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I am writing a few recollections of our country life before & during the Civil War, as they may be of some interest & our house was typical of many of that period.  The farm has eight-hundred acres three miles from Fredericksburg Va.  A simple framed house with a porch across the front and dormer windows, built upon a terrace or hill with lovely flowers and shrubs - The servants quarters a short distance back where they had their little gardens & chickens &c and where we children delighted to visit & where on summer nights they sang their wonderful songs -  My mother and our gouverness went to their cabins on Sunday afternoons & read the bible & taught the children  A room in our house was devoted to the servants clothes, shelves were built on one side where rolls of cloth. linsey, woolsey &  cotton was stored & Aunt "Silvia" our coloured seamstress sat in her high bright colored turban constantly at work discouraging childrens visits.  When we went to town or to Church we drove in the carriage drawn by two fat horses, at a leasurely [leisurely] pace with Uncle Harry on the box where he often nodded, a great contrast to the auto of today.  Occasional dinner parties enlivened us when the guests came early & stayed late.

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[Page] 1 I am writing a few recollections of our country life before & during the Civil War, as they may be of some interest & our house was typical of many of that period. The farm has eight-hundred acres three miles from Fredericksburg Va. A simple framed house with a porch across the front and dormer windows, built upon a terrace or hill with lovely flowers and shrubs - The servants quarters a short distance back where they had their little gardens & chickens &c and where we children delighted to visit & where on summer nights they sang their wonderful songs - My mother and our gouverness went to their cabins on Sunday afternoons & read the bible & taught the children A room in our house was devoted to the servants clothes, shelves were built on one side where rolls of cloth. linsey, woolsey & cotton was stored & Aunt "Silvia" our coloured seamstress sat in her high bright colored turban constantly at work discouraging childrens visits. When we went to town or to Church we drove in the carriage drawn by two fat horses, at a leasurely [leisurely] pace with Uncle Harry on the box where he often nodded, a great contrast to the auto of today. Occasional dinner parties enlivened us when the guests came early & stayed late.