Henry S., age 26, Michigan

It has been raining almost all day and the wind has blown hard.  I fixed up my cross-cut saw this morning, so it is ready for business.  Will Case brought his books over and I have been working on them this afternoon.  Expect to finish my work on them tomorrow.  Went tot the singing class this evening.  I like the instructor real well and I believe I can improve my voice if I try hard, it needs it have enough.

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

Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

I quilted till dinner & got ready to roll and after dinner Mr. Henry helped me to roll. I washed a little after dinner. I have been attending to Willie yesterday & today as Hanes is picking beans. Zona stays with him when he gets in the yard.

*(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

Baked another cake and it was ruined. As oven seemed so hot. Lo went at noon to get another package. That went O.K. Cleaned up every where and raked a little. Lo brot Carrie at 5:00 and Mrs. B. came before seven then Low came. 21 with the preacher. Decided not to go to C.L. in Nor. for meeting. Really tired got to bed after 1:00.

Samuel P., age 27, London

This morning I was busy looking over papers at the office all alone, and being visited by Lieut. Lambert of the Charles (to whom I was formerly much beholden), I took him along with me to a little alehouse hard by our office, whither my cozen Thomas Pepys the turner had sent for me to show me two gentlemen that had a great desire to be known to me, one his name is Pepys, of our family, but one that I never heard of before, and the other a younger son of Sir Tho. Bendishes, and so we all called cozens.

After sitting awhile and drinking, my two new cozens, myself, and Lieut. Lambert went by water to Whitehall, and from thence I and Lieut. Lambert to Westminster Abbey, where we saw Dr. Frewen translated to the Archbishoprick of York.

Here I saw the Bishops of Winchester, Bangor, Rochester, Bath and Wells, and Salisbury, all in their habits, in King Henry Seventh’s chappell. But, Lord! at their going out, how people did most of them look upon them as strange creatures, and few with any kind of love or respect.

From thence at 2 to my Lord’s, where we took Mr. Sheply and Wm. Howe to the Raindeer, and had some oysters, which were very good, the first I have eat this year. So back to my Lord’s to dinner, and after dinner Lieut. Lambert and I did look upon my Lord’s model, and he told me many things in a ship that I desired to understand.

From thence by water I (leaving Lieut. Lambert at Blackfriars) went home, and there by promise met with Robert Shaw and Jack Spicer, who came to see me, and by the way I met upon Tower Hill with Mr. Pierce the surgeon and his wife, and took them home and did give them good wine, ale, and anchovies, and staid them till night, and so adieu.

Then to look upon my painters that are now at work in my house. At night 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.)

Marcy S., age 62, North Carolina

Father God, please help me to truly understand Your grace and the redemption you have provided for me through Jesus. Set me free from the false guilt of my past sins and help me to realize that Your grace has erased them completely through the blood of Your Son, Jesus. Thank You that the the redemption You have provided for me enables me to stand before You with no fear, guilt, or condemnation, because Your grace, through Jesus, has made me as though I had never sinned.

Thank You, dear Lord, for Your gift of grace — amazing grace.

Affirmation: “Because of God’s grace, I stand before Him with no fear, guilt, or condemnation.”

Laura M., age 14, North Carolina

School was good and I saw for the first time that Phred is a HUGE flirt! Can’t start liking him, but I can keep my crush. Got basic stuff done after school. Went to Dad’s and then we picked up Courtney and went to the Powder Puff game. It was fun. I saw Leslie! 🙂 Shannon spent the night and we watched “The Birdcage.” That’s so funny. We ate junk food and went to bed after the flick.

Cornelia H., age 25, North Carolina

Mail came but nothing new. The bridges are washed away so badly, had no mail from down the river at all. Turning a good deal warmer. The mill started on yesterday. Cathey’s Mill I understand is much damaged, at least the dam & fobay. David Lowry eat dinner here yesterday. He is comissary to this Regiment. I am very sorry they are camped so near to us.

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