Anna L., age 75, Illinois

Turned windy and very warm thru the day. Mrs. B. came for coffee. I had baked pie and fried chicken later. Prepared vegetables, salad etc. for eve. meal. Cooks to eat with us, also Jim. Stopped at Carrie’s on way out. Began to rain when Lo came home. Had talked with Noah. Much different and reduced rent but no key.

Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

I have been carding bats today to put in my cactus quilt. Atheline helped some. I got it in & quilted a little on it. The thrashers got done here today late this evening. Willie is getting some better. Dyptheria is raging through the country at a fearful rate now. I pray God my little ones may escape.

*(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

Rested very well last night and have felt some better today.  I went up town this forenoon and got the mail.  The stove I ordered is at the store I think we will like it.  Will Cast came over today noon and brought his books for me to find a trial balance, which he had not succeeded in doing.  I got them all straight this afternoon and took them back to him.  I wish I could have lots of such work to do.  I think I would like to be an expert accountant.  It has turned warmer, froze hard last night.

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

Laura M., age 15, North Carolina

Didn’t see Chris once. Liked it and Didn’t like it. Kid in my French class asked me if I “had any marijuana.” Ha! Leslie told me she’s not doing so well. Damn anorexia. Went home with Ashley and stayed till 4:30. Came home and packed. Did homework. Dad picked me up. Drove to his house. Ate. Did homework right up until bed-time. School keeps me busy.

Laura M., age 14, North Carolina

Nothing much happened today at school. Went over to Shannon’s til 4-ish. Came home and studied some. Mowed the lawn. Actually liked it. Talked to Karen and she told me that Shannon kissed Alex and then kissed Eric while Alex was unzipping her pants. What a ho! And she didn’t even tell me! Watched TV. Talked to Sean. Wrote Chrissi a birthday letter. Wrote Shannon.

Samuel P., age 27, London

(Office day). From thence to dinner by coach with my wife to my Cozen Scott’s, and the company not being come, I went over the way to the Barber’s. So thither again to dinner, where was my uncle Fenner and my aunt, my father and mother, and others. Among the rest my Cozen Rich. Pepys, their elder brother, whom I had not seen these fourteen years, ever since he came from New England. It was strange for us to go a gossiping to her, she having newly buried her child that she was brought to bed of.

I rose from table and went to the Temple church, where I had appointed Sir W. Battento meet him; and there at Sir Heneage Finch Sollicitor General’s chambers, before him and Sir W. Wilde, Recorder of London (whom we sent for from his chamber) we were sworn justices of peace for Middlesex, Essex, Kent, and Southampton; with which honour I did find myself mightily pleased, though I am wholly ignorant in the duty of a justice of peace. From thence with Sir William to Whitehall by water (old Mr. Smith with us) intending to speak with Secretary Nicholas about the augmentation of our salaries, but being forth we went to the Three Tuns tavern, where we drank awhile, and then came in Col. Slingsby and another gentleman and sat with us. From thence to my Lord’s to enquire whether they have had any thing from my Lord or no.

Knocking at the door, there passed me Mons. L’Impertinent [Mr. Butler] for whom I took a coach and went with him to a dancing meeting in Broad Street, at the house that was formerly the glass-house, Luke Channel, Master of the School, where I saw good dancing, but it growing late, and the room very full of people and so very hot, I went home.

*(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 started to Haywood this morning to buy meat. I did but little today. Mrs. Fanning put the cloth through the harness slay, started it to weave. I fear it will do but little good. Dan Hawkins came to work here today.

*(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

It was a foggy morning but cleared off and has been warm. We have been working at the wheat field and have only 4 or 5 acres left to sow. Kate and Fred went over to father Queals today. I am getting full of grapes.  

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

Abbie B., age 22, Kansas

A  Mr. Newcomer was here yesterday.  He wanted me to stay with his daughter, while they went on a hunt.  I cannot do that.  I am not going to leave brother now, neither of us strong.  Started new hop yeast and baked bread.  Made plum jam.  Had a chill ct.  This morning I felt hungry, had no supper last night.  This is Sunday, am comed and dressed will write letters and rest today.

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