Walter Fitz Randolph 1859 Diary
This diary was recorded by Walter Randolph over a six-month period from November 1, 1859 to June
3, 1860, approximately one hundred and thirty seven years ago, as he boarded in the Marengo, IL area. The diary
measured 146 mm long by 95 mm wide, or 5 ¾ inches long by 3 ¾ inches wide. [Small enough to fit in a man's coat or
shirt pocket.] [Approximately actual size is shown on the previous page] As received it contained 104 pages. Pages
2, 72-77, and 82-97 were unused and blank. An introduction was recorded on pages 3-6. Daily entries were made on
subsequent pages up to and including page 71. Other notations of Walter Randolph were made on pages 78-81 and on
pages 98-104. Four pages of the first pages of the diary were cut and removed, presumably by Walter Randolph;
however, traces of the pages that were not completely cut are still present along the binding, enough to count and
to observe that writing at one time occurred on them. Presumably Walter Randolph used the book for other notes
before deciding to use it as a diary. No cover was present on the diary as it was received.
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I have resolved to write a Diary, and for these reasons:
First because I believe it will be beneficial for the same reason that any exercise in composition
is. Though there will be a very desultory kind yet it will be beneficial if for nothing more than as an exercise in
Second because it may be valuable as a reference.
Third, it will some time be profitable as a method of employing in idle hours.
Fourth it will often afford me amusement.
Fifth, some of the persons that I respect do so, and as I have considerable imitation, therefore I
will write one too.
Last which ought also to be the strongest reason,
but doubt very much whether it is with me it will lead me often to review my motives and
All what I may write will be intended for my own eye exclusively. I shall not be very particular
about the subjects or the manner of treating them. Yet here shall nothing be written that a son would not have his
mother read. Then may I never be guilty of a thought
or action that would not answer for these pages.
Nov. 1, 1859
Tuesday eve, Nov. 1, 1859
[JMR: Tuesday, November 1, 1859]
I labor under a severe depression of spirits this evening. I am physically unwell. Last night I
went to Mrs. Williamson's to get boarding this winter but did not succeed. I shall have to teach and board around
and it looks really discouraging. I fear for my health in view of the hard ship. Besides it is ruinous to my plans
for the future.
Father does not come home from Michigan. I don't
[know] why. I have expected him for several days.
I often am troubled with such feelings, yet I am not a gloomy disposition, on the contrary I think
I am rather cheerful.
I wish I were a true Christian, I could then go to the Savior and lay my troubles at his feet or
rather leave them behind and have instead His infinite love and mercy to comfort and cheer me.
Friday evening Nov. 4
[JMR: Friday, November 4, 1859]
Three days past since I wrote last Wednesday. Took Walter G. to Marengo to take the car. While at
the depot Rachel introduced me to Mr. Waterburg---very affiable man–Rachel says that's all he knows. Today read
forty pages of Blackston This is a splendid moon light night. I wish I had gone to Marengo–could have spent two or
three hours very profitably and pleasantly in good spirits.
Saturday eve. Nov. 5
[JMR: Saturday, November 5, 1859]
Went to Marengo to day to attend the mortgage agent Carson–resides on at seventy dollars which,
point to Adams. Received two letters from Father. Called on Mr. Richardson. Rachel came home with me.
[JMR: Monday, November 7, 1859]
I loitered around the most of the day yesterday. In the afternoon went and heard Mr. Holterman
preach a sermon on faith. Think he described my condition very well.
It is I think as much a want of faith as or more than any thing else. This keeps me from trying to
be a Christian. In the evening took Rachel home. The moon shone very brightly. I was to pleasant to resist the
temptation to ride so we drove to Coral We talked over the sermon and our religious feelings. I talked of mine more
freely than ever I did with any one before.
She gave me the first kiss. I have stolen
kisses from her but this was the first one given. All together I had a pleasant time and was a
[JMR: Tuesday, November 8, 1859]
Have been to election today. Feel in high spirits this evening in prospect of attending the musical
Thursday Morn. [Nov 10. 1859]
[JMR: Thursday, November 10, 1859]
Attended convention yesterday. Mr. Root took charge. Hardly liked the man. Did not
think he looked as though he knew much. I think he is a verification of the saying that good
singers are generally silly. He had a much better voice than Bradbury, but not as good a teacher.
