1843 Dec 7th Rainy day & we are stripping
tobacco in little barn at home.
-- 8th Dec. Began to grub new ground.
Cutting on branch. A fine day.
20 The weather very cold from 15th to 20.
25 the weather quite moderate & wet.
29 Turned cold yesterday. Halling wood
& cutting & grubbing. Cutting wood
this evening on mountain for plant bed.
1844 Jany 1. This week burnt one plant bed
on mountain & one on the branch & this
day sewed & covered both.
Feby 20th. This burnt plant bed in new ground.
Malling rails & pilling wood & plowing
for corn. Halled out manure a few days ago.
Frederick cut his thumb 1st Feb. which has
thrown our malling back very much.
1844 March 5. Engaged with Mr Moon to do the
wood work of a house of such a
description as below
^The half to be brick
with a passage between old house the
house 2 stories high with a base
ment story viz. 2 stories on basement story.
4 windows in basement 2 on first floor
4 on the next with winding stair case
& lodging room over passage the passage
to be of wod altogether, 2 doors & shutters
in passage. 1 door in Do leading down in
Basement & in first room steps or staircase
to lead up in second story out of passage
all to be finished off in a good workman
like manner, the mantle piece in front to
be a little extra for the sum of $125.—
Also engaged with Mr Sampson this
6th March 1844 to build a brick house
20 feet square 2 stories high with a
basement story to mould and on burning
kilning &&& then I am to pay
him 2 1/4 dolls per thousand for laying
&&& work to be done well, that is
making burning & laying $2 1/4 p. M.