Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

Very cold this morning, wind from the North. Mr. Henry & Joe Russell started to the sale this morning. Russell staid here last night. I finished another shirt this evening which makes three & two more to make. The bosoms, collars & wristbands are done of the two. Mr. Henry says things went very high today at the sale. Old Mr. Corn stays here tonight. Mr. Henry is not so well tonight. He has caught cold I think as it was very cold this evening.

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

Anna L., age 75, Illinois

Had made arrangements for Mrs. Merchant to pick Carrie up as we were going out to work a little for the sale. Later came home had something to eat. Were on our way out, again we overtook Geo. He was coming to have Lo drive him, he’d been in an accident riding with Chicago folks and were hit by a Jeep. Geo’s shoulder hurt, having therapy for it.

Laura M., age 15, North Carolina

Wore kinda tight pants and didn’t like it. Saw people looking at my legs. Went 2 Renee’s with Ashley and Chrissi. Sean, Mike, Tim, Eddie K. came. Mom came at 3:30. 🙁 Did homework and story. Me, Em, and Eddie B. went 2 Jasper’s. Home at 7:00. Did more homework and “Friends.” Talked 2 Courtney and Ashley.

Marcy S., age 62, North Carolina

Tonight I will be “preaching” for the first time at one of the nursing homes. Myrtle has done it so many times, in addition to leading the singing, that I felt guilty and volunteered to speak tonight. Thank You, Lord, for giving me Your confidence and a consciousness of Your presence. I thank You, too, for suggesting the topic of “peace” and all the beautiful Scriptures you showed me. May Your Word be a blessing to each and everyone tonight.

Laura M., age 14, North Carolina

Goody day and really bad. In Art, me and Courtney talked about how much we hated it at “Apex High” and decided to ask our parents for a transfer. Well, she asked and her mom said “no.” I asked and my mom said she was going to try to get this for me. Now the plan is all screwed up. I have to choose “between Scylla and Charybdis.” I think Cary High is the lesser difficulty. But the last thing I want to do is leave Courtney and hurt her. She’ll feel abandoned and it sucks.

Samuel P., age 27, London

In the morning with Sir W. Batten and Pen by water to Westminster, where at my Lord’s I met with Mr. Creed. With him to see my Lord’s picture (now almost done), and thence to Westminster Hall, where we found the Parliament met to-day, and thence meeting with Mr. Chetwind, I took them to the Sun, and did give them a barrel of oysters, and had good discourse; among other things Mr. Chetwind told me how he did fear that this late business of the Duke of York’s would prove fatal to my Lord Chancellor.

From thence Mr. Creed and I to Wilkinson’s, and dined together, and in great haste thence to our office, where we met all, for the sale of two ships by an inch of candle (the first time that ever I saw any of this kind), where I observed how they do invite one another, and at last how they all do cry, and we have much to do to tell who did cry last. The ships were the Indian, sold for 1,300l., and the Half-moon, sold for 830l..

Home, and fell a-reading of the tryalls of the late men that were hanged for the King’s death, and found good satisfaction in reading thereof.

At night to bed, and my wife and I did fall out about the dog’s being put down into the cellar, which I had a mind to have done because of his fouling the house, and I would have my will, and so we went to bed and lay all night in a quarrel. This night I was troubled all night with a dream that my wife was dead, which made me that I slept ill all night.

*(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

Mr. Henry came by to see me. He went on to the election. Henry Thomas & A. Davidson running for Congress. I came to A. B. Jones’ & spent the day. Finished my stocking, all the work I took. Came home late in the evening, found all well, the house torn up somewhat. Mr. Henry had a horse brought for me to Jones’. Charlie getting better, Hanes complaining. Heavy frost, high winds all day. Mr. Henry did not get home till sundown as he was one of the judges of the election.

*(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 hoed out the strawberry bed today. Went to Delhi this afternoon, but learned that there would be no chance for a book-keeping class there. We had quite a snow squall this afternoon, it was the first this season. It is clear tonight and freezing. Pa and Effie have gone over to Cranson’s tonight.

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