Had a glorious good time all day–enjoyed the singing much -went to Mr. Clarks and took dinner and
supper. Melisa appeared in good spirits. She gave me_________ ambrotyp to carry
six months and then return or my own in its stead. Stayed last night at Mr. Richardson's.
Saturday eve, Nov. 18
[JMR: Saturday, November 19, 1859]
A gap in my diary ! On Thursday night the 10 I lost in my room at the hotel and did not find it
till today. I have been troubled about it much not that there was anything valuable in it but I din not wish to
have curious eyes examining something I had intended if
only for my self. On Thursday eve I attended a social party at Rev. Mr. Waterberg and spent a
pleasant evening. We concluded one musical convention with a concert on Friday evening after which Rachel and I
came home by moon light. On Saturday I settled with Mr. Curtis and _______ to my winters labor. On Monday commenced
my school with twenty five scholars.
Thursday last received a letter from Father stating
that he had lost his smile and that his loss in the operation was about one hundred and fifty
dollars. This with some other trouble gave me the blues horribly. To day went to Marengo and transacted some
business. Received a letter from Dr. Underwood. Boarded this week at Mr. Fellowston
Sunday eve Nov. 19.
[JMR: Sunday, November 20, 1859]
Have spent a rather long boring day though part of it passed very pleasantly in reading Taylors
_____ a ______.
He raises the imagination so high and awakens such an interest in what he sees that one can hardly
read his travels without being tempted to pursue the same course. I wrote a letter to Lizzie today. Went to meeting
at the school house and listened to an inferior sermon from Rev. Mr. Smith.
Thursday morn Nov. 24
[JMR: Thursday, November 24, 1859]
Thanksgiving! I am going to teach. It's too bad but I'm going to town this evening to a social
and expect to find those there I shall be glad to see so if I can't hear a good sermon and eat
roast turkey I like to be happy part of the day. And then I can try and be thankful to the Good Giver all day.
I have been boarding two days at Mr. Barnetts. Night before last I had a very pleasant conversation
with Messr. Bernent and Crinklew about the high lands and low lands of Scotland, the peculiarities and differences
origin, customs and language.
I just began to like "boarding around" A fellow gets all he wants to eat the tert chair and the
lent bed in the home ------sometimes though last night I slept with one of the children and the little fellow lay
like a jack knife and snored like one of those animals that got choked in the water.
Nov. 25 Friday eve.
[JMR: Friday, November 25, 1859]
Well I went to the social
last night and Lizzie W' went with me. Maggi went with Alexander' We had a time. The night rivaled
Egyptian darkness and the roads were passable. The social was a good thing. I enjoyed it much but my fellow
sufferers were strangers to the company. Coming home was rather pleasant with slight admixture of the prefix run
enough to give it a test. The last two miles of the way the rain came down in torrents.
Alexander and Maggie lost their umbrella. We by driving faster got home nearly half an hour before
them which in a rain storm is enough to keep a coat dry. They got rather wet-- A. and I accepted the hospitality of
Mr. W's gratefully at 2 o'clock this morning. My company was so good that the way though "dark and stormy" was
short and pleasant.
At Mr. Fellow's, Sunday eve Nov. 27.
[JMR: Sunday, November 27, 1859]
Am somewhat on the down list to night–expected
Father would come home yesterday and was disappointed. I can not imagine why he dont come. It
troubles me much. Then Dilly causes me much anxiety.
Went to Marengo yesterday to meet Father but brought Rachel home and took her back this morning.
Had a conversation with her and Alex on religious subjects that I think had a good influence on me. When I left her
to day I had a lighter heart than has blessed me for a week before.
At Mr. Bainbriten Tuesday eve Nov 29.
[JMR: Tuesday, November 29, 1859]
Father came home yesterday. Was glad to see him. Am rather lonesome to night-got pretty tired to
day- worked here in my school.
At Fellow's Sabbath eve Dec. 4.
