[Thursday] October the 12 
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.