Adeline Baker (1829-1855) was a resident of the Crooked Lane neighborhood in North Duxbury, very close to the Marshfield border. She was the daughter of Daniel and Zeruiah Baker. On January 6, 1853 she married William N. Jameson. Of the day she recorded “This day has been rather a hurrying time. Jameson came over this afternoon. Daniel and Edward came home tonight. Father and Mother, Daniel, his wife, Edward, Levi, Wallace and Amanda all went to Mrs. Alden’s to see me married.” Unfortunately, the young couple’s happiness did not last long, Jameson died in 1855 and Adeline died shortly after, in 1856, at the age of 27.
Her journal, which spans almost two years, is a wonderful glimpse into the day-to-day life of a young 19th century woman.
Duxbury, October 1852 – April 1854
October 29th 1852
A more beautiful morn than this could not be desired even by the most fastidious. And a great event has this day taken place in our own quiet county of Plymouth in our own sister town, Marshfield. And event which will not only be pondered upon in its minutest details by our whole Nation, but the World will hear of it.
This day, this twenty-ninth of October Eighteen Hundred & Fifty-two, the mortal remains of Daniel Webster have been committed to the silent tomb, there to remain till called to face those who have honored him, as highly (in their hearts) as man could honor him, and also those, who have reviled and endeavored to injure him. But his fame is beyond the reach of petty drivlers, and office seeking aspirants.
The concourse of people assembled at his late residence came to get a last look at that beloved countenance and pay the last sad rites to the late repository of that mighty-soul, now in Heaven, was almost indescribably immense.
Every field and pasture on the inland side of the mansion, far as the eye could discern, was literally filled with horses and vehicles of all descriptions. All mingled together. ‘Twas a day of universal leveling.
Sorrow was depicted upon all countenances and all seemed to feel that they had met with an irreparable loss, especially those of this vicinity, for they had met with a double loss; for while all, however remote might be their habitations mourned his loss to the country, his neighbors felt that besides this, they had lost a dear friend.
Daniel Webster died Oct 24th 1852 in the seventy-first year of his age.
At the funeral, I was happy to meet one of my old associates, S W Fairbanks, and spent the evening with her at the house of Dr. Paine’s.
This afternoon Sarah W. F. spent the afternoon with me. Had a pleasant time.
Stormy today, but have been to meeting this afternoon.
Went to Duxbury Village with brother Levi, called at Capt. Winsor’s. Also called at the Milliner’s and engaged a bonnet.
Mother and I have been to the village to get my Bonnet and I like it much. This afternoon have been at Mr. Simmon’s at work.
Today I received a note from Clara informing me of the death of her dear little babe who died in a consumption.
Stormy today and could not attend meeting.
Have been washing today. This evening have been down to Augusta Pratt’s with my dear little brother, Ned, and had a very agreeable visit. When carried home I found a letter from W N.
Have been working for Mrs. Dunham today and this evening have made a dickey for Edward.
Stormy today, but Father and Levi have gone away to work and Mother, Edward, and I are at home keeping house. This afternoon, I have been to see Grandfather and Mother, and found them pretty well. This evening, called to see Hannah C. Standish, and found her sick, but able to chat and had quite a social time. Went into her new house for the first time, and think she has a very neat looking house.
I have been cleaning a room today, taken up the carpet and we are preparing for the Masons to come here to plaster.
Today Mr. Barstow and son are here at work, plastering our kitchen and chamber and a nice job it is. I have at last finished Willie Dunkam’s pants and am now ready to commence working on Levi’s pants.
The masons have finished their work of plastering, and left some cleaning for us to do. And tonight Mother and I have been trying to clean floors, but it does not give us any credit. It still looks as if the floors had not been touched with a mop for weeks.
Have been to meeting today and stopped at the Sabbath School concert. Mr. Alden passed some remarks on our standing in the entry after services commencing and I think he did right in speaking of it. This evening Edward and I have been to Mr. Dorr’s and spent the evening had quite a sing. George Winsor buried today.
Washing today. This afternoon Augusta came to spend the afternoon with me, and we called to Mrs. Simmons, and Mrs. Boylston’s. Found Catharine some better. This evening John and Olive came and spent the evening. I enjoyed it very much. Went home with Augusta and staid all night.
Have been ironing today, and came hoe from Augusta’s this morning and been a work on Levi’s pants.
Today I went to the village with Edward, called at Augusta M. Winsor’s and saw Amanda. She told me she was coming home next Sabbath to stop a while. I called at Rev’d I Dunham’s and sewed some buttons to Willie’s clothes. Called at Mrs. Kennedy’s, saw S & A. I also called at Mr. Sprague’s and they were very anxious for me to go to work for them, finally I told them I would work for them three days after Thanksgiving Day. Sophronia spent the afternoon here and George Martin and George and Frank came and spent the evening. I received a letter today, heard that Rhoda Perkins was at Kingston also heard that Mercy Bates was married last Sabbath to David Morse and is going to South Dedham to live.
I came home from Augusta’s this morning, and this afternoon have been to work at Charity Fish’s and enjoyed myself very much.
This is Levi’s birthday. He’s seventeen yrs old today. I have finished a sack for George Baker, and he has been here tonight and carried it home.
I have been to meeting today, attended the S. School. Rev’d Mr. Keely of Kingston, preached. H K Keith, his wife and Rhoda came over this afternoon went to meeting and came here and took tea. Peleg and Almira called her this evening, and I went to the evening meeting with Almira. I went home with her and she presented me with a little glass plate.
Father and brothers have been butchering a pig today. And for that reason we did not wash.
We have been washing and baking today. And have been up to the store to get some plates for Mother. Levi has been to try to get his coat cut but the tailor could not attend to it.
Edward and I have been to Plymouth today. I called to see Clara and she went to Jameson’s store with me. We stopped there some time, then we left the store and started for home. We stopped at Kingston. Called at the store, and saw the girls in the shop then I called to see Vesta, also saw Rhoda Perkins who is going to North Bridgewater tomorrow and from there to Maine.
This is Thanksgiving day. Edward is at home this day and Jameson is here, came over from Plymouth. Mother has been baking today and I have been working about house doing odd jobs. Tonight I have been down to Grandfather’s, mother and Jameson went with me. I called at Augusta’s and left some ribbon that I got for her to Plymouth yesterday. I have called at Augusta Sherman’s tonight, saw Amanda. Tonight I think of going to stay with Aunt Polly. I have heard that Emily Bailey was married this morning. Also that Mary Doan was married.
Am at home today. Mother and I have been cleaning the chamber that we have had plastered. This evening have been to Aunt Polly’s.
I have been covering a coat collar this morning and have trimmed three bonnets today for the Lakin children. This evening Edward and I went up to Mr. Harlow’s and spent the evening. Gideon was at home from Boston. I called at Mrs. Boylston’s and left a square of patchwork for Catharine which I made for her.
Today I have been to meeting, and heard Mr. Wight preach. I think his discourse was very good. I went to Sabbath School. I have been down to Augusta Sherman’s tonight and Amanda came home with me.
Nov. 29th and 30th
I went to Mr. Dunham’s the 29th and stopped two days. From there I went to Mr. Jacob Sprague’s to work for them and stopped there the remainder of the week.
Mr. Sprague and Mary Frances came to fetch me home. I called at Capt. Albert W’s and found him a little better.
This afternoon have been to the store, also called at Mrs. Boylston’s to see Catharine, as she has been sick again. She was taken in a fit, about 9 o’clock, and remained in it until just past 12. This evening spent with Aunt Polly.
Was at the store this afternoon, went to Mrs. B’s and took dinner, found Catharine rather feeble. This afternoon Sarah Walker has been to see us, and Edward has gone home with her. I called into Mrs. Simmons, and Mrs. Gurdy’s today.
This morning I went up to the house and started all day. I went to Mrs. Boylston’s and took dinner. This evening Captain A. Baker, and his sister, Harriet David Brown and Eliza J Dorrs came here, and spent the evening.
I have made several calls this morning. Called at Mrs. Peterson’s, Mrs. Fish’s, and Mrs. Pratt’s, found Augusta making pies. I went upstairs to see her chamber, and put her drawers in order.
Augusta, Amanda, and Leysander were here and spent the afternoon.
I have been washing this afternoon, and have been in the store for Mrs. Boylston. This evening, Amanda, Edward, Levi, and I have been to writing school, kept by Jim Bacon, like his appearance very much.
Have been at the store again today, as Mrs. Boylston has gone to Boston, closed the store this evening, and went to the Anniversary with Amanda. Israel went to carry us down. From there I went up to stay with Mrs. Boylston and Catharine. They told me that Olive had been there early that evening. She came home last night.
Have been at the store today, and kept the store open this evening. Edward came up this evening and started with me, also George and Augusta came.
Stormy today, have been at home, and at work on George’s boat.
Have been at the store again today, Edward and Gideon called this afternoon.
Have been to meetings today, and stopped at the Sabbath school. Our teacher was not there, and we were obliged to go into Merellen’s class. Called into Mrs. Peterson’s this evening, but Laura had gone to meetings, so I did not go.
Have been washing today. George called this morning and left another coat for me to make. This evening I went to writing school, called at Augusta’s, and at the store as I went to school. Came home and sewed in a pair of sleeves to my coat, then went down to Sarah Anne’s.
Finished George’s coat today, and this evening went down to Sarah Anne’s and worked for her. When I came home, Mother told me that Charity had been here.
This morning I called at Fish’s also at Mrs. Pratt’s. Mrs. Pratt was obliged to have her thumb opened again. This afternoon I have been at work for Sarah Anne. And this evening have been to writing school. Received a note from Mrs. Kennedy today, with some money enclosed in it, my wages. It is Susan Larkin’s birthday, she is six years old. Resolved that I will speak evil of no one.
At home today, spent the evening at Augusta’s.
Have been at work on Edward’s shirt today and finished it. This evening Edward and I have been to Mrs. Gurdy’s to spend the evening.
Levi and I have been to Plymouth today. I purchased a silk dress, also a cloak, and some other small articles. We stopped at Kingston. I called at Doc Miller’s office. He filled two teeth for me. I also called at Mrs. Keith’s and at Dea-Drew’s. Called at the shop, saw Lucy, Sarah, H.B. Captain Alvin Baker spent the evening here this evening.
Stormy this morning, but fine this afternoon. Did not attend meeting this morning, but went this afternoon in season for the Sabbath school.
Have been washing today. This afternoon I have been making calls. I called at Mrs. Petersons, and Mrs. Pratt’s. Found George sick with a sore hand. This evening I have been to writing school. Called at Augusta’s to see if Amanda had come home, but did not find her at home. I went to Mrs. Gurdy’s and engaged her to cut a Cloak for me tomorrow.
It is stormy today and I have been at home all day. We heard today, or this evening that Daniel had arrived at Marshfield.
