to be sold at ten o’clock, but did not put them up from the fact that no one seemed to want them. There were over fifty persons here for dinner and I presume none of them arose from the table hungry, for we had made ample preparations for a large number, had a roast of beef, a very large turkey roasted, two stewed and five roasted “biddys” besides various other things too tedious to enumerate. The sale commenced at 1 P.M., by which time there was quite a crowd here, though the number was still increasing. The horses sold as follows: Jack $120 to David Thompson. Harry $102 to Peter Marseilles, Sally $75 to George Vanleer. The cows sold very well, Jenny Lind brought $50, Reddy $46½, Elly $37, Rosey $36½, Beauty $36, Blossy $34½, Fancy $30, Shelbark $29, Milly $27, White-face $26, Brindle $25.50, Hearty $21½, Flora, Daisy, and Cherry each $21, Nelly Bly $17, Sta (sic) $15, and poor old Fanny only brought [continuation added from page 11]
$6¼. We girls were in the barn looking out the over-head door while the stock was being sold where we had a good view of the “men” congregated in the barn-yard below and could also hear the crier. There were a goodly number of feminines present but I will only name some of the most important such as Clemens girls, Reynard’s girls, Cornog’s girls, Acker’s girls, Ellen Davis and Lizzie Miller. It was the largest collection of people that I have seen for a long time, nearly all Chester Valley was present. About six or seven o’clock the crowd began to disperse, there were some remained over night except Dowlin’s and Griffith’s. I enjoyed myself very much during the day. Viney had two or three of her colored friends here to assist her in the way of dish-washing etc. so that I kept clear of the kitchen.

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