1863 January 23 “Hopedale,” Albemarle County, Va.

[from the diary of Mary S. Boyden, daughter of the Rev. Ebenezer Boyden, Rector of Walker’s Church (later Grace Episcopal), Cismont, Va.]

Friday  Raleigh seemed all day to have
forgotten all the trouble of yesterday – May God
have mercy on him, for nothing seems to make
any impression on him. After school he went
to Cobham without permission & did not
return all day. – This does not look like penitence
The truth, no doubt is, that he hates & dreads
to stay here for it makes him reflect on his
sin – May God check his course & cause him
to think!  We got a letter last Sunday from
George Wedderbeem, much to our surprise, giving
information of his mother & Aleck & asking
us to take the latter here to school.  Father says
he shall decline the  honor.  Mrs W & A have
just arrived in Richmond, where they are
boarding at the same place as Geo. & his wife-

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