Have been at work on a coat today. This afternoon I sent up to Mrs. Gurdys by mother to get my cloak, and she sent it to me. This evening I have been to writing school and called into the store and to Mrs. Simmons come home and found Mrs. Weston and Nathaniel here. Went into Mrs. Dorr’s as we came from school, and had a little sing.
This morning Edward has gone to Boston. I called down to see Amanda, as she is sick with a cold. This afternoon I have been up to see Olive, but did not find her at home. She was at the store, did not get home till about 4 o’clock. We went to writing school from there. Olive gave me a very pretty pair of salt cellars today and I came home from there.
Augusta Sherman has been in this morning. She thinks Amanda is better. This afternoon I have been down to see Amanda, also called to see Sarah Anne. Edward came home from Boston tonight.
January 1st, 1853
Stormy today: mother and I have been baking today. John Baker called here this morning. Daniel came home while he was here. I had a very pretty new years present from him, a candlestick. Hannah C. Weston is twenty five years old today. Mr. Bacon came here and spent the evening. We passed a very pleasant evening.
Have been to meetings all day. This afternoon Jameson came over, and this evening we stood up with Daniel and Joanna A. They were married tonight, at the South Church. After the marriage, we went to Mrs. Hatch’s and took tea, and passed a very pleasant evening. William Sherman was at Mrs. Hatch’s.
Have been washing Daniel’s clothes and did not finish them till nearly 4 o’clock. This evening I went to writing school, called for Amanda to go. We rode up as her health was delicate.
I have been working on Edward’s vest all day and it has been a stormy day. I received a daguerreotype from dear Neely today, and think it is a first rate likeness. I pray it very highly. I also received a letter from him.
I finished Edward’s vest today and have been pretty busily engaged preparing these clothes.
This day has been rather a hurrying time. Jameson came over this afternoon. Daniel and Edward came home tonight. Father and Mother, Daniel, his wife, Edward, Levi, Wallec and Amanda all went to Mrs. Alden’s to see me married. Edward and Amanda stood up with me. Also Daniel and Amanda stood up. We passed with a social evening. Mrs. Weston and Deborah were present that evening.
Mother and I finished Edward’s shirt to send off by express today. This evening I have been to writing school and to watching with Rebecca Bradford.
Daniel and Edward sailed today. Came home from Mrs. Bradford’s and took a short nap, arose and Mother went to Grandmother’s to spend the day. This afternoon have trimmed a bonnet for Mrs. Whiting and hemmed a handkerchief for Jameson. George and Augusta called this evening.
Have been to meetings today. Went to Sabbath school, Mother drove home the horse alone, and went back in the afternoon alone, as Levi went to Sabbath school.
Have been washing today, and a very pleasant day for it. Went to Mrs. Gurdy’s to get my lining, and met Mrs. Boylston coming to make a call at our house. This evening went to writing school, after that I stopped all night with Amanda.
Have been to the store today, and went into Mrs. Gurdy’s to try on my dress, then came home, and went into Aunt Polly’s.
Went to the store today, and came home and found Andrew and Henry at our house. Went to writing school tonight and stopped with Amanda all night.
Very stormy this morning. I came home from Amanda’s this morning and found it rather stormy.
It is very stormy today. I have been at work on my Cloak today, have got it almost finished.
This morning I went to Mrs. Gurdy’s to try on my dress, and am very much pleased with the feel of it. From there I went into the store and stayed the afternoon, for Mrs. Boylston to dig snow, went to Mrs. B’s and took dinner. Mrs. Boylston brought me as far as Amanda’s. I called there and at Sarah Anne’s a few moments, then came home, and finished my cloak.
Jameson came over from Plymouth this morning but the passing was so bad that we did not attend Church. Hezekiah called here this afternoon. We went to Aunt Polly’s this evening.
Very cold this morning, and we did not wash. Jameson and Hezekiah left here this afternoon for Plymouth. This evening I called to see Sarah Anne and found her sick. Also called at Amanda’s and met with Martha Delano there. Mr. Durham called today for me to go there to work.
Washing today, and I am at work on Levi’s vest trying to finish it today and have succeeded.
Commenced working on mother’s hood, but did not work long before Mr. Durham came for me to work for them and had a first rate time while there.
I Am at Mrs. Durham’s yet. Called at Augusta’s also saw Lydia Swift, she went as far as Augusta’s with me.
Called at Mrs. Sprague’s, and Mr. Kennedy’s. I saw Isaac Keith there and Frances’ beans. I spent the night with Lydia and Abby.
Still at Mr. D’s. Finished my work this afternoon and came home. When I arrived home found that Levi had gone to Plymouth on a sleigh ride.
It is quite a hard storm today, I suppose the rain will consume the snow, before long. I cannot attend meeting today, on account of the storm. Have been writing a letter to my friend Sarah Farbanks.
Father and Levi have been butchering today. I have been making a hood for mother, finished it, and sewed a puff together. Called at Augusta’s and Sarah A’s this evening. Olive called, expects to leave Duxbury tomorrow, for Bridgewater Normal School. Mr. Boylston called for me to go and make a cloak for his wife, this week.
Washing today. Mrs. Boylston Sophroma and Helen called here today. I have been writing to Daniel and Edward.
Went to Mrs. Boylston’s this afternoon and to Mrs. Harriet Paine’s this evening to a sing, and had a very social time.
Went to Mrs. Boylston’s this morning and stayed all night and went to writing school from there. This is my birthday, I am 24 years.
At Mrs. Boylston’s this forenoon. Augusta and I stayed together last night, and had a social chat. I finished the cloak, and came home this afternoon, and have been ironing.
Have been baking today, and this afternoon sent mother out making calls. This evening went to George Boylston’s to a sing and enjoyed it much.
Have been to meeting today, all day. Will came over this morning. We went in to Aunt Polly’s and to Augusta’s this evening.
Have been washing today. This evening J and I have been to Mrs. Sally Simmon’s to a sing, and had a very pleasant time.
I continued working on a vest this morning for George Boylston. This afternoon I have been up to the store and Almira came to see me, and came up to the store and stopped till I came home. Poll came in the evening. I saw Briggs Cushman in the store. He expects to sail soon. I went to Mrs. Gurdy’s and had a dress lining fitted.
I have been twilling a puff today. This afternoon mother has been up to Mrs. Boylston’s on a visit. This evening I have been to Briggs Paine’s to a party, and enjoyed it very much.
At home today and working on a vest for George Boylston.
Finished the vest, and mother and I have been baking today. Went to Augusta’s this evening, and met with Mr. Bacon there but then came home tonight and brought a rocking horse for little Sand, says Sandy “I shall give up I know.”
I have been to work at Mason Simmon’s today, and this evening have been to a party. Amanda came home with me and stopped all night.
Have been to meeting all day today. Came home and continued writing a letter to Daniel and Edward.
At home. This morning Almira, Thomas, and I took a walk to Ezra Wright’s, and spent the day. This evening went to Augusta’s to a sing, enjoyed it very much.
Spent the evening at Doc Paine’s, passed a very pleasant evening.
Have been to the store today, and this evening went to Mrs. Bradford’s to watching.
Called at Briggs Paine’s this morning, and this afternoon, Jameson came over for me to go to North Bridgewater. I started this afternoon, and arrived safely. Called at Mr. Keith’s on the Plaine, also several other calls, while absent. Enjoyed my visit very much.
Came home from N. Bridgewater today, stopped at Kingston as I came home. Called at Mrs. Keith’s, Mrs. Bonney’s, Mrs. Brewster’s, Mrs. Bate’s, and Lucy’s. Was very happy to see my friend Lucy again.
Have been washing today. This afternoon called to Sarah Anne’s and Augusta’s, met with Betsey Cushman there for a dress making.
Have been at home today. It is a rainy day and Father and Levi have been making a stand for me. I have been finishing my bedstick, and mother and I have been fitting the bed.
It is two years today since dear Aunt Nancy died. I have been up to Mr. Harlen’s and Mr. Boylston’s this forenoon, and when I came home found Daniel Wright’s wife and boy at our house. I enjoyed this visit very much indeed. Daniel came and took tea with us.
This morning I went up to Mr. Boylston’s and stayed at the store for him to go to Plymouth. This evening, I have been to Aunt Polly’s and have been sewing on a puff.
Baking today and a cold day it is. This forenoon, Mr. B sent for me to go to the store. I went and stayed all day and evening. Tonight Amanda came up and spent the night.
Have been to meeting today, and this evening I met with Hetty, there this evening. Foster spoke this evening, and spoke well. I think they had a very interesting meeting.
This morning Levi and I went to Plymouth and as we were going into Kingston the transient bolt broke, and let us down, no to the ground, as the step prevented it. I made some purchases at the store, then called to see Clara, and took dinner. This evening a remarkable event happened. Levi stayed at home this whole evening!
Today I commenced sewing my bed quilt together. Mrs. Mason had a daughter born. Levi stayed at home this evening and we played.
This morning we rinsed our clothes and put them out. This afternoon went down to Augusta’s and Sarah Anne’s. This evening Joanna and Amanda came here from Mrs. Bessey’s. This morning I called at Aunt Sarah’s and at Doc Baine’s.
Have been ironing this morning, and this afternoon Mother and Joanna and myself, went to Grandmothers and spent the afternoon. I called to see Sally Simmons this evening.
This day the President Franklin Pierce takes his chair.
I have finished sewing my patchwork today, ready for quilting. This afternoon Mrs. Boylston came and spent the afternoon, and I went and carried her babe for her when he went home. When we came back we found Abigail at our house. We made some calls in the evening. Last evening received a letter from California, from Addy Bates, and he was well, also Daniel Bates was well.
Have been baking today. It is stormy today. Abigail and Joanna are here today, they were intending to go to Ezra Smith’s, to spend the day and I was going with them, but it stormed and we could not go. So I had a pleasant visit from them.
It is a pleasant day and W.N. came over this morning. He took Abigail, Joanna, and myself into the sleigh, and we went to meeting. W. Sherman took the girls and carried them home from meeting at night. I saw Marcus and Elizabeth Ames at Church. I also heard of the death of Mrs. Alger, Mrs. Simmons’ mother. We also heard of the arrival of Daniel’s vessel, at Genoa, Feb 11th. How I should like to see them, D and Eddy.
It is a beautiful morning and we are going to washing as usual. We finished washing and I took a sleigh ride to Susan Bradford’s. I enjoyed myself first rate. This morning I went with the girls (also Jerome Chandler and G Bailey) to Mr. D Glass’s to a clam chowder, and enjoyed it much.
This morning, called at Gershom B’s and this afternoon, Lydia and I started for Kingston. It was rather bad walking. Harry Weston overtook us with a farm wagon, and gave us a ride part of the way. I went to the store with Lydia, then came back to Mrs. Bonney’s.
