Laura M., age 15, North Carolina
May 21, 1997
Wow! Good day again. In English we watched “Great Expectations.” It was okay. Brandy was in between us. Didn’t care, though. (On the floor.) Went home with Renee. Mom picked me up at 5:00. Packed. Dad picked me up. Had dinner with him and “Simpsons.” Went to softball game against Action Graphics. Lost, but it was a good game. (I pitched.) Came home and showered.
Laura M., age 14, North Carolina
May 21, 1996
Yay! Albert didn’t dump me! It was actually nothing at all. But we didn’t kiss today. It makes me sad. Watched Melrose with Shannon. Had softball game that sucked. Came home and showered.
Marcy S., age 16, Tennessee
May 21, 1941
Hot, fair. Streaky sky. Had good dream last night. Also dreamed it rained on Saturday. Seniors’ last chapel morning. They had the program. Read the will. I am to have Stacia Gardner’s “oomph.” She can keep it! Jr. Easter, President, presented a school play to Mr. Black and the torch of the clans to our president. Then we all rose and sang “Auld Lang Syne” (after Alma Mater) while the Seniors marched out. Sad — I almost “weeped” and the Seniors’ eyes looked suspicious [?]. Then we Juniors marched down and took the Seniors’ places, the Sophomores taking ours. Really sad. Test in English. Missed one. Best grade in room. Too hot in typing. Read part of “Soul of Abe Lincoln” in fifth study hall. Have read book before. I cried: how wonderful Mr. Lincoln was! Too hot after school to practice so didn’t. Instead amused Barbey for an hour and a half. Walked, played with doll (which included undressing and dressing it) and sitting on the top steps, throwing clovers. She is so cute. In the evening I was terribly sleepy. Sat out on porch with Mom. Dad away. No clouds. Please rain!
Henry S., age 25, Michigan
May 21, 1887
I left Bear Lake about 7 o’clock this morning. I had an awful hot dusty walk, at one place there was a [slarhing?] on fire and the smoke was suffocating. When I got to the bridge over the Betsy they were fixing it and I left Jimmie on the other side for a while and called on Mr. Jordan’s folks, Where I had some bread and Milk and took a good rest. In getting Jimmie over the bridge, he got through and skined [sic] his leg badly. I thought he was a gone horse for a while. I called at Dr. Taylor’s and had a lemonade also at the store Mr. Hopkins made me one. I got my satchel there all right. Am at the hills tonight.
*(R. Henry Scadin Collection, D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, UNC Asheville)
Henry S., age 24, Michigan
May 21, 1886
We left Benzonia at 4:30 this morning. When we got to Frankfort we had to wait until about 11 before the boat went, as he was undergoing inspection. It was rough and I was some sick & so was Kate. We are at the Dunham House, Manistee, tonight. *(R. Henry Scadin Collection, D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, UNC Asheville)
Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina
May 21, 1862
I finished my bonnett after dinner. I put some tattin on some sleeve loops this evening. I seamed three beds today. Bright & warm, the wind from South. All are well. Atheline has got so she can attend to Willie. Very weak yet.
*(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, English Channel
May 21, 1660
So into my naked bed and slept till 9 o’clock, and then John Goods waked me, [by] and by the captain’s boy brought me four barrels of Mallows oysters, which Captain Tatnell had sent me from Murlace.
The weather foul all this day also.
After dinner, about writing one thing or other all day, and setting my papers in order, having been so long absent.
At night Mr. Pierce, Purser (the other Pierce and I having not spoken to one another since we fell out about Mr. Edward), and Mr. Cook sat with me in my cabin and supped with me, and then I went to bed.
By letters that came hither in my absence, I understand that the Parliament had ordered all persons to be secured, in order to a trial, that did sit as judges in the late King’s death, and all the officers too attending the Court.
Sir John Lenthall moving in the House, that all that had borne arms against the King should be exempted from pardon, he was called to the bar of the House, and after a severe reproof he was degraded his knighthood. At Court I find that all things grow high. The old clergy talk as being sure of their lands again, and laugh at the Presbytery; and it is believed that the sales of the King’s and Bishops’ lands will never be confirmed by Parliament, there being nothing now in any man’s, power to hinder them and the King from doing what they have a mind, but every body willing to submit to any thing.
We expect every day to have the King and Duke on board as soon as it is fair.
My Lord do nothing now, but offers all things to the pleasure of the Duke as Lord High Admiral. So that I am at a loss what to do.
*(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.)