Monday 22d Feb 
Last week it was very cold all the week Wednesday & Thursday it was excessively cold. It snowed Thursday night very lightly. Everybody said it was the coldest weather we have had for 5 or 6 years. Today, Washington’s Birthday was observed by firing a salute of 13 guns.
Source: Malinda Ray Diary, Anna Sutton Sherman Papers, North Carolina State Archives. See also David A. Ray Papers, Southern Historical Collection, UNC-Chapel Hill