I am at Mrs. Bonney’s today. Last evening, Mrs. B, Mrs. Foster, and I spent the evening at Captain Brewster’s. Found Louisa at home. W. N. Jameson came and spent the night at Mrs. Bonney’s, tonight.
This morning I went down to Mrs. Ames’s and spent the day. This evening Lucy came along, and I went down to the store then came back, to Mrs. Ames’s, Sarah called a few moments. Then Mrs. A and I called at Nathan’s to see Sally’s boy, also called At Dear Drew’s, found him a little more comfortable. When Lucy came home from the meeting she called for me and, I went home with her and spent the night. She and Betty Cushman have been to Plymouth, to have there daguerreotype taken but could not have them on account of the atmosphere.
Levi came for me this morning, and I came home. He has been unfortunate and cut his knee, since I left home. They have also had a letter from Daniel since I went away. He and Edward were well. This afternoon I called at Mrs. Weston’s and at the store, to see Augusta Pratt.
Mother and I and Levi have been baking this forenoon, and this afternoon Mother has been up to Augusta’s to spend the afternoon, as Miss Judith Weston is there. Levi and I kept the house. I covered my stand this afternoon.
Have been to meeting today. Mother and I rode with Mr. Simmons, and Lucy. I went to the Sabbath School, and received a book from my teacher, Mrs. Waterman. This evening I have been to meeting, had a very interesting meeting.
Washed this morning, then went to the store and stopped the remainder of the day. We received a letter from dear Ned, tonight.
Have been to the store for the day. I have finished reading the ‘Capture of Patagonia’ a very interesting book.
I have been at the store today for Mrs. B to go to Boston. Came home and called at Sarah Anne’s and Augusta’s.
This morning I went to the store to do some errands for Mother. This afternoon, Amanda and I have been to the village, I had a very pleasant ride. I called at Augusta’s, Mr. Durham’s, Mr. Kennedy’s, and Mr. Sprague’s. When I came home I found Mr. Dorr at our home, spending the afternoon.
Have been at the store doing errands for mother. Levi is laid up, and I have taken his place trading for Mother.
Stayed at the store this forenoon. Heard that Olive came home last night to stop till Monday. This afternoon Mrs. Sprague , Nancy Baker, and Roena Hall spent the afternoon, and a part of the evening. W.N. Jameson came over this evening.
Attended meeting today. Calvin Dannan and his wife were at meeting. I was very happy to see Jerusha. Have not seen her before since her sickness. Jameson, Amanda, and I have been to meeting this evening, at the Orthodox.
Washed this forenoon, and this afternoon went to High Street to see Hannah Standish, and called at Frank Sprague’s Store.
Have been chatting with Hannah all day and have had a first rate visit. Levi came home for me tonight, and I came home.
At home this forenoon, and this afternoon I spent the afternoon at Mrs. Dorr’s. I heard that Captain Albert Winsor died this morning.
This morning I started for George Martin’s and spent the day, and this evening Sophronia and I went to the Lecture. The anniversary of the Olive Leaf Society, and from there I went to spend the night with Sarah Walker.
Came home from Sarah’s, and went to the store for Mrs. Boylston, to go to Plymouth. This evening I went to the teacher’s meeting and had a very interesting meeting.
This afternoon, Levi and I have been to the funeral of Captain Winsor. He was buried at the Unitarian graveyard. There was a prayer at the House, and services at the Episcopal Methodist Church. Reverend Mr. Durham made some remarks, he spoke well.
Have been to meeting today.
Have been washing this forenoon. Jameson went to Plymouth this morning. This afternoon, I have been to see Susan Simmons and spent a very pleasant afternoon indeed.
This morning a remarkable event occurred. Father at last consulted to go and have his daguerreotype taken, and I am much pleasant with it. I think it is a good one. This afternoon, mother and I have been visiting to Mrs. Unice Baker’s. We spent a very pleasant afternoon, but was sorry Mrs. Baker was not at home. This evening I made two calls.
This morning is not very pleasant. We have been baking, and this afternoon I made a few calls. This evening Mrs. Withrell and Mrs. Boylston came here and we spent a very pleasant evening indeed.
This morning I commenced cleaning my chamber, and before I got through we had company. Cousin Persis and Soviah passed a very pleasant day. At night we called at the store, then they stopped at Sarah Anne’s. I went to watching tonight with Mrs. R Bradford.
It is a rainy day and I have been putting the carpet down in my chamber. Called at Captain Finch’s, also at Charity’s.
This morning Patty came for me, to go to stay at the store, for Mr. Boylston to go to the Cape. He and his wife started this morning and had a pleasant day. I stopped at the store till about 8 o’clock, then George came up to stay the remainder of the evening. I received a letter from dear Nedy tonight, and was glad to hear from him. I went to Mr. Boylston’s to stay all night with Sarah Sprague. I called into Augusta’s tonight. She told me a part of a story about Lakin. He came into her house and did not appear very pretty, did not appear much like a Custom House Officer, nor like a Gin Pedlar I should think, from the manner that he expressed himself.
I have been to meeting all day, and at the Sabbath School, at noon. Reverend Mr. Wilson, from East Bridgewater, preached today. Father went this forenoon, also Mother, Levi, and myself, and locked up the House, quite remarkable.
Today I have been at the store again, and stayed with Sarah at night.
At the store again today. Tonight it has been quite a hard Tempest. Fletcher Webster’s House was struck with lightning. It tore the chimney to pieces some I heard, and stunned the people in the house.
At the store again today. I saw Olive ride past the Store today, going home from school, at Bridgewater. Heard of the death of Lucia Packard, today.
Mr. Boylston came home this evening. I went up and spent the night with Sarah.
This morning I came home, from Mr. B’s. It is Fast day. Mr. Adams and family are down. Maria and Lundy came up here this morning. I went to meeting this forenoon. There was not any meeting this afternoon on account of the funeral of Luther Rogers at North Marshfield. I am now going to stay with Sarah all night, as her folks have gone to Milton on a visit.
This morning I came home from Aunt Sarah’s. I found Mr. Adams here. He and his wife called this morning also did Maria. This afternoon we have been to the funeral of Lucia Packard. There was a prayer at the house and services at the Church. There was quite a large collection of people. The Sabbath School was requested to fall in the procession, and follow to the grave. She was very much emaciated. I found a resolution, while at the funeral that I would try to live a different life and hope that it will be lasting.
This forenoon we baked, and this afternoon Mother and I went to Achsah Sprague’s and spent the afternoon. Found Mrs. Baker there, also Mrs. Stevens and her mother were there. I passed a very pleasant afternoon, came home and found Mary and Olive here. They came in the afternoon, but as we were not at home, they went to Mrs. Pratt’s. They spent the evening here. Eliza Dorr came and stopped in a short time.
This morning W.N. came over and we went to call George and Augusta, to go to the Baptist Church at Marshfield. Heard Mr. Tucker preach. In the afternoon went to the Orthodox, heard Mr. Wright preach. This evening Mr. Boylston called here and wished for me to go to the store for him to go to Boston.
Went to the store this morning, stayed all day.
April 12th, 13th, & 14th
I have been to Mrs. Gurdy’s at work .
12th– I was at home washing and in the afternoon we went to Dr. Paine’s on a visit. I went to call Aunt Sarah, and she went with me. We passed a very pleasant afternoon, but had to come home in a rain storm.
April 13th, 14th, & 15th
At Mrs. Gurdy’s.
15th– This afternoon went to Mrs. Harlow’s with mother on a visit, enjoyed myself much. Found Jilia Harlow, Eliza Sampson, and Eliza Jane there visiting.
Have been at the store today. Came home and did some cleaning, in a chamber. Called at Augusta’s tonight.
Stormy today, did not attend meeting.
Washed today. This afternoon went to see Augusta Pratt, and enjoyed my visit much. This evening Olive called to see me.
This morning I went to the store, and this afternoon, Sarah Walker and Maria Farrington came and spent the afternoon, passed a very pleasant afternoon.
Have been about, several pieces of work today. Finished binding my auburn quilt.
This forenoon I commenced cleaning the buttery. This afternoon, Mother, Aunt Polly, Mrs. Pratt, and I went to Briggs Paine’s to spend the afternoon. I called at Mrs. Fiesh’s as I came home.
Today Mother and I have been to Mrs. Hatch’s. We came home in the rain at night. We had a fine visit. I came home with a borrowed bonnet.
Baked today, then I went to Mrs. Simmon’s and called at the store as I came home. I received a very pretty present from Mrs. Boylston, of a pair of covered glass dishes. I trimmed a Bonnet, and fixed a coat today. Tonight W.N. came over from Plymouth.
I have been to meeting today as usual. Jameson was not very well, and did not go today (this forenoon). We had a new Super intendent, Dea Ames. I enjoy going to Sabbath school very much. Wallace promised me today that he would go to the next school.
Today we have been washing, but as it was stormy, we could not put out our clothes. This afternoon I have been braiding a mat.
This morning I put the clothes out. W.N. left here this morning, for Plymouth. This afternoon I called at Mr. Boylston’s house, from there I called at the store. Mr. B wished me to stay in the store Thursday. I told him I would try to go. Today, I called at Augusta’s and Sarah Ann’s. Saw Augusta’s patchwork, while I was there Sally Simmons and Celia Delano called.
This morning I went after Grandmother to make a visit. We have been ironing. Miss Brewster called here today. This afternoon Aunt Polly and I have been up on the – – hill where aunt Nancy was buried. I carried some Cypress and set out near Aunt’s grave. As I came home I called at the store.
Today I have been to the store for Mr. B to go to South Bridgewater. The young folks have been mazing this afternoon, they are preparing for their May party.
We have been cleaning the house this afternoon. This afternoon I have been to the store and called up to the house to see little Clarence. Yesterday Mother and Levi carried Grandmother home from here. They found Aunt Sarah rather swirly again and no one knows what. If I ever should become a Christian (which I pray that I may; for I have thought much about it for some time past) I hope that I shall have strength given me to treat old people respectfully, for I think it is a great sin and shame for any one to treat them in any other manner. This evening I went down to the Hall, to hear the young folks, declaim at their May party. I should think they enjoyed it very much. Little Eugene Paine spoke one piece, and sung out. He did first rate.
We are baking today. Sarah Anne has been up here this morning. I had been helping Aunt Polly take up her carpet, and this afternoon I made a few calls. Levi had a May basket hung tonight. It was a Pocket Bible.
It is a pleasant Sabbath morning. I have been to meeting all day. I came home at noon, and Mother and I rode down this afternoon, and this evening. I attended meeting. Abby Paine and I rode home with Mr. Boylston tonight.
This morning we washed. This afternoon I rode down with father in the farm wagon. I went to Uncle Levi’s. At night Mary and I walked down on to the Beach.
We took a little sail up the river with Henry. I enjoyed my visit very much. Tonight I came home. Mary brought me the most of the way. I called at Uncle Ephraim’s as I came home.
