Laura M., age 15, North Carolina
November 13, 1997

Shit. Zach told me in 2nd period that Shannon D. and Chris are going out! Bitch + asshole = perfect couple. Had Art Club meeting after school. Went 2 Renee’s with Zach. It was fun. Zach came home with me and we watched “Simpsons.” Em came and we took him home. Went 2 Houlihans with Eddie. Did homework and poems.

Laura M., age 14, North Carolina
November 13, 1996

My day was okay. I fell asleep in Health and it was nice. English was hell as usual. Math was okay. Lunch was awful and I felt so fat. I cried some. Went to ELP, cried some. God, I want to go to Cary so bad. School is just too hard. Came home and chilled. Went shopping with Mom. Got shoes. Got to Dad’s about 6:00. Had burritos. Didn’t do any homework. Rubbed Becca’s tummy, it hurt.

Anna L., age 75, Illinois
November 13, 1960

We up as usual. Washed big storm and other window and got them back on. Bright and sunny. Picked Carrie up and she came for dinner. Called the folks at noon when we were ready to eat. Marian so tired. After taking Carrie home we went to cabin to wash big storms out there. Marian went to sleep Pink helped with windows we couldn’t do it alone.

Maggie L., age 24, Illinois
November 13, 1899

I went to the dentist in the morning. Had a back tooth filled. Sent ma the splasher which I had made for her birthday. Went to see the girls in the evening.

Henry S., age 26, Michigan
November 13, 1887

I went to church today and walked back along with Fred Neill.  We begin to think that Una is coming down with Whooping cough.  Kate is not well wither and I am getting somewhat worried about it.  We had a extra dinner today and I believe I ate almost too much, but is was good.  I wrote a letter to ma tonight.  It has appeared much like a store this afternoon.

*(R. Henry Scadin Collection, D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, UNC Asheville)

Henry S., age 25, Michigan
November 13, 1886

It was cold this morning, but it cleared off and was pleasant. The farmers club met here today. There was a good crowd and we had stables and sheds full of horses. I helped pass the dinner around. Kate Ball is staying with Effie tonight. 

*(R. Henry Scadin Collection, D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, UNC Asheville)

Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina
November 13, 1862

Jinnie scoured my room, the hall & front piazza today. I assisted a little in washing the windows &c. It has been very pleasant today. Mr. Boyd came back this evening. I have done nothing of importance today. Hanes attends to Willie & picks a little wool occasionally, not much as he is lazy. Willie tries to talk, can say something very plain, can call “Mur” almost as well as Zona.

*(Fear in North Carolina: The Civil War Journals and Letters of the Henry Family, Eds. Karen L. Clinard and Richard Russell, used with permission.)

Cornelia H., age 25, North Carolina
November 13, 1861

I began Jinnie some chemise. Mrs. Fanning worked at the loom doing no good. Mrs. Stanapher Jones brought my jeans harness home. She has made them for me for which I paid 75 cts. The wind is blowing a good deal. I had a letter from Lou yesterday saying Aunt Sallie was dead. I am very sorry. Today we took the cloth out of the new loom & put it in the old loom. It does very well. We took the same harness & slay. It weaves in flatts. Mrs. Fanning is getting along very well. I was quite unwell in the evening, had to lay down before the fire with cold & headache. Atheline is very unwell, cold I reckon. The wind is blowing a good deal today.

*(Fear in North Carolina: The Civil War Journals and Letters of the Henry Family, Eds. Karen L. Clinard and Richard Russell, used with permission.)

Samuel P., age 27, London
November 13, 1660

Early going to my Lord’s I met with Mr. Moore, who was going to my house, and indeed I found him to be a most careful, painful, and able man in business, and took him by water to the Wardrobe, and shewed him all the house; and indeed there is a great deal of room in it, but very ugly till my Lord hath bestowed great cost upon it.

So to the Exchequer, and there took Spicer and his fellow clerks to the Dog tavern, and did give them a peck of oysters, and so home to dinner, where I found my wife making of pies and tarts to try her oven with, which she has never yet done, but not knowing the nature of it, did heat it too hot, and so a little overbake her things, but knows how to do better another time.

At home all the afternoon. At night made up my accounts of my sea expenses in order to my clearing off my imprest bill of 30l. which I had in my hands at the beginning of my voyage; which I intend to shew to my Lord to-morrow. To bed.

*(The Diary of Samuel Pepys M.A. F.R.S., edited by Henry B. Wheatley F.S.A., London, George Bell & Sons York St. Covent Garden, Cambridge Deighton Bell & Co., 1893.)