[Thursday] October the 12 [1815]
I have been very busy, nearly all day, washing till my fingers are all sore. This afternoon I read a little and wrote a note to Harriet and sent it by the milk boy. --They have finished mowing the meadow today. It has blown a gale all day, and it seems to continue this evening. -- I have just left Mama and Papa sitting reading--one, the newspaper; and the other, a novel. When mothers lead the way, it is no wonder if daughters goes astray.