I have been cleaning closets today and called at the store. Also called at Mrs. Bradford’s to tell them I would watch tonight. I saw George’s wife there. Since I came home we have made some curtains. George Martin called here today. After tea I called to see Deborah Winsor, had a very pleasant call. From there I came home and went to watching with Mrs. Bradford, found her about as she was when I was there before. She is in a strange state, and to be pitied, also her friends, I should think they would be beat out and discouraged.
I think while watching with her how necessary it is to have Religion to bear us up in time of sickness. I hope I shall still keep the resolution, which I formed some time ago, I am determined to now, and hope to have assistance.
Came home this morning from Mrs. B’s. Went to help Sarah Anne quilt this forenoon, and this afternoon have been washing windows.
This is the anniversary of Aunt Polly’s birthday, 64 years old today. Mother and I have been quilting a quilt for dear Nedy, as it is not time for him to come.
Have been to the store today and this evening. William Weston came home tonight. Daniel came as far as Marshfield tonight and I went to see him.
W. Jameson came over this morning. We went to Church. Saw Daniel, he came home at noon, also at night. His wife also came. Mr. Durham preached and we had a very interesting discourse.
Today we have been washing Eddy’s clothes and had quite a large washing. I called at the store, and at Mrs. Weston’s, also at Mrs. Boylston’s.
This morning we have been ironing. I finished at about 3 o’clock this afternoon. Tonight Edward came home from Boston, and happy we were to see his little Phiz. This evening Eliza Jane called to see us.
We finished Eddy’s things this forenoon. This afternoon, I went to Kingston to carry Edward to the Depot, as he was going out to Boston. As we were about starting the transit bolt broke and we were obliged to take Mr. Dorr’s Buuggy to go. Had a very pleasant ride over there but wished I could have had him to come home with me.
I commenced a Tidy today. I called at Augusta’s and found Wallace sick a bed. I called at Sarah Ann’s. She has got her quilt out. This afternoon Mother and aunt Polly have gone to Mrs. Pratt’s, and I have just come home, have been up on the hill with a spy glass to see if I would see the Bark that my brothers are in. I thought that I saw it but might be mistaken.
This day I have been at the store for Mr. Boylston to go to Boston. He came home tonight, and said he saw Daniel and Eddy. They did not sail yesterday, but were to sail today. He told me that Naty, had gone or was going with them.
Baking this morning. This afternoon I have been dropping corn in father’s field. Mrs. Winsor came here this afternoon, at four o’clock quite gentle. This evening I called at Augusta’s. They have bought a new horse, and had there Buggy painted. I was brought home tonight. Augusta says that Henry Cushman has arrived home from California, also Dura Wadsworth. I believe they came yesterday.
Have been to meeting today and to Sabbath School. We have some new Library books today. They received over ten dollars for Mother has been down to see Grandfather and Grandmother, found them about as they have been.
We have been washing this forenoon. This afternoon, I have been making a call to Augusta Pratt’s, saw her new Chambers, think they look very neat indeed.
I called at Charity’s and while I was there we saw a smoke, which proved to be the woods on fire again, and a dry windy day it is. It is supposed to have commenced beyond Charles Church’s. This evening it has been quite a hard tempest. Aunt Polly came over and stopped all night.
Today I finished cleaning the house for mother. This afternoon mother, Levi, and I rode out down to Marshfield. We called at Mr. Alden’s but did not find him at home. Mrs. Alden was at home. We had a very pleasant call. From there we called at Aunt Sarah’s. She presented me with a squash, which is quite a rarity at this time of season of the year. I called at Augusta’s and found Sally Simmons and Green Paine’s wife there visiting.
This morning I called at Mr. Dorr’s. Sarah Ann came up here a short time. Lakin has got his office, and I suppose they are thinking of moving to the village.
This afternoon Eliza Jane came here to make a visit. This evening Laura Peterson came in, wishing me to trim a Bonnet for her. I trimmed it. W.J. came tonight for me to go to Plymouth.
Stormy today, and I did not go to Plymouth. Finished Laura’s Bonnet.
This morning we started bug and Carriage for Plymouth. Stopped at H.K. Keith’s to get some furniture, also stopped to dinner. In the afternoon came to Plymouth, went down in the garden, while there, heard some one called Adeline, I looked, and behold found Clara was there.
Levi and Aunt Polly came over today. Aunt has been making a carpet for me. This evening Mrs. Bates and Mary called.
Attended church today, at the Baptist Church.
Have been washing today. Tonight there was a fire at Campbells, quite a destructive fire burning several buildings.
Have been ironing today, and making a Carpet. Mr. Strong came to assist in nailing it down in the Chamber.
Today Aunt and myself have been making the parlour carpet, finished sewing it.
Stormy today, Mr. Strong and W.N. have been nailing it down the carpet. Augusta and Sally Simmons came over here, it rained quite hard and they did not stop long.
This forenoon we have been making some muslin curtains, for a chamber. This afternoon, Aunt Polly has gone to Mr. Bates’. I called there a few minutes. Levi came over today. I have been trimming my bonnet. This afternoon Charity called to see me.
Today Levi went home from here, and this morning we have been out to the store. This afternoon C Fish called here.
We have been to meeting today. Tonight I have been in the parlour, looking out at the people passing by.
Have been washing today. Have been alone all day, as J has been to Boston to get some furniture. This evening Dr. Miller called here, and spent the evening.
Have been ironing today.
Had some of the furniture come today. This afternoon I have been to have my – – taken, and since then I have been to Mr. Bates’. Mrs. B and Mary have gone to Duxbury on a visit. Sarah Marsden and her sister Mrs. Delano called here.
This morning Dea’ Boylston called to tell me that Mrs. B and Augusta were in town, and they called to see me this afternoon. This evening Aunt Polly came.
Aunt Polly is here today. This afternoon I went to the store and got some things. I brought a piece of goods for Aunt Polly to look at, and she concluded to take a dress from the piece.
This forenoon I have been baking some. Warren Simmons called here this morning. This afternoon Clara and Herbert came here.
This is a lovely morning, and we are about starting for home (to my home in Duxbury) Aunt Polly is going. When we arrived home about eleven o’clock I found the trees all leaved out beautifully and everything looked pleasant. Tonight we called down to see Grandmother.
This morning I went down for Grandmother to come to our house, as me and Mother are going to carry her to Kingston to her brother Stephen’s. They have been to her brother’s, also to Allen Holmes’s, and Mr. Mitchell’s. The House that Allen Holmes lives in is the one that Grandmother was born in, and built by her Grandmother. And she was 83 years old last January. They had a very pleasant visit, and I think Grandmother enjoyed it very much. Father went to carry her home when they got back (after taking nap, and some tea.) He said before he had taken out two bars she had got out of the carriage alone. She is a smart old lady.
There has been a large fire, on towards Wareham in the woods. There was a large column of smoke arising from it. Luther has bought Lakin’s place. He has been to Boston and back again today.
This morning we came over to Plymouth, called at H.K. Keith’s store and purchased some things. This afternoon had a caller, a lady, Miss Sherman. Tonight I called at Mr. Bates’ and Clara went to the store with me. I met with George Leavey there and was pleased to see him.
Today have been washing. This afternoon called at Mr. Bates’. George Leavey called here. Also Julia and Louisa called from Kingston.
Have been ironing today. Mr. Wilson called here and left a table for William.
Clara and I have been to pick gooseberries this afternoon. Mrs. Freeman and Miss Drew called here tonight, also Mr. Harvey and his wife called. Clara came in tonight while we were making a fire board.
Brother Levi came over today, and I went to the store with him. We have been putting down a stair carpet today.
Have been to meeting today as usual. This afternoon W. did not feel well, and I went to Church alone. this evening, Miss Walcut, and Miss Weston also Mr. Strong called here, passed a very social time.
Have been washing today. This afternoon I called to see Clara. I saw a deaf and dumb person there sewing on pants.
Have been washing this forenoon, and this afternoon have been working on a vest. This evening Mr. Howard came here and we had some strawberries and cream.
This morning I completed W.’s vest, and commenced a coat for Keith. Mother and Augusta came over to spend the day, and I had a nice visit from them. We went to the store twice. Augusta bought a bonnet and had it trimmed, and mother bought some ribbon for her bonnet and I trimmed it for her while she was here. Dr. Hunt and Lady called here this evening.
Have been working on a coat. This afternoon Mr. Wilson called here and took tea with us.
Adeline Morton called to see me this morning, and I was very happy to see her.
Finished a coat this forenoon. This morning H.K. Keith’s wife and children called here. This afternoon I cut some asparagus, and carried to Clara. She came over here and we went down to the store and got a pair of mitts.
We have been to Church today. After tea we took a walk on to the burying hill after we came home we had some callers. Mr. and Mrs. Denisons and their daughter. There has been a funeral today of a young man that died very suddenly. The cause of his death was bleeding. He went to the fire, and they thought that the heat his blood exerting himself too much.
This morning have been to meeting. Alady fainted and they carried her out.
Have been washing today. Bradford Ames and his wife, and Benjamin Ames’ wife called here today, had a very pleasant call from them.
Ironing today. This evening I went down to the store, met with Mr. C, Faunce William, Miss Walcut, and Miss Weston and myself went to Ballard’s Saloon to get some ice cream, it was nice. It has been exceeding warm today.
It is cooler today. We took a ride down to Chiltonville. Called at Adeline Morton’s and Sarah Morton’s also. This evening I went to prayer meeting. Had an introduction to several ladies.
June 23rd & 24th
Called at Clara’s, also called at Mrs. Freeman’s, and at the store. Today instead of Wednesday went to Chiltonville. Finished my vest and carried it down to the store.
Have been cleaning floors some today.
This morning was awoke up by an alarm of fire. The bells sung and they went with the Engine, but soon extinguished it. It caught in the Garret from a box of ashes.
We started for home soon after breakfast. This afternoon we attended meeting. Reverend Mr. Batell preached, I like him very much.
This morning Mrs. Gurdy fitted a lining for me, and as it is stormy today and W. is not very well we do not return to Plymouth.
This is a very fine morning and we shall start for Plymouth. We stopped at Kingston as we came back. After I came here I washed. Clara called here this afternoon, and I went over there after tea, and she came home with me and spent the evening. W. brought me a vase tonight.
I have been ironing today, and the Coarders came, Mr. Howard and Mr. Strong. This evening attended meeting, think it was an interesting meeting.
Clara and Susan Hoyt called to see me today. I had a very pleasant call from them. This evening I called on Miss Lydia Sherman. She went to the store with me, I stayed in the Milliner’s shop a while and met with George Leavey and his wife there.
This afternoon Mrs. Hubbard and another lady called to see me, also Mr. Leavey and his wife called this evening.
Have been cooking some and this afternoon have been hemming a new handkerchief. One for W and one for Mr. Howard.
Have been to meeting today, and this evening, Miss Walcut and Miss Weston called here a short time.
