Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

I have quilted all day again. Only mended Willie’s gown where Jeff had torn it trying to get if off the nail to lay on. Willie’s bowels are getting a little better. Pinck spells a little nearly every day. Zona runs about & makes herself generally useful.

*(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

Kate went to church this forenoon and I took care of Una; she was real good.  I have not felt very well today and have not been away from home only to go to the spring for a pail of water.  It has been quite a warm day and it looks like rain tonight; there is quite a breeze blowing.  I wrote a letter to ma this evening.

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

Laura M., age 15, North Carolina

Pretty good. Only saw Chris once and he didn’t see me. Found out he’s dating that Cara-chick. It makes sense. Me, Ashley, and Julie went 2 mall till 4:30. Mom picked me up. I got Eddie a hemp bracelet and chili lights. Got me smelly spray and a Phish tape (Junta). Em came and we went 2 Eddie’s. Chicken enchiladas and homework. Told Em about Chris. “Fuck ‘im.”

Anna L., age 75, Illinois

Carrie didn’t feel like going to S.S. nor church. Pretty well tired out but not complaining, unpacking. We went over in P.M. and got everything for store room down in basement. Lo had to go to office a little work there.

Samuel P., age 27, London

With Sir Wm. Pen by water to Whitehall, being this morning visited before I went out by my brother Tom, who told me that for his lying out of doors a day and a night my father had forbade him to come any more into his house, at which I was troubled, and did soundly chide him for doing so, and upon confessing his fault I told him I would speak to my father.

At Whitehall I met with Captain Clerk, and took him to the Leg in King Street, and did give him a dish or two of meat, and his purser that was with him, for his old kindness to me on board. After dinner I to Whitehall, where I met with Mrs. Hunt, and was forced to wait upon Mr. Scawen at a committee to speak for her husband, which I did. After that met with Luellin, Mr. Fage, and took them both to the Dog, and did give them a glass of wine. After that at Will’s I met with Mr. Spicer, and with him to the Abbey to see them at vespers. There I found but a thin congregation already. So I see that religion, be it what it will, is but a humour, and so the esteem of it passeth as other things do. From thence with him to see Robin Shaw, who has been a long time ill, and I have not seen him since I came from sea. He is much changed, but in hopes to be well again. From thence by coach to my father’s, and discoursed with him about Tom, and did give my advice to take him home again, which I think he will do in prudence rather than put him upon learning the way of being worse.

So home, and from home to Major Hart, who is just going out of town to-morrow, and made much of me, and did give me the oaths of supremacy and allegiance, that I may be capable of my arrears.

So home again, where my wife tells me what she has bought to-day, namely, a bed and furniture for her chamber, with which very well pleased I went to bed.

*(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

Col. R. B. Vance’s Regiment are going to move over here in the old pine field the other side of the road. I fear they will be troublesome. I expect they will strip every apple at the upper orchard. Four or five of the officers eat dinner here 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 came home this morning got the horse and buggy and went over after Fred and took him to Dexter where he took the train for home. I arecieved copies of the Book-keeping and Blanks today. The Nilsson Club met here tonight.

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

Laura M., age 14, North Carolina

School was good. Mario flirts with me so badly — it’s kind of funny. I’ve got a crush on Mitch (I’m finally admitting that), and a crush on Phred (Ashley). But it’s not enough to do anything about it. I was really sad when I came home today, but I took a nap and felt better. Watched the story. Came to Dad’s and Cap had lasagna with us. He’s a good guy — I’d forgotten that. Talked to Sean and Courtney. 🙂 Read a lot.

Marcy S., age 50, North Carolina

I know that it is God’s will that Harold be delivered from alcohol and I keep asking Him why He delays to deliver him. There must be some obstacle — I’m sure Harold is blocking his delivery by refusing to admit he has a problem, but am I blocking it too? Is it lack of faith? Lord, I humbly ask You to show me whatever fault or sin in me may be standing in the way of Your delivering Harold.