Wednesday [28 August 1861]
The liberty of the press and the liberty of speech has been denied to the people of the north. Three or four papers in New York and Pennsylvania have been suppressed by order of the Administration because they advocated peace. Major Berrat of Washington has been arrested because he refused to take the oath of allegiance to Lincoln.
Received a note from Mrs Page. She admired our flag very much and proposes that we shall have a motto. I must tell her that National flags never have a motto.
Ellen Goodwin has undertaken eighty over coats for a Georgia company. Seventeen of them are done.