[JMR: Sunday, December 4, 1859]
Passed a pretty lazy Sabbath. Went to Mr. Cristises, then forenoon called at Barbers on my way back
and had an introduction to Mrs. N. Potter. Went this evening to hear J. Underwood preach–liked him much better than
I expected–Sermon to long.
Have boarded all week at Mr. Bainerds with the exception of one evening at Mr. Williamson's when it
rained. Taught yesterday.
At Norton's Tuesday eve Dec 6
[JMR: Tuesday, December 6, 1859]
I have been told there would be a dry place to board because they never take any. They are inclined
to be mute but I found it rather pleasant, I can read without being requested to answer questions. This has been
the coldest day of the season. Mercury
at zero. Had but few scholars and to keep warm we all had seats around the stove.
At Mr. Willson's Dec 9. Friday eve.
[JMR: Friday, December 9, 1859]
One more birth day. To day I am twenty six years old. Twenty six times have I seen summer change to
winter and winter to summer. One half of my life is past, yet it seems to me I have just commenced. One half of my
life is just in preparing for life and yet I am not ready to begin. One half of my life is past and I have
accomplished nothing, I have done nothing to make the world better or wiser. Yet, I have
accomplished something that ought to give any mortal happiness. I have gained the confidence of my relatives and
won the love of one who for years has been in my dreams and hopes of the future, the sharer of my ______ and the
confident of my troubles. Yet I lack confidence in my self and bright as the future ought
to seem to a young man circumstances as I am I dread it. I some times think it must be that I have
a cowardly heart.
Sunday eve. Dec. 11
[JMR: Sunday, December 11, 1859]
Attended Presbyterian Church at Marengo. Mr. Cill preached from the text "What think ye of
Christ"–a very informative sermon. It was communion day and never did the ceremony of the Lords Supper appear so
necessary so solemn and yet so beautiful to me as to day. I really
felt during it as though this want of faith this unbelief of mine was excluding me from a happy
society which was my duty, my privilege, and my desire to enjoy. Oh, I want to be a Christian. Often I feel this
desire and I think it grows. The Christian church still presents new beauties. God's love ever ever presents new
attraction. This _____ increase all most gives me hope that I will some time truly love the Savior.
I attended the teacher association yesterday. We had a pleasant and profitable time. My gem shone
with a new luster. In our Analysis class she showed a depth of thought and power of mind that I rarely meet with.
She told me once that she did not possess such "accomplishments" as she thought would please me. Is this one of
those fashionable accomplishments, drawing armmings from ye as truly valuable or
meritorious so a knowledge of one's native languages. Last night went to Coral to get a singing
school. Only eight or ten persons there. Sang them a song and left them with the promise that they would try and
get me a school.
[JMR: Tuesday, December 13, 1859]
Was at a festival, the Episcopal church, Marengo. Had a very good time. Ate all the oysters I could
eat. Rachel was with me.
Friday eve Dec. 16 at Willson's.
[JMR: Friday, December 16, 1859]
Have been boarding here all week. Feel at home though it is not the pleasant place I have ever
been. To night had a singing school for the children which went off very pleasantly.
At the Fellows, Sabbath eve Dec. 18. At 25 minutes past 6 o'clock.
[JMR: Sunday, December 18, 1859]
Am having the pleasure of witnessing a Methodist minister select his text for this evenings
service. Says he feels unsure and doesnt know what to preach about –asks various members of the family
to select a text or preach from him appears to want to select his subject and frame a discourse to
suit the occasion in fifteen minutes. I count on an interesting sermon
9 o'clock P.M.
The sermon just about came up to my expectations. I only heard about half of it, that was all I
could spend time to hear.
Went yesterday and took Dilly to Stadelash at Coral. This morning attended the Presbyterian
Wednesday eve. Dec. 21.
[JMR: Wednesday, December 21, 1859]
Had a grammar school this evening and tried the plan of teaching Analysis orally and was well
satisfied with the result. Think that if I could take charge of a class about twelve evenings I could make
Friday evening Dec. 23.
[JMR: Friday, December 23, 1859]
Had a singing school to night. Supposed it was the first of a series but was disappointed as to the
position of fineness.
The prospect is pretty good however was well pleased with the talent I had to work with. Six weeks
of my school gone. How I long for spring.
