Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

I had neuralgea in my jaw last night. I sit up before the fire from three till four o’clock & this morning it is not near easy. Mail was late coming. We got no letters & but little mail matter & Mr. Henry brought it yesterday. I have done nothing today. I took a nap before dinner & my teeth & jaw are nearly easy. Mr. Henry & I went to the mill this evening. He has taken a long nap since dinner. Wiley Night is at work on our sugar or rather molasses mill, says he will get it done sometime next week. Tom Hendrix was at the mill considerably excited on whiskey. He don’t like the idea of having to go to war as the conscripts are called out from 18 to 40. I think Mr. Henry will be exempted as a miller. I do hope he may.

*(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

We got up early this morning, and Kate went at her washing and I put down some thresholds to the inside doors and fixed some in the kitchen.  Went up town and got our new stove and pipe to put it up.  This afternoon we moved the cook stove out into the kitchen, put down our carpet and set up the new stove.  Every-thing goes well so far.  I went for the mail tonight and to get more stove pipe so we could build a fire in the new stove.  We feel pretty tired.

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

Laura M., age 15, North Carolina

Good day at school — pep rally at 6th period. Sandra bitched at me on the way 2 work about wanting to go 2 Renee’s. Worked with Meri and Noelle. It was fun, but Dad made me cry ’cause of the Renee thing. He hung up on me! Spent night with Renee, anyway. Zach, Tarik, Sol, Joe, and this guy Scott. Sean came, 2.

Laura M., age 14, North Carolina

Good morning! But then at lunch Courtney seemed sad and it made me sad. But then she got happy and I was still sad. Me and Shannon “made up” (I guess). Came home and did the usual. Think I’m going to start running after school… Need to get more exercise. Went to Eddie’s. Did usual after going to Los Tres. V’been thinking about Sean a lot today. I want him back and I know I can do it. I just don’t know how???

Samuel P., age 27, London

Office day. Much troubled all this morning in my mind about the business of my walk on the leads. I spoke of it to the Comptroller and the rest of the principal officers, who are all unwilling to meddle in anything that may anger my Lady Davis. And so I am fain to give over for the time that she do continue therein.

Dined at home, and after dinner to Westminster Hall, where I met with Billing the quaker at Mrs. Michell’s shop, who is still of the former opinion he was of against the clergymen of all sorts, and a cunning fellow I find him to be. Home, and there I had news that Sir W. Pen is resolved to ride to Sir W. Batten’s country house to-morrow, and would have me go with him, so I sat up late, getting together my things to ride in, and was fain to cut an old pair of boots to make leathers for those I was to wear.

This month I conclude with my mind very heavy for the loss of the leads, as also for the greatness of my late expenses, insomuch that I do not think that I have above 150l. clear money in the world, but I have, I believe, got a great deal of good household stuff.

I hear to-day that the Queen is landed at Dover, and will be here on Friday next, November 2nd.

My wife has been so ill of late of her old pain that I have not known her this fortnight almost, which is a pain to me.

*(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

I sewed some on Charlie’s shirts & cut out pants for the negro men. Mrs. Fanning got 4 3/4 lbs. of tack rolls on Monday. She has been spinning them. Cloudy, looks like rain. The hands been sowing wheat. George at the mill.

*(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

This has been another lovely day. I went to church and sung in the choir as usual. Kate didn’t feel well enough to go. We put a boquet [sic] of  flowers on Johnnies grave this afternoon. I filled out the answer to Scotts postal card tonight, and will send it back as soon as I can mail it.

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

Abbie B., age 22, Kansas

The last of the month. As soon as the plowing is done we will go to Augusta and prove up. It is cold and stormy. Yesterday it rained all day. The rain froze on the grass. I baked and had a slow time. The geese are fat, stewed one, it is very nice.  I am alone to day, just had dinner— baked a little corn bread in the skillet. Am seated by the fire, writing on my lap.

*(kansasmemory.org, Kansas State Historical Society, copy and reuse restrictions apply)