This has been a lonesome day to me. I have felt about homesick all day. We were expecting to go to Ponds, but were disappointed. I walked out near the House of Correction tonight, and came home by Clara’s and called there a short time.
Have been washing today, and in the middle of washing, Daniel Wright and folks called here, was very happy to see them. This evening I went to Clara’s and she called with me at Reverend Mr. Harvey’s, did not find Mr. and Mrs. Harvey at home.
Have been ironing some today. This evening Clara and I called on Mrs. Hubbard. After I came home Adaline Morton and Sarah came here, said they had been here twice before. They stopped all night.
This morning A, S, and myself went to Kingston in the cars. I came home this afternoon, and the girls stopped over there. Mr. Miller came here this evening. I could not find an entrance into the House, so Benjamin got into the window and let me in.
Mr. and Mrs. Lakin and Mr. Freeman came here and took dinner today. This afternoon I went to the store, while there I met with Adaline and Sarah and we called out to see Mrs. Leavey. Sarah came home with me and stopped all night.
This morning Levi and Wallace came over and spent the day. Sarah Morton stayed till late tonight, then went home. A, Morton, and Miss Thomas called here this afternoon. I went to the store, and met with Lucy Morton. It rained and thundered, and I stayed at the store all the evening.
Have been to meeting all day, and this evening went to Sabbath School’s concert.
I have been washing today. Clara called here this evening, and I went to the store with her.
Have been ironing all day. Clara and Mary have been here. Mary spent the evening with me as I was alone.
Augusta Winsor and Amanda took dinner with me today. Sophia Weston called here this afternoon.
Finished my drapery and put it on the Bedstead. Called on Mrs. Demins from there went to the store, and Sophia W. came home with me for company.
Miss Leavey, Miss Sherman, and Miss Weston called to see me today. This evening I called at Mrs. Bates’.
Mr. and Mrs. Dorr called to see me this morning. Soon after they left, Mr. Horton and his wife, John and Sarah Farrington came here, stopped till after dinner. They told me of the death or Sarah Kent. It was very sudden to me, as I did not know that she was sick. Tonight we started for home to Duxbury. It commenced raining before we reached home. Found Clara and Herbert at aunt Polly’s.
Went to Church this morning, stopped at Sabbath School, then came home by Grandmother’s to see her, saw the folks from Mother. Have had a first rate visit at home, as usual. We came to Plymouth tonight through High Street to see poor Hannah Standish who is most gone in a consumption I suppose. She looks very bad indeed, it seems hard to think that she must die, but we must all die, and if we are prepared it is the most consequence. I wish that I was prepared to meet my God in Heaven.
Have been washing today. This evening Sylvia Maybery and Mary Bates called to see me. After they left here I wrote a few lines to Lydia Swift.
Have been ironing all day, made a little jelly this afternoon.
This morning I have been sewing on my dress. This afternoon Mrs. Hubbard and I began to feel rather lonely, and went down to the store and stopped a while. Miss Weston and I took a short walk. I bought a piece of ribbon to wear with my collar.
Benjamin Ames and his wife and Ellis came and spent the day, I enjoyed their visit very much. we went to the House of Correction and to the Jail, and saw the convicts, at work. A room full of them were shoemaking. There was one room occupied by three colored women and a small child. Mr. Crandon showed us all the rooms in both buildings. Mr. Miller called here tonight while Mr. and Mrs. Ames were here. Mr. Wilson took tea with us. I called at Mr. Bates’ tonight. I received a letter from dear Ned today.
This morning I received some berries from home which were very nice indeed. Went to the store this evening a short time.
Have been baking some today, and made a little currant wine for medicine. Have been in the kitchen nearly all day acting Irish girl. It has been a hard rain today.
This is a pleasant day, and dear Edward’s birthday, if he is alive. He is 22 years old. I have been to meeting today and at home this evening.
Have been washing today. This afternoon Henry and Louis Henry came and took tea with us. Mary called here tonight when she went home she found Clara and Herbert at home. They brought me some berries from mother, and they were very nice indeed, I called to see Clara tonight.
Have been washing today, and this evening Clara came in and spent the evening.
We called at Dr. Hunt’s this afternoon. This evening Miss Parsons called here and Miss Shaw was with her. Frank Sprague and Mr. Gifford called here, from High St. I was pleased to see Frank.
Tonight I called at Clara’s, and she went out in town with me to see the streets decorated. It looked beautiful.
Have been very busy today. Tonight I went out to the Depot and there was an immense crowd there waiting for people to come in the cars. The people came in great numbers on account of the celebrations.
Went to meeting at Mr. Harvey’s Church, came home at noon, and started for Kingston. We arrived at H.K. Keith’s in season to go to meeting, at Mr. Peckham’s Church. We went to Henry’s and took tea, and it was a heavy rain tonight, but cleared up in time for us to come home. Mr. Miller and Thomas Drew came over with us in a carriage. Thomas is going to stop with us tonight to be here in the morning early, to help them trim the store.
Went to meeting at Mr. Harvey’s Church, came home at noon, and started for Kingston. We arrived at H K Keith’s in season to go to meeting, at Mr. Peckham’s Church. We went to Henry’s and took tea, and it was a heavy rain tonight, but cleared up in time for us to come home. Mr. Miller and Thomas Drew came over with us in a carriage. Thomas is going to stop with us tonight to be here in the morning early, to help them trim the store.
This is a busy bustling day. George Martin and his wife and George came over here to the celebration, Levi and Wallace came here and took tea before going home. WM’s father and mother came here this morning. They stopped here while we went to the celebration. For Clifford made a speech, also Edward Everett made a speech, and several others. Sophsonia and I went to the Pavilion and had a dinner, and heard the speeches. I enjoyed it very much. Mr. Kennedy and his wife, Abby, and Frances Torrey called here but I was not at home. Augusta, Pratt, and Laura Peterson called here. I saw Mr. Adams just as I was going out of my door. He came and spoke to me. As Judge Mitchell of Bridgewater, was coming into town, he fell down dead: he was nearly 80 years of age. It was supposed to b an affection of the heart.
The New York Band were here. There were people from other states present today, and a great multitude of people. Henry Brett called here, but I did not see him. The streets were illuminated beautifully and there was music in the evening. I saw Mr. Knowles and shook hands with him this evening.
Have been washing today. This morning Sarah Durham called to see me. Sally Wright and another lady called here. This afternoon Mrs. Gurdy and Mrs. Witherson called to see me. I took a walk this afternoon, and to see the Rock which the Pilgrims landed upon, and called at the store as I came home.
This morning Mr. and Mrs. Jameson returned home, and William and I went to the Pilgrim Hall with them as they went home. Elmira Leonard and little brother came here today, and we went to the store this afternoon, and called at Dr. Miller’s office.
Have been washing today.
Adaline Morton and Miss Thomas called here this afternoon. Clara called this evening. I heard today that Mary Ann was at home sick, had been raising blood.
I have been washing and ironing today, and making currant jelly. I have been preparing to go home and stay a week. Clara came in this evening.
It is stormy today and I did not attend Church. And I cannot go home today.
I have been washing and ironing today, trying to get ready to go home, and feel quite tired.
I started from Plymouth this morning, and met Mr. Hatch before I got out of Plymouth. When I got home they told me that Joanna and her mother had gone to make me a visit, as Mr. Hatch had gone to court. This morning I heard the news that Hannah Standish was buried yesterday. It was rather sudden to me.
Today William returned to Plymouth. Mother, Aunt Polly, Sandy, and I have been out – this morning. Augusta came up and stopped a while. Nathaniel Pratt and his wife, and Augusta called here tonight, after they left. I went down to the Webster Farm, for father. I called at grandmother’s she told me she had been out picking berries. I came home, and I called at Dr. Paine’s and took a rose that Mrs. Paine gave me.
I commenced Edward’s shirt today. This afternoon I made several calls up to the corners. Saw Catharine at Mr. Boylston’s. Tonight, went for father. I called at Mr. Alden’s, they told me they thought they would visit us tomorrow. I also called to see Sally Moorehead who is very feeble. I got a letter for Augusta from Lysander. He has been sick again with fever and ache, he was at San Francisco.
This morning I went out berrying a short time. This afternoon Mr. Alden and his wife and children took tea with us, we had a very pleasant visit from them. This evening we went down to Mrs. Pratt’s, saw Nathaniel and his family from Boston.
I called into Harriet Paine’s today to see Mrs. Sampson who is sick. Was intending to go and see Grandmother, but there was a shower which prevented me from going.
Went to meeting this forenoon, heard Mr. Peckham from Kingston preach. In the afterno9on did not attend meeting. At night we walked up on the hill to look on the water to see the vessels.
Washed this forenoon. This afternoon W and I went to Aunt Sarah’s and took tea. Called at George M Baker’s as we came home.
This morning Hitty called to see me, she told me she though of going to school to Wilbraham. And Sarah Walker started yesterday morning at four o’clock for Westfield school, some distance to go alone. Augusta Pratt called to see me today.
This morning we started for North Abington. The Companies looked very pretty especially the Horse Companies. We had a hard rain to come home in nearly all the way home, but arrived at home safe. W, Levi, and myself saw Rufus Kingman and his wife there, also some that I was aggravated with.
Stormy again today. I tried to go to Plymouth this morning but it was too stormy to go. This afternoon Levi took us over to the Kingston Depot, and we took the cars to Plymouth. When we arrived the folks were taking tea, found Miss Bartlett and the house keepers here.
Miss Bartlett is here today. I called into Sophia Weston’s mothers this afternoon. This evening we say the arrival of Daniel’s vessel, and I am anxious to see Dan and Eddy.
This forenoon I have been baking some, starching and ironing a little. This evening I have been down to the store. This afternoon I called at Mr. Bates’, did not find Clara but saw Abby and her children from New Bedford.
This is a fine Sabbath, and we have been to church all day. Reverend Mr. Aldrich of Middleborough spoke finely. This evening Miss Parsons an, Miss Shaw, and also Abby Lucas called here.
I have been washing today, did not finish my work till quite late. This evening I have been ironing some.
Today I have been ironing again.
This morning I have been cooking some. Mother, Aunt Polly, and Eddy dear have been here today. Mother assisted me to fill some pillows. In the afternoon we went to the store. Mother and Aunt purchased a dress, and Aunt lost her dress out of the carriage on the way home. I rode out as far as the Pilgrim Hall, and walked back.
Lydia Sherman called to see me this afternoon. I called at Mr. Bates’ this evening, and Mrs. B came home with me.
I called on Susan Hoyt this evening. Clara returned from her journey tonight.
Baked some this morning. Daniel and Joanna came over this morning. I went out with them to Pilgrim Hall, and we stopped at Ballard’s Saloon and took Ice Cream, then came home and took tea. We called at Mr. Bates’ this afternoon. This evening Mr. Swift, his wife, and Mary came in here.