Saturday eve. Dec. 24.
[JMR: Saturday, December 24, 1859]
Attended an oysters supper at the James school house. All James' was there and some besides I
enjoyed the evening well.
Sabbath eve. Dec. 25.
[JMR: Sunday, December 25, 1859]
Went to Marengo to Church but in consequence of the baptismal service there
was no sermon. Meggie W went with me. We were disappointed. Our conversation both going and coming
turned very frequently on religious subjects.
How much better it is for a young man to seek the company of intelligent and religious young ladies
than to spend idle hours in the company of misses "who" as somebody has said "never had but two ideas in their life
and never a new way of expressing them."
At Mr. Williamson's, Riley, IL Jan 3, 1860.
[JMR: Tuesday, January 3, 1860]
My poor little diary has been quite neglected for a few days. I have been very busy. Last Wednesday
Lizzie W., Rachel, Alexander and I took a notion to go to St. Charles That evening I had my first school in a
series of singing schools. Next morning we started on our visit. Had a very pleasant time going –enjoyed ourselves
well at Uncles on Friday. Returned on Saturday with
the thermometer at -21 and the wind in our faces. Whew! It was cold. Part of the way I almost
forgot that it was cold. Almost any atmosphere and place will appear pleasant when a pretty girl is listening to
your "tale of love". Sabbath went with Maggie to Church at Marengo.
At Mr. Williamson's Monday eve Jan 9.
[JMR: Monday, January 9, 1860]
Went to Marengo last Saturday to the Teachers Institution, but there was none. Formed an
acquaintance with Mr. Chane the new teacher at
Marengo. Last night went to hear Mr. Church preach---think the sermon would have a good effect on
me if they had not had a speaking meeting afterward–am going so might hear him again.
At Mr. Fellow's, Friday eve. Jan 13.
[JMR: Friday, January 13, 1860]
Finished another week of school and one half of the term or nine weeks. Cleaned out the school
house this afternoon. Have been considerably afflicted with the rhenmationfor two or three weeks back
and it is gradually going worse---to night it is back and I feel much discouraged about it.
To morrow I am going to town and expect to see Father and Rachel. How much pleasure it gives me to
meet those I love and with how much pleasure I look forward to a meeting with these two.
At E. Fellows, Monday Eve Jan23.
[JMR: Monday, January 23, 1860]
My poor little diary has been sadly neglected. I havent felt in a writing mood.
Last Saturday went to Marengo to attend the teachers Association. We had a very pleasant time. I
became better acquainted with Mr. Chase and concluded that he will not remain in his situation long. Rachel's
opinion is the same. I went to Mr. Patrick and applied for the situation in case it became vacant. To my surprise
he told me that my name had been before
the directors and that Mr. Rush and Dr. Miller had given me a recommendation, but I had been
rejected because [I was] too young. I dont think this was the true reason. Father told me he had concluded to go
into cranberry business with Saffords. Sabbath I went to the Presbyterian Church. After the service Dr. Miller
requested me in the future to take a seat in the choir when I was there.
Sunday Jan 30 at Fellow's
[JMR: Sunday, January 29, 1860]
Went to Marengo to Church and heard a excellent sermon by Mr. Emile –an explanation of the parable
of the barren fig tree in the vineyard.
Took dinner with Father. Went and spent the afternoon with Rachel. She told me some of her
troubles, particularly her affai with M' I have various feelings about it but do not think I love her any the less.
There are some things about it that make me admire her character
more than ever, and some things I did not expect from her. I had supposed the woman understand her
own feelings better.
At Mr. Williamson's., February 1
[JMR: Wednesday, February 1, 1860]
Had visitors at school this afternoon. S. Bolliu and sister. We came here and took supper and spent
At. M. Brohen's Feb. 2
[JMR: Thursday, February 2, 1860]
Traveled two miles to get here this evening---spending a very dull time. If a person could only be
ought to spend their time more pleasantly than I do this evening.
At E. Fellows Sabbath Eve. Feb 12.
