April 16, 1861
All of no avail. The dam gave way about daylight this morning. We lost all the work; the Low grounds are just ploughed & planted with corn, besides fencing & ditching. But outside matters occupy us so that tho’ it is a heavy blow in both money & work & entails strict economy on us for the rest of the year, we do not regard it as ordinarily we should. Public affairs absorb all our interest; the desire to know what next Mr. Lincoln will do!