March 23, 1864
The deepest snow we have had for years. On a level where there was no possibility of a drift it, this morning, was 7 inches deep & when we remember that for twenty-four hours it melted as it fell & accumulated only after the earth was chilled, we may well be amazed at the quantity which has fallen. Mr E came in from riding & called me out this afternoon to look at the traces of worms, or what seemed to us to be such traces, all over the surface of the snow. It was most singular, as tho myriads of earth worms had been thrown down & left each an impression of his tortuous figure on the soft white substance. Not a worm, however, could we find, nor even a place where he had seemingly wriggled into the bosom of his mother Earth. They seem to have come there to make their impressions in intaglio and then to have vanished. On going in I turned to Gilbert White’s Nat Hist of Selbourne & there found in a note to that delightful book that such a thing as the snow having been covered with Earth worms had occurred in the knowledge of the Editor, but he was more fortunate than we were, for he saw the worms themselves & in such numbers as to attract his attention from the window, whilst we saw only the impression left by the unhappy wretches struggling in their icy bed. The weather described precedent to the fall of snow then & that before this fall correspond exactly. Father dined with us again. His Flume goes on bravely.
Mr & Mrs Lincoln have given a practical evidence of their approval of amalgamation by receiving with “marked attention” two negroes at their late Levee, two coloured surgeons of a negro Regiment now stationed at Washington. Think how society must have changed in Washington within the last three years! What would Gen & Mrs Washington have thought of such guests at a Presidential Levee? It is enough to make Mr Jefferson (author tho he is of many of the defects of government which led to our present unhappy state) turn in his grave!
Source: Edmondston, Catherine Ann Devereux, 1823-1875, Journal of a Secesh Lady: The Diary of Catherine Ann Devereux Edmondston 1860-1866. Crabtree, Beth G and Patton, James W., (Raleigh, NC: North Carolina Division of Archives and History, 1979).http://nc-historical-publications.stores.yahoo.net/478.html