[JMR: Sunday, February 12, 1860]
Went yesterday to the McDonald'''' and spent the afternoon and evening very pleasantly with them
and Father. To day went to Marengo to church and heard a sermon on the first five verses of the "Sermon on the
Mount". Took Alexander with me and after church we went to Rachel's room. Coming home he and I talked for the first
the relationship between Rachel and me. He said he had always been solicitous who took her but well
satisfied to trust her to me. Am in considerable trouble [about] my future prospects. Father wants to go to Mich.
to raise cranberries, while I want him to go west. If he goes to Mich. the prospects is that I will be thrown on my
own resources with comparatively nothing but wits and my hands to gain a livelihood with, ,while if we go west with
our experiences and the property we have I see independence and even
wealth. All most certain instead for me only a few years in the future. If he goes to Mich. I think
that I will pursue the law though I have many doubts as to my success in that profession.
Monday evening Feb. 18
[JMR: Monday, February 13, 1860]
In trouble, I never spent a day in school that I felt as little like attending to my duty as today.
It was impossible to keep from looking on the dark side of the future and my mind from being continually on the
to insure a future competency. This evening saw Father but got nothing encouraging there. I have a
____ so nigh that brightens the prospect a little.
Father has offered to give me some property a number of times. I will ask him to deed me one of
those "Eighties". If he will it amounts to a "start" sometime.
Saturday 19 at Curtises
[JMR: Saturday, February 18, 1860]
Came down last night to singing school. Found Rachel there. After singing went to a Spiritalist
Nichols–the first I ever attended. Amanda Barber when I went in professed to be influenced by the
spirit of her aunt Knowlton and came and shook hands with me It made me feel sad to see a young lady who had been
one of my favorite pupils making such an exhibition of herself.
Came home with Mr. Curtis and stayed over night. They appear glad to see me. Mrs. C. gave me a nice
pair of woolen socks to day.
At Mr. Williamson's Sabbath 19
[JMR: Sunday, February 19, 1860]
Went last evening to Goodsils. Hattie G. came home and she went back and spent the eve there. This
morning went up to Marengo to church and came back at 8 o'clock with the "blues" and went to the school house,
built a fire and mumped it out all alone. Came here to stay over night.
Thursday February 23
[JMR: Thursday, February 23, 1860]
Yesterday morning got news that the Marengo School was about changing teachers
and thought it best to look after my chance so I dismissed my school and went to town. Feel pretty
well satisfied with my trip. My prospects begin to brighten. I begin to flatter myself. I will get the school. Am
at Brokew's to-night.
At Mr. Williamson's Friday eve.
[JMR: Friday, February 24, 1860]
Had visitors today. Hattie G. and Maggie were at school this afternoon. Came home with them and
spent the evening very pleasantly.
Sabbath eve 25 Feb. Williamson's
[JMR: Sunday, February 26, 1860]
Went to church to day with Lizzie W. and saw the Dedicatary Service of the Church of the Advent
Sabbath morn Marengo March 4
[JMR: Sunday, March 4, 1860]
Came her yester-day to see about the school and found that Dr. Miller had taken it. In consequence
of this and some other disappointments I felt very low spirited, but am in better spirits this morning.
Evening at Norton's
Spent the after-noon with
R. Told her some of my troubles and got womanly and shed tears over it. Saw Father this evening. He
made an offer of a team and some other material to work with. Am now in as much trouble as before to know what to
Thursday March 15.
[JMR: Thursday, March 15]
Finished my school to day and made out my schedule and have the directors names signed to it. Had
several visitors to day. Feel but very little regret at leaving the school.
At McDonald's Friday 16
[JMR: Friday March 16, 1860]
Have been to visit the Java school today. Was glad to go back and see my old scholars again.
Saturday March 17
[JMR: Saturday, March 17, 1860]
Came to Marengo to day. Spent the after noon with Rachel. She was quite worried. Their sponsoring
person told us that they could not pay for the farm and that they would have to give it up. This is quite a
disappointment to me. I dont want to farm in
northern Illinois. When I go to farming again my inclinations are to go south and west.
At Uncle Henry R. Monday.
[JMR: Monday, March 19, 1860]
Came here yesterday from Marengo. Found Uncle very bad. His eye is entirely closed. Am going to
spend part of the week attending so as to see how I like that part of the profession of the law and to better
satisfy myself as to my abilities in that profession.
