Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

Cloudy & warm this morning but no rain yet. We have turnip salad for dinner. Our first mess. The turnips will be few this year as it has been too dry for them. Sam killed a kid yesterday evening two weeks ago today. The hogs like to eat up old Jim Knight. He was drunk & lay down in the road, not far from Gudger’s Mill on Hominy & they suppose it was the hogs. His face is badly cut up & both ears smooth off. I have not seen him. I will soon stop as it is dinner time. Mr. Henry down stairs reading. Willie & Pinck gone with the negroes chinqueapin hunting. They are opening a good deal now. Zona upstairs with me. It seems like fall of the year to look out today. The wind blows mournfully like it. How I wish I was at home this day with Dora & them. I want to go badly.

*(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

This has been an eventful day with us.  It was a stormy forenoon and we did not go to the fair ground until late and the rain had liven in our table and we boarded up the place where it rained in and started our writing.  We had a few customers during the day, and a good many lookers on.  We took in about $3.00 in all.  Mr. Hubbell, Mr. Adams, and Fred Waters came around and saw us.  We walked back to town with them, and called at their stopping place after supper and looked at the surveying drawings they are doing.  I got shaved tonight.  Wrote 1 Doz. cards.  Hope Kate and baby are well.

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

Samuel P., age 27, London

(Office day). There all the morning and afternoon till 4 o’clock. Hence to Whitehall, thinking to have put up my books at my Lord’s, but am disappointed from want of a chest which I had at Mr. Bowyer’s. Back by water about 8 o’clock, and upon the water saw the corpse of the Duke of Gloucester brought down Somerset House stairs, to go by water to Westminster, to be buried to-night. I landed at the old Swan and went to the Hoop Tavern, and (by a former agreement) sent for Mr. Chaplin, who with Nicholas Osborne and one Daniel came to us and we drank off two or three quarts of wine, which was very good; the drawing of our wine causing a great quarrel in the house between the two drawers which should draw us the best, which caused a great deal of noise and falling out till the master parted them, and came up to us and did give us a large account of the liberty that he gives his servants, all alike, to draw what wine they will to please his customers; and we did eat above 200 walnuts. About 10 o’clock we broke up and so home, and in my way I called in with them at Mr. Chaplin’s, where Nicholas Osborne did give me a barrel of samphire, and showed me the keys of Mardyke Fort, which he that was commander of the fort sent him as a token when the fort was demolished, which I was mightily pleased to see, and will get them of him if I can.

Home, where I found my boy (my maid’s brother) come out of the country to-day, but was gone to bed and so I could not see him to-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.)

Cornelia H., age 25, North Carolina

Mr. Henry went up the creek to try & get some volunteers. I fear he will go yet. I don’t want him to go. It seems that I could never stand it in the waits. I believe it would kill me. Zona had a fever last night again. Mr. Henry got very wet this evening as it rained very hard.

*(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 cut corn this forenoon and part of this afternoon. We finished cutting what we will sow and got it all in but about 1/2 an acre when it rained. Fred and Kate went off with Nellie. I went over there tonight and we will stay it is so dark and stormy.

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