Anna L., age 75, Illinois

Did some washing as it was such a good day. Jim had sawed up a lot of wood. G.B. had him pile it in garage. Cooked meat patties. Cooney wasn’t there to eat with the other 3 cats. Doesn’t seem possible we are down to 4 cats. Lo went to C.L. to take the train for city. Got back at 5:00. G.B. picked me up.

Henry S., age 26, Michigan

It has been a cold raw day with some snow squalls.  I went over to Neill’s before breakfast and got some oats of Fred to feed Jimmie with.  Have been working at the kitchen the most of the day.  Am ready to put the paper on now.  Went to the sing tonight.  The College Prof. was there and told me that the trustees had concluded to have me teach this fall and asked me to come over to chapel tomorrow.

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

Laura M., age 15, North Carolina

Worked from 8:30 and closed with Brian and Noelle. Showered and worked on project. Ate dinner. Went to Ashley’s. Pat, etc. picked us up and we went 2 Fiona Apple’s show at The Ritz. Chilled with Courtney. Spent night with Ashley. Good concert.

Samuel P., age 27, London

In the morning to my Lord’s, where I met with Mr. Creed, and with him and Mr. Blackburne to the Rhenish wine house, where we sat drinking of healths a great while, a thing which Mr. Blackburne formerly would not upon any terms have done. After we had done there Mr. Creed and I to the Leg in King Street, to dinner, where he and I and my Will had a good udder to dinner, and from thence to walk in St. James’s Park, where we observed the several engines at work to draw up water, with which sight I was very much pleased.

Above all the rest, I liked best that which Mr. Greatorex brought, which is one round thing going within all with a pair of stairs round; round which being laid at an angle of 45 deg., do carry up the water with a great deal of ease. Here, in the Park, we met with Mr. Salisbury, who took Mr. Creed and me to the Cockpitt to see “The Moore of Venice,” which was well done. Burt acted the Moore; ‘by the same token, a very pretty lady that sat by me, called out, to see Desdemona smothered.

From thence with Mr. Creed to Hercules Pillars, where we drank and so parted, and I went 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 26, North Carolina

I quilted some little today. Pinck was sick all the evening, had some fever & complained of his throat being sore. Zona had some fever also. They lay before the fire all the evening. I was really alarmed for fear they were taking dyptheria. Willie has got well once again. Mr. Henry started Hanes to Asheville after the mail this morning but he got frightened at some men they were taking to jail from Jackson Co., so Mr. Henry went after dinner. We had to retreat from Corinth with a heavy loss of men.

*(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

Pa and I drew manure this forenoon. I picked up potatoes and did some writing this afternoon. Pa and Willie went to Delhi with a grist. Kate, Effie and I went to Dexter tonight, it is a fine moonlight evening.

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