Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

Cool this morning but pleasant now at twelve o’clock. I suffered a great deal last night with my jaw & teeth. Mr. Henry got up & sit with me by the fire. I put some mustard to it & got some relief till I got to sleep. I felt very badly this morning for awhile but feel as well as usual now. Mr. Henry is so kind to me, ’tis such a help to me. I can bear the pain better when I see he sympathizes so much with me. It is now 12 o’clock & dinner will be on before long. We have apple dumplings for dinner. Mr. Henry is very fond of them. I want to take a walk this evening if Mr. Henry is willing so I will stop for this time. Mr. Boyd came just before dinner & says he heard that E.P. Night was accidently killed a short time ago by a gun. Mr. Henry & I took a long walk this evening over through the widening & around by the store house. We went in the store house & got a few apples, some Quinn gathered for him. Some are very nice. I brought a few large ones to the children.

*(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

I made some doors for our new I made some doors for our new cupboard, this morning.  Put latch on outside kitchen door.  Mr. E.C. Coates came this morning with the fruit trees I ordered of Irvie.  I planted the pear trees and heeled in the apples and peach.  Hitched up after dinner and Kate and baby went up town with me.  We took baby carriage along.  Kate visited while I taught.  Received a letter from ma tonight and a postal order for some money for Kate.  Have been studying again tonight.

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

Anna L., age 75, Illinois

Dwight slept late, ate and Lo took him to C.L. I went along. Pink came while I was doing dishes. Sorry to have missed D. Had a sandwich etc. then went to see Lo and on to his work. Mrs. B. came over. So very cloudy and gloomy.

Laura M., age 14, North Carolina

Renee and I got up at 10:15. Dad picked me up at 11:00. Did a lot of homework. Went on a long walk — nice. Came back and watched “Father of the Bride.” Karen and Ashley had dinner with us. Kind of depressed. Want more than anything to go to Cary High. I hate my school.

Samuel P., age 27, London

Office. Then dined at home, and by chance Mr. Holliard called at dinner time and dined with me, with whom I had great discourse concerning the cure of the King’s evil, which he do deny altogether any effect at all.

In the afternoon I went forth and saw some silver bosses put upon my new Bible, which cost me 6s. 6d. the making, and 7s. 6d. the silver, which, with 9s. 6d. the book, comes in all to 1l. 3s. 6d. From thence with Mr. Cooke that made them, and Mr. Stephens the silversmith to the tavern, and did give them a pint of wine. So to White Hall, where when I came I saw the boats going very thick to Lambeth, and all the stairs to be full of people. I was told the Queen was a-coming; so I got a sculler for sixpence to carry me thither and back again, but I could not get to see the Queen; so come back, and to my Lord’s, where he was come; and I supt with him, he being very merry, telling merry stories of the country mayors, how they entertained the King all the way as he come along; and how the country gentlewomen did hold up their heads to be kissed by the King, not taking his hand to kiss as they should do. I took leave of my Lord and Lady, and so took coach at White Hall and carried Mr. Childe as far as the Strand, and myself got as far as Ludgate by all the bonfires, but with a great deal of trouble; and there the coachman desired that I would release him, for he durst not go further for the fires. So he would have had a shilling or 6d. for bringing of me so far; but I had but 3d.about me and did give him it. In Paul’s church-yard I called at Kirton’s, and there they had got a mass book for me, which I bought and cost me twelve shillings; and, when I came home, sat up late and read in it with great pleasure to my wife, to hear that she was long ago so well acquainted with. So to bed.

I observed this night very few bonfires in the City, not above three in all London, for the Queen’s coming; whereby I guess that (as I believed before) her coming do please but very few.

*(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

Rained all night. The mill dam broke again, not badly washed this time. We have had so much rain this fall. Every new moon we have a freshet. I made Jim a pair of pants today. Cloudy still.   

*(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 was at the town hall all day today, acting as special clerk of election. Frank Wheeler and I took dinner at VanRiper’s. We got through counting bad lots soon after 6 o’clock tonight. It has been a fine day. It is warm tonight and look stormy a little.  

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