Anna L., age 75, Illinois

Did all ironing except 2 of Lo’s dresses that had to be dampened. Went to Carrie’s then called Mrs. B. to come over for coffee and did. Made custard and fixed macaroni for eve. Had taken grapes to Carrie as she wanted to make jelly. Out to cabin and listened to and watched debate of Nixon and Kennedy.

Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

Quilted again today. No great deal. We are all well. Nothing new going on. I wrote to all my sisters last Sunday & hope I may soon get a letter from some of them. They don’t write often.

*(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

I drew a plan for tables to be made for my room at the College and went up intending to attend the chapel exercises.  I saw the Prof. and talked a little with him, then I went over to Dr.’s and he told m the board thought they couldn’t hire me, so I came home and took off my collar.  I borrowed Neill’s step ladder and picked apples that afternoon.  Went to the sing tonight.

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

Laura M., age 15, North Carolina

Good. For some reason I didn’t want the day to end. Maybe I’m getting a new outlook… Went home with Renee (Casey, Julie). Came home and did homework and T.V. until bed. Renee called and said Chris, Tim, Mike and Zach came by again. Not Zach, too. 🙁 I’m gonna be SUPER-BITCH 2 Chris now.

Marcy S., age 62, North Carolina

Kermit Radford called last night to ask me if I’d let Roger come back to school next week after Bill leaves — Roger is very unhappy at Grace Christian School in Rocky Mount. Of course we’ll welcome him back with open arms — and Barbara, too. She pulled some ligaments in her foot last Friday so won’t be able to come in this week. We had a good talk — somehow I feel closer to her now and more at ease.

When I have time I’ll record my foot problem last week —

“Father, I bless Harold with Your wisdom and guidance today. I bless him with a thirst for righteousness and a desire to love and serve You.”

Samuel P., age 27, London

(Lord’s day). To White Hall on foot, calling at my father’s to change my long black cloak for a short one (long cloaks being now quite out); but he being gone to church, I could not get one, and therefore I proceeded on and came to my Lord before he went to chapel and so went with him, where I heard Dr. Spurstow preach before the King a poor dry sermon; but a very good anthem of Captn. Cooke’s afterwards.

Going out of chapel I met with Jack Cole, my old friend (whom I had not seen a great while before), and have promised to renew acquaintance in London together. To my Lord’s and dined with him; he all dinner time talking French to me, and telling me the story how the Duke of York hath got my Lord Chancellor’s daughter with child, and that she, do lay it to him, and that for certain he did promise her marriage, and had signed it with his blood, but that he by stealth had got the paper out of her cabinet. And that the King would have him to marry her, but that he will not.1 So that the thing is very bad for the Duke, and them all; but my Lord do make light of it, as a thing that he believes is not a new thing for the Duke to do abroad. Discoursing concerning what if the Duke should marry her, my Lord told me that among his father’s many old sayings that he had wrote in a book of his, this is one—that he that do get a wench with child and marry her afterwards is as if a man should —— in his hat and then clap it on his head.

I perceive my Lord is grown a man very indifferent in all matters of religion, and so makes nothing of these things.

After dinner to the Abbey, where I heard them read the church- service, but very ridiculously, that indeed I do not in myself like it at all. A poor cold sermon of Dr. Lamb’s, one of the prebends, in his habit, came afterwards, and so all ended, and by my troth a pitiful sorry devotion that these men pay.

So walked home by land, and before supper I read part of the Marian persecution in Mr. Fuller. So to supper, prayers, and 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.)

Laura M., age 14, North Carolina

School sucked today. Shannon, Courtney left early today and left me all alone. Lunch was shitty ’cause I was all alone. Came home and did my homework till 4. Watched soap. Did homework. Talked to Phred. Like him. Talked to Sean. Love him. Did homework. Talked to Shannon on the tele. Wrote in Diary. (Duh.) Watched TV. I LOVE SEAN.

Henry S., age 25, Michigan

I stayed at father Quells last night. A mouse got into the room when Kate and I were and made it lively for us. Pa, Effie and Willie went to Dexter this forenoon to have Willie’s hand dressed. Geo. Williams buried his little boy today. I helped pa draw manure this afternoon.  

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