|Sing While Works
||When we was come into the house,
did tell me works to do. And then she went with the
and some lace she was making for a skirt for the baby, all to the
house of Elsie
. I did make begins on the works. I like to be helps to the mamma. I like to sing while I have works to do. It does so help. After I did scrub the steps and empty the ashes and fill the woodbox and give the babes clothes some washes -- all as the mamma did say for me to do -- then I made prepares to take
Thomas Chatterton Jupiter Zeus
. She has kind thoughts of him, and it is four whole days since she has seen him.
First I brought out his nice pink ribbon that the
did bring to him. I hung it on a branch of willow. Then I did sit down. I had only a half a
bottle full of warm water, so I did have needs to be careful in the use of it. First I did wash his beautiful white paws. I dried them on my apron as I did forget to bring his little towel.
made that little towel for him. It is like her big bath-towel. And she marked his initials on it with red ink like Big Jud has a bottle of at
. She put a dot after each letter. It is T.C.J.Z. on his bath-towel. When I do have thinks about that nice little bath-towel of his, I do give his paws a wash, and if I have not the towel with me, I do dry them with my apron.
Center for Electronic Studying, University of Oregon.
February 6, 2003