Henry S., age 26, Michigan

Went up town this morning to mail a letter and do some trading.  I stopped at the College building to see how my class room was being fixed, don’t thing it will be ready for my use for over a week yet.  Hitched up and went up town just before dinner and got 25 heads of cabbage, 10 Doz. eggs and some other things.  Have been helping Mr. Huntington pick apples this afternoon.  There was a heavy freeze last night.

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

Laura M., age 15, North Carolina

Got caught on the trail with Mike b-4 1st period. It was really cold and I wore my yellow dress like an idiot. Ashley also got caught making fake notes in E-hall. Ms. Aldridge made us sit with her at lunch. Went 2 Renee’s. (Chrissi was there!) Dad picked me up. Had OYO dinner. Did homework and watched “90210.”

Marcy S., age 47, North Carolina

This little bit of self-understanding came through a magazine story I was reading in the dentist’s office a few days ago. The woman was remembering her childhood (as an only child) — how her father’s and mother’s moods would change from morning to night or from one day to the next, and especially their silent moods when she thought she had done something to anger them. Sometimes she was afraid to go out and walk down the street because everyone she met might fall silent when they saw her. Later her parents separated and she learned that they had only stayed together when she was a child to give her a home. I think the same might have been true of my parents. Not knowing how they were going to react or be from one day to the next, and feeling no doubt that I was to blame, I guess that could account for my inability to really trust another person. And my fear of rejection — and acceptance because I was afraid to trust the acceptance. That’s it!!

Laura M., age 14, North Carolina

I guess today was okay. Mario really flirted with me in gym. I need to stop it with him, and it’s too bad I like it. His girlfriend Courtney called me tonight and talked about him flirting with this girl Holly. Bitch. I ain’t hugging him again. Talked to Sean. 🙂 Thor called me and we talked. I called Karen. 🙂 Watched the stories. I enjoyed talking with Courtney and I feel bad for ever flirting.

Samuel P., age 27, London

Office all the morning. My wife and I by water; I landed her at Whitefriars, she went to my father’s to dinner, it being my father’s wedding day, there being a very great dinner, and only the Fenners and Joyces [Katherine and Anthony, Mary and William. P.G.] there. This morning Mr. Carew was hanged and quartered at Charing Cross; but his quarters, by a great favour, are not to be hanged up.

I was forced to go to my Lord’s to get him to meet the officers of the Navy this afternoon, and so could not go along with her, but I missed my Lord, who was this day upon the bench at the Sessions house. So I dined there, and went to White Hall, where I met with Sir W. Batten and Pen, who with the Comptroller, Treasurer, and Mr. Coventry (at his chamber) made up a list of such ships as are fit to be kept out for the winter guard, and the rest to be paid off by the Parliament when they can get money, which I doubt will not be a great while.

That done, I took coach, and called my wife at my father’s, and so homewards, calling at Thos. Pepys the turner’s for some things that we wanted. And so home, where I fell to read “The Fruitless Precaution” (a book formerly recommended by Dr. Clerke at sea to me), which I read in bed till I had made an end of it, and do find it the best writ tale that ever I read in my life. After that done to sleep, which I did not very well do, because that my wife having a stopping in her nose she snored much, which I never did hear her do before.

*(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

Mr. Henry went to the top of the hill this morning with J. Russell & Fergerson as they staid here last night again. It fatigued him a good deal. He waited up there to see Dr. Thrash till near 11 o’clock. I have quilted a little today. Mr. Henry went to the mill this evening & took a chill. He was freezing for awhile with the fever. It alarmed me a good deal. He was sitting before the fire & I had to call George to help him to bed. It soon wore off. A man came to stay all night about 8 o’clock. I was ready for bed but put on my clothes. He got his supper & went to bed. He is from Haywood.

*(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 set the fruit trees that he got the other day this forenoon. The thrashers came at noon and we did our thrashing this afternoon. We had 203 bu. of oats and 202 bu. of wheat. Kate, Effie and I went to the Reading Circle meeting at the ministers tonight.

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