At McDonald's Wednesday 21 March
[JMR: Wednesday, March 21, 1860]
Came from Uncle's to day. Saw Carson & Mackey. They are still deciding to let the farm come
At Mr. Richardson's Thursday 22 March
[JMR: Thursday, March 22, 1860]
Came here this afternoon and am going to stop a few days and doctor my rheniutism Father and I went
to Carson & Mackey this morning and made them some propositions what we would do about the land and gave them a
few days to consider them.
Called on Rachel this evening. Her health is better than when I last saw her.
Sabbath Eve. Marengo
[JMR: Sunday, March 25, 1860]
Went yesterday down on the Prairie with Father and stayed overnight at McDonald's. this after noon
whent to meeting at the school house. Heard Mr. Church preach. Came up with Charlie and spent the evening with
Rachel. Took dinner with Hattie Curtis.
[JMR: Tuesday, March 27, 1860]
Went this after noon with Hattie Curtis to visit the public school. There is quite a difference
between the appearance of the school now and when it was under the charge of Mr. Chase.
Bought Longfellow's "Hiawatha" and took it up and read to Rache. She said she liked it much. I
enjoyed it so much that I could hardly come away. God grant that we may enjoy many as pleasant hours.
Friday Eve March 30
[JMR: Friday, March 30, 1860]
Have been up to visit Dr. Miller's school again. It is his last-day for their term. We brought in
his melodeo and sang for the scholars. They were highly pleased with it.
I have learned a good lesson of cheerfulness in these two visits.
Saturday Eve 31
[JMR: Saturday, March 31, 1860]
Have been reading Blackstone's and loitering around town this week. Am some better of my
rhenmation. Desire going down on the prairie next week. Spent the evening with Rachel again reading
At McDonald's Apr 1
[JMR: Sunday, April 1, 1860]
Came here today from town am going to board here awhile. Saw Eunice G today. She was in very low
spirits. She was on her way to begin her first school.
[JMR: Thursday, April 5, 1860]
Am going to St. Charles to morrow had designed
to go to-day but the wind blew so I considered not to go. It seem to me I never saw so much high
wind as we have this spring.
At. St. Charles Friday eve
[JMR: Friday, April 6, 1860]
Rachel came with me as far as Burlingtonto visit her uncles. When we go there they were away from
home and would not be back till Sunday so I all most compelled her to come all the way with me.
Uncles are well and in good spirits and living first as pleasantly as ever. If I had as pleasant a
home and lived in comfortable circumstances I believe I could be very happy.
Monday eve Apr 9
[JMR: Monday, April 9, 1860]
I intended to go home to-day but it rained all day. Spent the day very pleasantly though. Rachel
has been so unwell since we left home and is getting worse that I begin
to be alarmed. Poor girl she is hardly able to sit up.
Wednesday eve at Norton's
[JMR: Wednesday, April 11, 1860]
Came home to day if you call it home to stop whenever I can get a chance to stay one night. We came
as far as Burlington yesterday but Rachel was so unwell and exhausted that we could come no further. This morning
came the rest of the way.
Saw some dead bodies taken up yesterday. Some of them had been buried
fourteen years and some seven. I could look on their blackened bones with but little of that
feeling of horror which many that were present expressed.
At Norton's Saturday morn 14
[JMR: Saturday, April 14, 1860]
Stayed at Mr. Goodsil's last night. Coming home this morning. I met Charley R. He seemed some what
frightened to be caught out there.
Sabbath eve. At Norton's
[JMR: Sunday, April 15, 1860]
Was at Marengo to church to-day. Met Gariet Underwood
They very unexpectly took dinner with him and went to the Baptist Church in the P.M. it was really
pleasing to see the bright glances sent to him from pretty maidens. Went to see Rachel after church.
[JMR: Monday, April 16, 1860]
Spent the evening at Mr. Williamson's very pleasantly occupied the most of the time in talking to
[JMR: Tuesday, April 17, 1860]
Went to Marengo this P.M.
to see what chance there was of getting Charley R's school. Had no luck. Saw Rachel. Her health is
Saturday eve Apr 21.
