Anna L., age 75, Illinois

Still cloudy and rainy. Took Carrie papers as usual. Vanilla ready for eve. Going to Florence for service class. Edna stopped for the three of us at Carries, had Lee and Ben too a car full. A good crowd. Served pumpkin pie. Lo met Dwight at 10:30. We stayed up until after mid nite.

Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

My teeth & jaw pained me a good deal last night but I did not get up. They are not easy today. I have made the wristbands & collars of the three domestic loomed shirts today & tried to make a bosom on the machine but it would not stitch it so I stitched it myself & run two or three pleats & sewed some on it at night after repairing two of Mr. Henry’s old shirts. As I had no knitting I finished Willie’s third pair stockings last night & now I must knit for Zona next as she needs worse than Pinck. Pinck’s toe has got a great deal better. Willie has been loose in his bowels this week again. Hanes attends to him. I have a nice quantity of walnuts out drying for winter use. The children have gathered them. This has been a warm bright day. Hanes has cleaned the yards very nicely 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.)

Henry S., age 26, Michigan

We finished putting down the carpet this forenoon.  I fixed up the cupboard so as to correspond with the looks of things as they now are in the room.  It has been a pleasant day.  Taught at the College this afternoon.  Went to the store after school and got some things.  I began to study bookkeeping again tonight, so as to brighten up on the subject.  Our house look very pleasant now on the inside, and that is where we live.

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

Laura M., age 14, North Carolina

Pretty crappy day at school. So sad because I hate it there so much. Went to Shannon’s after school. Came home and talked to Renee. Went to Dad’s. Saw “Romeo and Juliet” with Renee. It was incredible. Spent the night with her. We layed down in the dark in her back yard. We both cried about how everyone’s changing. I miss her.

Samuel P., age 27, London

This morning Sir W. Pen and I were mounted early, and had very merry discourse all the way, he being very good company.

We came to Sir W. Batten’s, where he lives like a prince, and we were made very welcome. Among other things he showed us my Lady’s closet, where was great store of rarities; as also a chair, which he calls King Harry’s chair, where he that sits down is catched with two irons, that come round about him, which makes good sport. Here dined with us two or three more country gentle men; among the rest Mr. Christmas, my old school-fellow, with whom I had much talk. He did remember that I was a great Roundhead when I was a boy, and I was much afraid that he would have remembered the words that I said the day the King was beheaded (that, were I to preach upon him, my text should be “The memory of the wicked shall rot”); but I found afterwards that he did go away from school before that time.

He did make us good sport in imitating Mr. Case, Ash, and Nye, the ministers, which he did very well, but a deadly drinker he is, and grown exceeding fat. From his house to an ale-house near the church, where we sat and drank and were merry, and so we mounted for London again, Sir W. Batten with us. We called at Bow and drank there, and took leave of Mr. Johnson of Blackwall, who dined with us and rode with us thus far.

So home by moonlight, it being about 9 o’clock before we got home.

*(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

Cloudy & drisly rain all day. Mail brought no news. There has been a little battle at Leesburg, some 300 killed & wounded on our side & 1000 or 1200 on the other. We got no letters 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.)

Henry S., age 25, Michigan

I husked corn this forenoon. Kate, Effie and I went over and got Nellie and went to Dexter this afternoon. The folks finished husking this afternoon. It has been another nice warm day. We got 3 gallons of cider jell at Dexter.   

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