Henry S., age 25, Michigan

It stormed terribly all last night and continued so to do until near night today.  The snow had been drifted very badly and it flew through the air very much like a blizzard all day.  The mercury was 4o above zero when we got up this morning.  I did not go any where all day.  I finished readying “Evangeline” it is such a sad poem but still beautiful.  I commenced writing a letter to Kate and wrote one to Mr. Butler, the preacher of Webster.  I have been reading in my last years Diary, and the descriptions of the sickness of our little Johnnie who was nearing his death a year ago makes me feel rather lonesome and sad.  The wind has gone down and the sky is clear tonight.

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