William Byrd of Westover in Virginia Esq.
William Byrd II of Westover

Tuesday, January 17, 1710

I rose at 5 o'clock and read two chapters in Hebrew and some Greek in Cassius. I said my prayers and ate milk for breakfast. I danced my dance. Two of my negro children were sick and took a vomit which worked very well. I wrote a letter to the President and read some Latin in Terence. It began to rain a little with an east wind. I ate roast pork for dinner. In the afternoon I played at piquet with my wife and then read some news. It continued to rain so that I could not walk about the plantation. In the evening I read some Latin in Terence. I neglected to say my prayers but had good health, good thoughts, and good humor, thanks be to God Almighty.