Friday [18 October 1861]
Mrs Hart (Sue Crutchfield’s cousin) was here yesterday to invite us to her house Tuesday evening. She says her oysters and ice cream will not keep, that if Dick comes it will be his wedding. If not, it will be her party.
I do not see how she or aunt Lucy can have the heart to prepare a party or wedding entertainment in these times, when we cannot look one day into the future, and every thing before us is so dark and gloomy. The very night of the party Dick and many other dear ones may be engaged in a terrible battle.
Have been busy this morning packing all of our clothes that are not is use so that we can move at short notice.