Sabbath day and a nice morning it is. We went to Duxbury with Daniel and Joanna. We attended meeting in the afternoon. A stranger preached. I do not know his name. This evening Ned and I called to see Sally Moorehead, found her rather feeble, but in pretty good spirits, for one so weak as she is. Mr. and Mrs. Dorr called at our house tonight, also Uncle Ephrain.
This morning we started for Plymouth, and arrived home at eleven o’clock. I got dinner then did my washing. While washing Mrs. Hubbard called to see me, but would not stop as I was washing, she thought she should hinder me about my work.
I ironed today. Mrs. Weston called to see me this afternoon, also Miss Churchill, and Lydia Sherman, and sister, after which I went to the store, forgot the key and was fastened out, was obliged to get in the last way that I could, into the cellar window.
Mike Fritz and his wife came here today, also Mrs. Jonson and his wife from North Bridgewater spent the afternoon with us. I went out to the Depot tonight to meet Eddy but he did not come, and I was much disappointed.
This morning we went to take a sail. Mr. Fritz and his wife, William, and myself. When we came back we found Mrs. Fuller, Benjamin’s sister, from Lowel at the store. This afternoon Mr. Fritz wife, Mrs. Fuller, and I rode down on the beach, I enjoyed it very much. After tea, Mike started for North Bridgewater. I went to the store this evening.
Cooking this morning. This afternoon Lydia Sherman called here, and gave me an invitation with Mrs. Fuller to go out to Pilgrim Hall, I could not go very well. Mrs. Fuller accompanied her there. I called to see Clara a short time this afternoon. This evening Eddy came down from Boston to stop one night. Mrs. Dorr called this afternoon, but as I was not at home, she did not come in.
Arose at quarter past to prepare breakfast for Eddy, as he was going to the city. He started at about six, or before six for the Dept. This afternoon I have been baking some. Luther, Augusta, and Sandy came over here today to do some trading, and stopped here to dinner. While Augusta was here Mrs. Dorr and her sister called here. After they left here, Augusta and I went to the store, they did there trading and started for home, and I came home and finished ripping my dress, then came home and got supper and so on.
Have been to church all day, saw six ladies. Immersed down to the water side. I have been to an evening meeting also.
I have been washing today as usual.
I have been ironing today. Benjamin and his sister have been to see Frank Sprague today. Abby Lucas called here this morning. This evening I went to the store.
This day I suppose Daniel and Edward sail also Joanna, as she is going with them. Benjamin and his sister were at the Mansion House today, and my family was rather small. This evening Mr. and Mrs. Perry came here, also Sophia W and Lydia L.
This morning Mrs. Fuller left here, for Lowell. This afternoon, Reverend, Mr. Harvey, Mrs. Sampson, Gibbs Durham called to see me. This evening, Abby, Clara, and Miss Lucas called here.
This afternoon we have been to the funeral of Emmeline Florence Ames, Reverend Ames’s child. She was sick about four days, died sudden. Tonight Levi came over with Mr. Gurdy and stopped a short time. He brought me a bouquet of flowers from the late Webster’s garden. I went to the store with him when he went back. I stopped all the evening, and read most of the time.
Baking this forenoon, this afternoon I finished WM’s pants. Sophia called here.
We attended meeting tonight at the Baptist this forenoon, and at the Methodist this afternoon. This evening went to the Sabbath School concert, at the Baptist Church.
This morning Levi came over, and I have been washing today. This is mother’s birthday, she is 63 years old. It is eight years today since I went to learn my trade in the shop.
I have been ironing today. Persis Bartlett called to see me this afternoon. This evening Levi and I went into Mr. Bates’ and from there went to the store and stopped a while.
This day at work on a shift for W. This evening Dr. Miller and Thomas Drew came in. Levi is here yet. This afternoon Lucy Foster called here and glad was I to see her. Her mother called for her, and as I was mixing bread Lucy said she would go to the door. She came in running down stairs saying she was lost, instead of going to the front entry she had gone up into the front Chamber.
Neglected my journal this day.
I called on Miss Sherman tonight, then called at Mr. Bates’ then went to the store. Mrs. Magow and Abby called to see me today.
Have been baking some, and finished preserving my plums today. This afternoon went to the store. W. measured off a dress for me. This evening Clara came in, and told me that I had done a part of W’s shirt wrong, do not know how to make a shirt but used to know to give one, ought not to have got married until I knew how to make one.
Not very pleasant, but have been to church all day, heard very good preaching, wish I was a Christian myself. This evening stayed at home and read.
Have been washing today. This afternoon commenced a shirt for W. This evening Clara came in and we called on Mrs. Henry Perry. Had a very social call.
Have been ironing this forenoon, and this afternoon took a ride to Chittonville
At home today. This evening Lydia Sherman came in and stopped nearly all the evening.
I called at Mrs. Sherman’s this afternoon, and had a very social call. I then called at Mr. Bates’; from there called at Mrs. Harvey’s to know if Miss Bartlett was there.
I called at Mr. Bates’ again this afternoon, then called at Mrs. Harvey’s again, found Miss Bartlett, and she thought that she would come and keep home for me when I went to Maine.
Nathan Baily’s babe was buried this day. have been cooking, preparing to ho home in the cars. This afternoon we started for home in the cars before quarter past 3 o’clock, stopped in Kingston a while till Levi came after us. We arrived at home about dark. After supper I went to Mrs. Gurdy’s and had my lining fitted. I then called at Mrs. Weston’s, found her quite sick. Then came home with Levi and we went into aunt Polly’s a short time.
I have been to church all day today. Reverend Edmond K Alden preached, I liked him much. Colonel Reed’s child was christened today. Tonight rode home with Sally Simmons from meeting. W. was out well and did not go to meeting today. This evening I have been writing a letter to dear Ned. Augusta and Sandy came in tonight.
This morning we started for Kingston and arrived at about half past 8 o’clock. I stopped at Mrs. Bonney’s a short time, then went to the store and stayed till time for the cars. Mr. Miller and Thomas Drew came in the cars at the same time that we did, and we had a social time, then all walked from the depot in company. After we came home W took a severe cold writing in the store without a fire and is nearly sick. Miss Bartlett came tonight to stay for me to go to Maine. I washed this afternoon and had callers, Susan Bradford and Susan Churchill.
We have given up the idea of going to Maine as W I quite feeble today. Miss Bartlett went back this morning. I commenced starching and ironing this morning, and Susan Bradford came to see me and I put it by for today. She made me a present of a pair of salt spoons, very pretty indeed, I prize them highly. Susan Ezra came and took tea with us, and they stayed nearby all the evening. Mrs. Bates, Abby, and Clara called this evening.
This morning I went to the store on an errand and to Mr. Bates’. Saw Edwin Lucas, Abby’s husband, Mrs. B came in today, also Dr. Hunt came to see W N. I have been ironing this afternoon and evening. Sophia called today.
Dr. Hunt called again to see W N. this afternoon H K Keith called here. He and Wilson came over to take measures. This evening Mrs. Freeman came in and stopped a short time.
Have been doing odd jobs today. This afternoon have been to the store, got some ribbon for Mike’s bookmark. I met with Mrs. Foster and Lucy, Lydia Bradford and Susan. Susan Ezra and Miss Glass came home and finished my mark. This evening Clara came in, also Sophia.
This afternoon I went to the store and Milliner’s shop. Sophia put the ribbon on my bonnet.
Have been to church this forenoon, heard a very interesting sermon indeed, wish that I might profit by it. This afternoon I stayed at home for company for w as he is not well. This eve Dr. Hunt came in with Miss Walcut and Sophia, also C. Faunce and Frank Sprague.
I have been washing today. This afternoon Mrs. Bates called. Miss Jameson called to know how Mr. Jameson was. Mr. Miller came in this evening.
Have been ironing today. Lydia Sherman called here this afternoon. This eve I called at Mr. Bates’. Clara came home with me. Miss Walcut and Sophia called.
This morning Lucy Foster came to see me. We went sown to the store and called into Dr. Miller’s office. We took a walk to see the Rock that the Pilgrims landed upon. Stopped at the banks as we returned home. Heard of the death of Julia Drew’s husband. He died at New Orleans of yellow fever. This eve Mr. Baxter came in to see W.
This morning I went out in town to purchase some eggs, had not been at home but a very short time when father, mother, and Aunt Polly came to see me. I enjoyed their visit very much indeed. In the afternoon I went to the store with father to make some purchases. On our way we met Charles Peterson. He and father I think were pleased to meet each other. Mrs. Bates, Clara, and Herbert came in also, Dr. Hunt. I hear today that Elisha Sprague is married to Lucy Ann. I also heard of Aunt Hannah Bahey’s death.
H. K. Keith called this morning. This afternoon Lucy and I walked up to the cemetery. It is a beautiful spot prettily laid out. From there we went to the store. This evening Adaline Morton came for Lucy, and she is gone. I have been to Mr. Bates’. Clara has been in here this evening.
This morning I went to Mrs. B’s and got some milk, and have been baking. W walked to the store this forenoon the first time for nearly a fortnight. This afternoon Martha J Delano called, I was pleased to see here. She is teaching a school at Habs hole (or Wellingsly.) Reverend Mr. Harvey also called.
I have been to church all day, and after the services, saw two ladies immersed. This evening Miss Walcut and Sophia called.
Washing today as usual. This afternoon Olive Harlow, and a friend of hers called. Miss – from Northboro, at school with Olive at Bridgewater. They were going there in the cars this afternoon. They went to Duxbury from a cattle show with Mr. Boylston a few days ago.
Have been ironing today. Mrs. Hubbard called this afternoon. This evening I called at Reverend Mr. Harvey’s with Mrs. Bates. Mary and Clara came in this eve. Herbert is quite sick with the rash.
Mr. Wade took dinner here today. I went to the store today. This evening I called on Miss Churchill but did not find her at home.
Went to the store to look at some shawls this morning. This afternoon W. and I went over to Mr. Bates’, before we got home B. Ames and Mr. Miller called here. Benjamin made quite a long call. This evening Mr. and Mrs. Leavey spent the evening here. Also Mr. and Mrs. Fownes called here.
A beautiful morning. W has walked down to the store. Saw Harriet Barstow’s this marriage in the last evening paper. Daniel if alive is 31 years old today. Joel Jameson’s wife and child came here this afternoon. This evening Jane and I went to the store. Mr. Wade spent the evening here.
This morning, we took a walk upon the old burying hill, about six o’clock. We called at the store this forenoon and walked around some. This afternoon J and folks started for home. I rode as far as Pilgrim Hall with them then came home and went to work.
Have been to church all day. Frank Sprague took tea with us, and stopped this evening.
Have been washing and ironing some. Mary and Herbert called here. This evening Mrs. Demins called, also Clara.
