Anna L., age 75, Illinois

Was at Mrs. B.’s in forenoon had coffee. She going home with Myrtle in P.M. Joe came and disconnected tubs. Later Jim and Ralph came, broke it up and took it away. So heavy. Did some ironing. Carrie went downtown in P.M. and to Mrs. Merchants at nite! Caught cold.

Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

Made 10 sacks for the flour Mr. Henry wrote for. Finished Lonzo’s shirt & began Hanes’. Finished Hanes’ after night & sewed some on Charlie’s so that was a very good day & night’s work. A good deal cooler today. Nothing of interest going on. Boyd at work at the loom. George grinding the flour. The other hands putting in wheat. Old Jim Night is going with the waggon.

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

Henry S., age 26, Michigan

It was snowing when we arose this morning, and stormed a good share of the forenoon, but it turned into rain at noon and has been quite warm all the day.  Kate’s thumb pains her a good deal tonight, and I am afraid she may be very sick with it yet.  I am so tired tonight that I have done no studying at all.

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

Laura M., age 15, North Carolina

Me and Zach went 2 Renee’s without Renee ’cause she had 2 talk 2 her boss, but she came later. Mom came at 4. We went 2 the mall and got me a cheesy outfit and shoes. It looks preppy, but nice. Did some homework. Evan came 4 guitar. Good. Did homework. Had Chik-Fil-A 4 dinner.

Laura M., age 14, North Carolina

I’ve had better days…this one was really slow. And this was just one day out of 3 LONG weeks. Came home and went on a walk, then did homework. Talked to Karen after dinner. I love talking to her. Then I talked to Sean and told him I didn’t want to lose his friendship just because he’s DATING LESLIE. God — I have to get him back. Watched “Melrose Place.”

Samuel P., age 27, London

(Lord’s day). My head not very well, and my body out of order by last night’s drinking, which is my great folly. To church, and Mr. Mills made a good sermon; so home to dinner. My wife and I all alone to a leg of mutton, the sawce of which being made sweet, I was angry at it, and eat none, but only dined upon the marrow bone that we had beside.

To church in the afternoon, and after sermon took Tom Fuller’s Church History and read over Henry the 8th’s life in it, and so to supper and 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.)

Cornelia H., age 25, North Carolina

All well. Fannie & I tried to work the spinning jinny but did no good. I quit at about 11 o’clock. After dinner I cut out some shirts for Pinck out of unbleached sheeting. The first of the kind he has had. I sewed some on them. Mr. Henry gone with the waggon to Burt Starnes after corn he owes him.

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