Tuesday 8th [October 1861]
Will says he feels so much like a gentleman going up to his office every day, and having something to do. His District consists of fourteen counties and the town of Fredericksburg. He has rented Uncle John’s office. I feel as though this appointment were given to Will in answer to my prayers. I prayed so earnestly and unceasingly for it. It was more to him than to any of the other applicants. He has promised that we shall give a good deal to the sick and suffering soldiers this winter.
I wish Papa would resign rather than be sent on this duty. He says I must keep house this winter, that Mama is not able to do it.