Henry S., age 26, Michigan

Went to church this forenoon; it was communion service.  Walked with Fred Neill coming home.  Fred called this afternoon for a while.

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

Anna L., age 75, Illinois

Up early as usual. Took Carrie to S.S. Pink and Marian up later. Went to see Carrie’s apt. Pink straightened fence in alley, then he and Marian did kitchen windows and put up Lo’s new thermometer. They didn’t stay to eat went to Elmhurst. Lo and I did storm windows then took Carrie home. Went and fed cats then Lo mowed back yard and we got things ready for dump.

Laura M., age 15, North Carolina

Good. We had a fire drill in 2nd period. Sandra picked me up and I worked with Meri and Jenn. Got done at 4:30 and Jenn took me home. Worked on proj. Em came and we went to Olive Garden with Eddie. I got frustrated with homework. Came home and did it till 11:00. Talked to Ashley briefly.

Laura M., age 14, North Carolina

This morning sucked ’cause Shannon was being unreasonable. Didn’t see Phred much at all. Went to Shannon’s after school. We didn’t get along very well. We went to Albert’s and then Seth’s. Chilled with a magazine. Came home, packed, talked with Em. Came to Dad’s and had spaghetti for dinner. Talked to Phred for a little bit. Then Sean beeped in and I was so happy! We talked for a while and he said he got congrats from Chrissi and Renee on us dating. God, I miss them. Got pictures and I love them! Cut them up for friends.

Samuel P., age 27, London

This morning Sir W. Batten with Colonel Birch to Deptford, to pay off two ships. Sir W. Pen and I staid to do business, and afterwards together to White Hall, where I went to my Lord, and found him in bed not well, and saw in his chamber his picture, very well done; and am with child till I get it copied out, which I hope to do when he is gone to sea.

To Whitehall again, where at Mr. Coventry’s chamber I met with Sir W. Pen again, and so with him to Redriffe by water, and from thence walked over the fields to Deptford (the first pleasant walk I have had a great while), and in our way had a great deal of merry discourse, and find him to be a merry fellow and pretty good natured, and sings very bawdy songs.

So we came and found our gentlemen and Mr. Prin at the pay.

About noon we dined together, and were very merry at table telling of tales.

After dinner to the pay of another ship till 10 at night, and so home in our barge, a clear moonshine night, and it was 12 o’clock before we got home, where I found my wife in bed, and part of our chambers hung to-day by the upholster, but not being well done I was fretted, and so in a discontent to bed.

I found Mr. Prin a good, honest, plain man, but in his discourse not very free or pleasant.

Among all the tales that passed among us to-day, he told us of one Damford, that, being a black man, did scald his beard with mince-pie, and it came up again all white in that place, and continued to his dying day. Sir W. Pen told us a good jest about some gentlemen blinding of the drawer, and who he catched was to pay the reckoning, and so they got away, and the master of the house coming up to see what his man did, his man got hold of him, thinking it to be one of the gentlemen, and told him that he was to pay the reckoning.

*(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.)

Henry S., age 25, Michigan

We went to the Farmer’s Club Fair at Wm Balls today. Kate and Effie helped get up the dinner. Pa exhibited potatoes, corn, grapes, apples and tomatoes. Kate a table spread, Effie some quilt work and I some penmanship and book-keeping works. It has been a fine day and we had a good time.  

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