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

Sunday, May 4, 1712

I rose about 6 o'clock and as I walked before the cellar window I heard something running, at which I went and called the boy and it was a vinegar barrel which had not been well stopped. I read two chapters in Hebrew and two chapters in the Greek Testament. I said my prayers and ate boiled milk for breakfast. Then I danced my dance. About 10 o'clock Tom Randolph came from on board ship and we talked till dinner and then I ate some roast shoat for dinner. In the afternoon I rogered my wife and then took a little nap. About 4 o'clock Mr Randolph went away with full directions from me how to act. About 5 Mr Mumford came and told me all was well at Appomattox but he was much concerned we had no goods come in. In the evening we took a walk about the plantation and then I ate some supper with him. I said my prayers and had good health, good thoughts, and good humor, thank God Almighty.