Monday 15th [July 1861]
Papa left this morning. Mama had gone to Farley Vale with the children.
I have undertaken the housekeeping. We have no cook since the old woman we had in Fanny’s place left us. Rebecca has been doing her best in that capacity, and we do the chamber work.
Mama is very much under the weather. The big and little troubles together with her weak health are more than she can stand.