Ironing today, Mercy M Morse came here this morning, and this afternoon we went to the store. This evening Adaline Morton came for Mercy, and she has gone away with her. I have been in to Mr. Bates’ this evening. Levi came over today and gathered our drapes for us. Mercy and I went to the store this afternoon. Maria Kimball and Ellen Keith called here tonight.
I called on Mr. Dire and sister, found but one of them at home, called at Mrs. Weston’s tonight while I was at Clara’s. I went to the store and Clara and Mary called in.
This morning Mercy and I went to Kingston in the cars. I called on Julia Drew, Louisa Brewster, Mrs. Leonard, Mrs. Keith, and took dinner with Mrs. Ames. Came home in the four o’clock train in season to get summer.
I went to the store to get something for a scarf. This evening commenced working when Clara came in. Mrs. Loring and Mrs. Lavery called to give me an invitation to join the society.
Baking some and preserving juices. H K Keith took tea with us. Clara came in and spent the evening. Mr. Swift came in for her.
Have been to church all day, heard very good preaching. The text in Matt, 25 Chapter 34, the verse, “Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, come ye blessed of my Father inherit the kingdom prepared for you, from the foundation of the world.” I wish that we might have it said to us at the judgment day, but suppose live a different life from what I do.
Washed today, but did not put out my clothes on account of the storm.
Put my clothes out this morning. Sibil and their children came here today.
Sibil has been ironing for me this forenoon.
Packard and folks returned this afternoon to N. Bridgewater.
October 28th & 29th
We went to Duxbury this morning. I saw Abigail Sherman , the bride at church.
Went to Mrs. Gurdy’s and got my dress. Abigail came up to make a call this afternoon, after she went home I called to see Grandpa and Grandma.
This morning we started for Plymouth and arrived here about eleven o’clock. Aunt Polly came home with us.
Washed today and ironed some.
November 11th – 19th
It is now mid November and my journal has been neglected. I have wrought up a scarf, made a vest, called to see Martha Delano, made some other calls since writing in it. Aunt Polly went home last Tuesday. Levi came for her. Wednesday I heard of the death of Mr. Gideon Harlow. Mrs. Dire and Miss Covington called to see me this week. George Centrey called today and I traded some with him. This evening I went out for the paper (also to the store), could not find any news from my dear brothers.
This is my dear brother’s birthday he is eighteen years old, and a tall boy too. Have been to meeting today.
Have been washing but could not dry my clothes.
Put out my clothes and ironed some. This evening I attended the sewing circle at Mr. Faunce’s, enjoyed myself better than I anticipated on account of their being strangers to me mostly.
Called at Susan Ezra’s but she was not home. I also called at Dr. Hunt’s.
This is Thanksgiving Day. This morning we went to Duxbury. It was rather stormy after we got over there. John Howard was too late for the cars, and was obliged to walk to Kingston.
Came home this morning from my home in Duxbury. When we arrived at Kingston Mary, Frank Sprague, and Mr. Gardner were there intending to call and see me. They came over in company with us. We arrived here just noon. In the afternoon we made some calls, out to Pilgrim Hall. This afternoon they returned.
Nothing remarkable. Levi came over today to fetch some things. Frank Bates called here to see Levi.
Have been to meeting all day, and this evening had a very interesting meeting. I felt the need of religion more than I ever did before.
Washed today but could not dry my clothes.
Ironed some today. This evening went to the sewing circle. I joined as a dollar member.
Finished ironing today and made some calls this afternoon. This evening went to meeting and had a very interesting meeting.
First day of Winter. This afternoon I called on Mrs. Leavey. Called on Mrs. Hubbard but she was not at home. When I got home Mrs. Perkins and Miss Churchill called, also Mrs. Hubbard. This evening Mr. Faunce came in to see me.
This afternoon I called on Mrs. Dire. Also went to the store and brought home some cologne, made by Dr. Hunt. This evening went in to see Clara. She had a son born this morning.
Have been baking today. This afternoon finished my flannel under garment.
Have been to meeting all day, also went this evening. They have very interesting meetings indeed.
Have been washing today, before I got quote cleaned up, Mrs. Harvey and daughter called, and before they went out Mrs. Bonney and Mrs. Robinson called from Kingston. This eve I went to meeting at Mr. Harvey’s.
Ironed today. Mr. Faunce came in this evening and stayed nearly all the evening.
This morning Henry brought his mother and Emma over to see me. Mary Ann came this morning also. This afternoon, W got a carry all and took us all out to Mr. Kimball’s, we left Mrs. Keiths out there. Mrs. Harvey called again tonight.
This afternoon I went out to the Depot with Mary Ann. We called into Dr. Miller’s Office also to the tailor’s shop to see Sarah Morton. Thomas Drew went to the depot with us. When I came back I called on Mrs. Godard, but she was not at home.
Called on Mrs. Nelson, and Mrs. Covington.
Have been baking today. Mary and Herbert came in this afternoon.
Have been to meeting all day and this evening had a very interesting meeting.
Have been washing this afternoon. Mrs. Washburn called. This evening some ladies called for one to go to meeting at Mr. Harvey’s, I went with them.
Have enjoyed my mind a very little more than for some days past. I received a letter from dear brother Edward today.
Called on Miss Churchill and Mrs. Perkins. This evening I went to meeting and a very interesting one it was.
Went into Mrs. Bates this forenoon, found Clara Smart.
Called on Susan Ezra today.
We started for North Bridgewater today. Sibil’s father met us at Centre Abington Depot. We arrived at Packard’s at night, found the babe quite sick. Mr. and Mrs. Jameson called at Packard’s tonight after we arrived there.
This morning we went to church, Reverend Mr. Grafton preached and his discourse was very interesting. Tonight Sibil’s babe died at quarter before 5 o’clock.
We helped Sibil (Lavina and I) and this afternoon we went down town, I saw Alina.
The funeral was today.
Today we went to Boston, had his daguerreotype taken. I went into Brett’s store. Tonight WM’s father came to the Depot and we went home with him.
Packard and Sibil came over today.
December 23rd, 24th, 25th
Went to meeting today. This afternoon heard W’s cousin David Temple Packard preach, liked him very much indeed.
Today we came home to Plymouth.
Washed today, did not quite dry my clothes. Have heard of the death of Thadeus Marshfarn’s wife.
Ironed today, had a fortnight wash this week.
Ironed my dickeys and shirts today.
Today I commenced working a pair of shoes for W. Finished a pair of pants.
Baked today and finished my mending. The cars have not been out from Plymouth for three days on account of snow. I heard of eight vessels wrecked during the last storm. Some of the crew are now at Perry’s. This is the last day of the year and we are preserved till this time. How thankful we ought to be. I hope the next year if I live I shall live a different life from what I ever have before. I hope that the remainder of my days I may try to serve my creator.
January 1st, 1854
This morning did not attend church. This afternoon I went, heard a very interesting sermon. One thing is needful, was the text. I think I have enjoyed my mind pretty well. This evening I attended an interesting meeting.
One year today since Daniel was married. Have been washing today. This afternoon Mr. Thomas White called to see me. He told me of the death of Sally Moorehead. I heard a few days ago of the death of Thadeus Washburn’s wife. And why am I spared while others are taken perhaps to leave me space for repentance. I have enjoyed my mind a short time past better than formerly, and hope that I have given my heart to the Savior.
Ironed today. This afternoon Mrs. Nelson and Mrs. Durham called here, after they went out I went to the store. This evening Dr. Hubbard’s wife came in and made quite a long call.
I had a present in a cup from Edward Whiting. This evening Mr. Faunce came in. After he went away I started to go to meeting, but met both of my feet and returned home again.
Had a present of a cup and saucer from W. Miss Sampson called in this afternoon.
It is one year again today since we were married. Also It is Joanna A’s birthday, 25 years old. This evening I have been into Mr. Bates’, also WM has been with me.
Baked this forenoon and this afternoon we went to Duxbury. Found very bad passing, arrived home a little before dark. Went into Aunt Polly’s this evening.
Today I am at home, this afternoon we have been to church, W, mother, Levi, and I have been. I saw Abigail Sherman. Augusta and Sandy called in tonight. I called to see Grandma and Grandpa.
We stayed at home with mother this forenoon ad started for Plymotuh afternoon. I called to Augusta’s before I came off. As we came along, we stopped at H K Keith’s. I saw George Adams, he said he saw the death of Lysander in California. I can hardly realize it. Again we are admonished that life is short. This evening Mr. Capen and his wife called here, from Boston.
This morning we heard that the Kingston Bakery was burned, set on fire it is thought. I have been washing. H K Keith’s wife and Emma called this morning.
I have been ironing today. Sophia Weston called this afternoon. This evening I intended to have gone to meeting, but W did not feel very well and wished me to stop at home. This evening Lydia Sherman came in here.
It has been very windy and stormy all day. W burnt the chimney this afternoon. George Freeman came in today.
Finished a vest this forenoon, and did some cleaning. This afternoon I have been out to the store. I met with Abby Lucas. She called into see me.
This forenoon I baked some. This afternoon Mary Bates and Ann Nelson called. After they left here, Charity came in and glad was I to see her. She told me that Amanda had got home and that they had a letter from Lysander’s employer. I suppose poor Lysander died of consumption. This evening I called to Calel Holmes’s to see Charity before she went home. After I came back Reverend Mr. Harvey called in.
Have been to church all day and this evening W has been also. Edward W called here this afternoon.
Have washed today but could not dry my clothes as it is a storm. This afternoon have been to the store and brought home a curtain and made it. Sophia called this afternoon.
Stormy today. Went into Mrs. Bates’ this morning to get some milk, saw Clara and Abby.
Have been ironing today. Dr. Packard came here today from Maine. This evening I attended meeting. There were not quite as many out as usual, though it was an interesting meeting.
Nothing remarkable. Joseph Adams called tonight to see us.
I commenced a puff today. Dr. Packard left here this afternoon for North Bridgewater.
Have been baking this forenoon and this afternoon tied a puff.
Attended Church all day, and 6 o’clock meeting at Mr. Harvey’s. Frank Sprague came over here. He told me that Hadley Standish was very low.
Washed today. Heard of the death of Dea Drew of Kingston, I suppose he was a nice man. Went to Bible class tonight at Mr. Harvey’s.
Have been ironing today. This evening called at Mr. Bates’s.
W commenced taking account of stock. H K Keith and Mr. French from Boston are here. I attended meeting this evening.
They finished their business at the store today and the men left here tonight. Mr. Faunce called tonight.
This is the anniversary of my birth. Twenty five years old today, and I hope not to live the remainder of my days in sin, but hope that I may live a different life.
This afternoon I went to the store, then called at Mrs. Hubbard’s but did not find her at home. I then called on Lydia Sherman. This evening W and I went to Mr. Denins’ and heard their daughter play on her piano forte.
Martha J Delano called here today and glad was I to see her. She told me that she heart that Hadley Standish was dead. This evening I called to see Clara.
