Last Friday I went to Union to hear brother Pepper preach, his text was “By the Grace of God I am what I am,” it was a good sermon. I heard and enjoyed it, ’twas a time of refreshing to my soul.
I received a letter from my son Willie, he was well, wrote that he would get home tomorrow, I have not seen him in near 15 months, since he joined the army.
I am looking for my husband home, been gone 12 days, I am anxious to see him at home. I can’t hear anything from my dear daughter and her family, but I commit her and her family into the hands of my God.
Source: Mary Jeffreys Bethell Diary, 1853-1873. #1737-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. http://docsouth.unc.edu/imls/bethell/menu.html