[JMR: Saturday, April 21, 1860]
Was at Mr. Williamson's for supper. Went there to see Charley come. He is going to Cincinnati
Monday and expected of course he would be there to say good bye to Maggie. I was to late. He was there already. He
must have gone some back way for
I sat by my window all afternoon where I could see every person that passed.
I had the pleasure of compelling him to go to a singing party against his inclinations.
Sabbath Eve 22
[JMR: Sunday, April 22, 1860]
Was going to stay at home to day but got so tired of doing nothing that I was glad to accept a
chance to ride to Java to meeting the P.M. Saw Isaiahl Babcock & bride. Didn't make we wish I was
married a bit. Very few of the Spiritualists came to meeting.
Tuesday Evening Apr 24
[JMR: Tuesday, April 24, 1860]
Went to Woodstoc yesterday and returned to-day. Stayed last night at Uncle Henry's and took dinner
today at Aunt Rebak's. Had the pleasure of a ride with Miss Claire Wiffin this evening.
[JMR: Saturday, April 28, 1860]
Went all around to do business today. Called at Hatties school. She is much pleased with her
situation. I think myself that it is the pleasantist school I ever saw.
At Coral Sabbath
[JMR: Sunday, April 29, 1860]
Came here to day on my way to Uncl Henry's. Went to see Rachel. Have been terribly afflicted with
the blues to-day. –feel sorry that I went to see her when I was so gloomy.
At Norton's Sabbath 6 May
[JMR: Sunday, May 6, 1860]
Came from ________ today. Went to Episcopal Church. Called on R.
Thursday Eve May 16
[JMR: Thursday, May 10, 1860]
Yesterday & to-day read 140 pages Blackstone –am all most through with him. Anxious to finish
and begin Kent.
Monday 14 Coral
[JMR: Monday, May 14, 1860]
Father and I have procurred some land to raise corn on and came here to-day to begin work. I expect
to live with aunt Rebecca the most of the summer.
[JMR: Tuesday, May 15, 1860]
Finished reading Blackstone today –at last as a text book. I will commence Kent and use Blackstone
Sunday Eve June 3
[JMR: Sunday, June 3, 1860]
I am this evening at Mr. Norton's and it is raining. I have not been to church today but have spent
the day writing to Mr. Underwood, reading law and newspapers and coming from Coral here. Have not seen my R. today
and feel rather lonely.
I am getting rather careless about my diary but the little book is so near filled up that it hardly
seems worthwhile to add any more to it.
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April 22, 1859 Commenced boarding up to May 15 made two weeks board
June 2 By board over Sabbath
July 6 do it two days
10 one day
17 one day
24 one day
30 one day
Aug 7 two days
21 one week sick
28 one week
one bottle ointment .25
12 lbs sugar 1.00
1 lb soda .12
Sept 4 one week
Settled up and
Due Curtis on
11 By four days
18 one week
25 one week
Oct 2 one week
9 one week
16 one week
29 one week
Nov 6 one week
19 one week
19 4 days
Sept Curtis Dr.
20 To Cash 3.00
To goods at
9 Shoes 1.50
19 Cash .31
25 Cash 10.00
Tin Basin 0.10
Nov 12 Cash 4.00
[Pages 82-97 were blank]
Will ________ record
Soap, Peas, Sugar
Deed J. Kleckner
A. F. Randolph
Recorded in Volume
24 of Deeds Pg 208
[JMR: the remainder of this page were number calculations]
Balliet Paid 0.10
Joseph McDonal 0.10
Cooper Paid 0.30 [0.20 struck]
S. Balliet Paid 0.90 [0.97 ½ struck]
H. Hine Paid 0.25
G.W. Barber Paid 0.50
A. Goodsill, G. Barber
I. H. Good
Joseph Potter paid
on Father's acct 25.00
Pas. Underwood .75
Tax on S ½ NE ¼ 3.20
State T ________ 1.87
2 weeks at Bainerd's
3 at Wilson's
98 24 51 14
59 14 8
39 10 59 14
To Father 6.00
Resting on my heart as gently
as summer on the dews of