Cold this morning, we attended Reverend Mr. Foster’s church this forenoon, as this is his last Sabbath for preaching in that church. This afternoon we attended Mr. Harvey’s.
I Washed today, as usual.
I Ironed some.
This afternoon I called into Clara’s and she accompanied me to Susan Hoyt’s. I also called at Mr. Harvey’s, a very pleasant call. As I came home, I called at the door of Sarah A Thomas, but she was not at home. Henry K took tea with us tonight. This evening I attended meeting.
I commenced W’s pants today. This afternoon I went to the store to get some things.
Finished the pants all but pressing.
This afternoon I got ready to go home, then I called to Clara’s. When I came back the carriage was waiting. We arrived in Duxbury this night. I called to Augusta’s found them in tears on account of Lysander’s death.
We went to meeting this forenoon, and heard a beautiful sermon. The text was, “My purposes are broken off.”
This is a stormy day. This afternoon the sadness came to us that a bark was on shore and that it was my dear brothers. But it was joyful news to know that they were all safe, but some frozen. It was very remarkable indeed that they should all land safe four or five miles from old home after tossing about in the Bay since Thursday. It was the good news of God that they were spared and we all ought to think of it, but I do feel afraid that I shall not feel thankful enough for his mercies, that if he shows to us daily and has all our lives. But that is a great mercy that they were spared alive. I pray that I may truly thank my Heavenly Father, and preserve for all favors that we receive for we ought not forget them. Dear Eddy came here tonight, and we were all rejoiced to see him. We had about a house full of neighbors and friends to welcome him home.
This forenoon I assisted mother in baking and this afternoon went to Mr. Hatch’s. We met with Mr. Gale there, the gentleman that took a passage home with Daniel in the Bark. I liked his appearance much. We waited till the stage came to see Daniel but he did not come. After tea we started for home, found Ned there with them. A member of callers in tonight.
A snow storm today. But we came home and it snowed constantly, all the way. This afternoon Mr. Howard came in to look up his clothes, as he is about leaving us. Edward Whiting came here yesterday morning. It is now a rainstorm.
I washed today.
I ironed today. Sent a note home. W has gone to Kingston on business. I made some calls this afternoon. Mrs. Hubbard called today.
This afternoon I went to the store, selected a solar lamp by request of W A. Jameson.
Attended meeting all day and evening. We had an excellent sermon. This morning the text was “Save me and I shall be saved.” Also a very interesting meeting this evening. I think that I never enjoyed meeting more in my life than I do this winter. Henry and children came over tonight.
I have been washing today. There was an alarm of fire but it did not amount to anything. This afternoon Mrs. Perkins called on me. This evening I have been working some on W’s shoes, but feel rather tired and shall soon retire.
Ironed today. This evening Mary Bates came in, and I went to the sewing circle with her, at Mrs. Callingwoods. It was bad walking, and not many present about ten or twelve.
Today I have been working on a vest. This evening I went to meeting and enjoyed it very much, do not think I ever enjoyed one more. If I had only courage I think I should have spoken myself, I do think that I have met with a change and hope that God will give me a strength to press onward, and never look back. I think it is my desire to press.
Stormy today, but I looked some for my dear brothers over. But they did not come and I am almost discouraged. This evening Mr. Faunce came in and spent most of it with us, and we passed a very pleasant and social evening. Miss Walcut and Sophia called in this evening.
Lydia Sherman made me quite a long call this afternoon. This evening finished a vest.
Mr. Howard called here this forenoon, and Eddy, Mr. Sonworth, and Wallace came over here and spent the day. Edward purchased a suit of clothes. Clara has been in here this afternoon, and I went to the store with her.
Have been to church today and this evening.
Have been washing today. This evening went to bible class, had a very interesting one. Came home and found Eddy here, and called here this afternoon.
It has been quite a hard snow storm today. I have been ironing today and this evening cut a vest for W Nelson.
This evening Edward has gone out, and I have been to meeting. Had an interesting one.
February 23rdand February 24th
This afternoon my dear brother Daniel and his wife came here from Boston. I was much pleased to see them. This evening Clara came in, also Mr. Wilson from Kingston. Ned accompanied Clara home.
Today have been very busy baking a very little, cooking chickens, etc. Levi came over and Edward went back with him. I went to the store with Daniel and Joanna. This evening I finished Eddy’s vest. Miss Susan E Holmes called here tonight, to send a bundle to Charity.
It has been stormy all day, and we could not go home or to Church and had the pleasure of Daniel and Joanna’s company.
This morning we all started for Duxbury. When we arrived at Kingston it began to storm, and stormed all the way home. After we arrived home, we all went down to call on John and Mary Ann and had a very pleasant call.
This morning Charity came in, we all called to Augusta’s, saw Betsy Cushman. We then called on Aunt Polly. She dined with us. This afternoon E P Sprague called, and about two o’clock we started for home. When we were not far from the village, we met a Claire Nelson turned out into the rut and they did not offer to turn out till they were nearly opposite and riding very fast. Imagine my feelings of fright and I looked around and their chaise tipped over, and saw three men picking themselves up. The horse that we had jumped, but not more I suppose than any worked at the shock. We stopped a moment to see if anyone was injured, but they said no harm was done.
Today I washed. This evening I was intending to have gone to meeting, but W was not very well, and wished me to stay at home. I went to the store and brought a knife for Joanna, went into Mr. Bates’s for an errand this afternoon.
Ironed today, nothing remarkable.
Have been baking some today. This afternoon finished WM’s vest, did my mending.
Attended meeting all day, WM was not well, I did not go this evening, I went into Mrs. Bates’s and got some herbs for him.
Washed today, Mrs. Bates’s called in today. This evening attended the bible class, had a very interesting one over thirty present.
I did my ironing today. This afternoon Lucy Foster and Louisa Sampson called here.
Today commenced a vest. This evening Clara came in to see me. It is stormy and I did not go to meeting. Dear Ned came over this afternoon.
Andrew and Mary have been in today.
Stormy today. Edward left Plymouth this afternoon for Duxbury. Poor Ned was homesick.
Baked today, finished a vest.
Attended meeting all day and evening. Enjoyed the meeting today very much, better than this evening. Frank Sprague and Cornelius came over this evening.
Commenced washing this morning, and a fine day it is. Before I finished my washing Mrs. Keith, her niece, and two children came here to spend the day. Mrs. Turner and Mrs. Robbins, her daughter, called here. I went up on the burying hill and to the store with Miss Perkins, and Mrs. Keith. This evening, Henry came over after his folks, and spent the evening.
Today I have ironed. This evening Mr. Faunce came in, also Mrs. Bates and Mary, and had a social chat.
This afternoon I went to the store, and called at Mrs. Hubbard’s but she was out. I then called on Mrs. Durham. This evening I went to meeting, had a very interesting one.
This morning Clara came here, spent the day. Mr. Swift came and took tea, also Mr. Wilson. This evening I went down to the store. It thundered and lightened some tonight.
This afternoon Mrs. Hubbard and her children came in to see me. This evening Miss Walcut came in and stopped some time.
Today did my baking and got my work all done up, thinking that I was going home, but at noon found that I could not go, I felt very much disappointed and feel quite discouraged, but can’t help it. This evening, commenced working on my dress.
This morning we went home to Duxbury. I saw Daniel and Joanna. Mr. Fitz and George Simmons called at our house going home from meeting. This evening I called to John Baker’s to see Mr. and Mrs. Brett. Eddy went with me.
This forenoon I went down to see Grandmother and this afternoon we came to Plymouth. This evening I attended bible class. We had a very interesting one. Dreadful news, we heard today, of the loss of Sch. Russell of Plymouth and all her crew lost, I think there were nine persons lost, it was a sad accident.
This morning it was pleasant but cold, at about six o’clock we started for the Depot. We went to Boston. Went to Mr. Brett’s store, and from there we went down to the vessel Eastern Star to see my dear brothers, before they sail, from there we went to the Franklin House, and met Joanna there. In the afternoon we went out to a furniture store WM’s cousin’s store. He purchased a stand for me. We then went to the vessel again, and saw Daniel, Edward, William, George, Martin, and Luther Sherman on board, quite a company of own folks, including Joanna, WM, and I. we came home tonight. This evening, Dr. Miller spent with us.
Today have been washing all afternoon. Mrs. Bessey and Sarah called here. Clara and Mary came in tonight.
Have been ironing today. Mr. Wilson came over today.
Mrs. Magoun came and spent the day with me today. Tonight Miss Straffins called here. My dear brother sailed today.
Have been to meeting today, and heard a beautiful discourse. Something of a funeral sermon, on account of the nine men that were lost in the Sch. Russell a few days ago.
Have been washing, and mended Benjamin’s coat.
Mr. Faunce came in. also, Mrs. Dire called. I have been to the store selecting some wristlets.
This afternoon I took my work into Clara’s and stopped a while. Also called on Sophia.
This afternoon I went to the store again. I finished WM’s shoes that I have been working on. This evening we went to the High School Exhibition. It was very good. There were almost 400 persons present.
Today I commenced working my chair cover. Two of the bodies have been brought into town today, that were lost from the Sch. Russell. Adaline Morton and her cousin called tonight. Miss Walcut and Sophia called in tonight.
The ladies of Mr. Richmond and Mr. Raymond have been buried today. It is a very stormy day.
This is a pleasant day and I have been to meeting all day and evening, enjoyed the meeting very much.
Before I had finished washing my floor this forenoon, Adaline Morton and Sarah A Thomas called here. My dear brother Levi came over today, glad was I to see him. This evening I went to the Bible class and thought it very interesting.
Ironed this forenoon. Wallace came over and stopped a short time. Betsey Bourne came and took dinner with me. This afternoon I have been at work on my dress. WM has gone to the city today.
This afternoon Mary Bates came and spent the afternoon with me and I went home with her in the evening.
This is Fast day and this morning I went to the store, and selected some thread. We went to meeting this forenoon, and tonight Mary and I took a walk, Levi is here yet. This evening, Mr. and Mrs. Ames and Ellis came over here.
Levi went off today and left me lonely.
Have been baking today. This afternoon Mrs. Baker and Marcia Thomas called here.
Have been to church all day and, this eve did not go as it was stormy. Frank came over tonight and stopped some time with us.
Have been washing today but soaked my clothes as it is stormy. Frank came over tonight and stopped some time with us.
Went to the store today. This evening have been working on my chair cover. Mr. Faunce came in. Two men came here to lodge as they were full at the Mansion House.
Have been ironing today. This evening W and I have been to meeting, and had a very interesting meeting.
Mrs. Bates and Clara came in tonight, this evening, Sarah Morton came and spent the evening with me. Mr. Wilson stopped here tonight.
Today have finished one piece of work and have been working on my chair cover some.
Last night and this forenoon it has been storming quite hard. I was intending to have hone home today if it had been favorable, but must not complain.